2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

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Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar star in LION Photo: Mark Rogers © Long Way Home Productions 2015
Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar star in LION Photo: Mark Rogers © Long Way Home Productions 2015

Lion
dir. Garth Davis – TIFF – The Weinstein Company

After missing out on a Best Picture nomination for the first time in years, Harvey Weinstein and his team of Oscar gurus will be looking to get back in the Dolby with Garth Davis’ “Lion.”  Featuring an all-star cast that includes Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, the film may have no trouble tugging at the heart strings, if the newest trailer that premiered last week is any indication.  With recent news of shake-ups at the company, who knows what the studio is going to look like during the season.