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The Oscar Players at Toronto – Who’s Got the Keys to the Steamroller?

Which film or performance could plow their way into the Oscar race…?

12YearsaSlave_Fassbender_ChiwetelAfter the Toronto Film Festival released their lineup yesterday, heads were spinning with the amount of possible Oscar contenders that will be playing at the festival in September.  In past years, they got their hands on films that kicked off a steamroller all the way to the Oscar ceremony.  Films like American Beauty (1999) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008) come to mind.  All they needed were the right critics talking them up and have the right publicists and campaign heads wait and pounce at the opportune time.

This year, I believe we could get the same type of reaction given the slate they’ve acquired.  Obviously some films like Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle won’t be playing there and have the full capability to go the distance if the quality is intact.  Last year, Russell’s Best Picture nominee Silver Linings Playbook (2012) emerged from TIFF with a full legion of followers and catapulted eventual Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to the Oscar stage.  We may get the Best Picture winner or we could get the performance of the year (allegedly) being pulled from a special screening.  I for one cannot wait.

Go through the gallery to see the top five most anticipated viewings.  I believe any of these can produce an awards magnet that will catapult a film or performance to frontrunner status.

What do you think?


Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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