It’s no surprise that Toronto film festival is seen as a breeding ground for contenders of the Academy awards just like Telluride Film Festival along with Venice Film Festival and aldo New York Film Festival. This year has witnessed some Toronto debuts, which have added to the mystery of possible nominations to the Oscars.
Each festival has its stars, little wars and myriad of talent and TIFF lives up to the expectations. Among titles creating buzz at TIFF are Top Five from Chris Rock, The Cobbler from Thomas McCarthy, The Drop from Michaël R. Roskam, The The Good Lie from Philippe Falardeau, The, The Judge from David Dobkin, Love & Mercy from Bill Pohlad, Tusk from Kevin Smith, Men Women & Children from Jason Reitman, Miss Julie from Liv Ullmann , Nightcrawler from Dan Gilroy, This Is Where I Leave You from Shawn Levy, Pawn Sacrifice from Ed Zwick, The Theory of Everything from James Marsh, St. Vincent from Theodore Melfi, and While We’re Young from Noah Baumbach. The experienced participants also make their presence felt like Damien Chazelle with Whiplash, Mike Leigh with Mr. Turner, Jon Stewart with Rosewater, Morten Tyldum and his The Imitation Game, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild. All in all, the competition is on and as tough as it can be.
If we were to subtract movies with poor reviews to make a possibly accurate guess about winners, there’s a good chance that The Humbling, The Cobbler, Black and White, The Judge, The Good Lie, Miss Julie, and This Is Where I Leave You will be knocked out of the game. Now there’s another group of titles which are good, but don’t seem to be good enough have an Oscar bestowed on them. They include The Drop, The Equalizer, Top Five, Tusk, and While We are Young. The ones which have emerged as clear victors of this flick race at TIFF amongst a sea of others, which have proved their worth are Men Women & Children, Pawn Sacrifice, St. Vincent, Nightcrawler, Love & Mercy, and The Theory of Everything.
Coming to the individual nominations, feels like Night crawler has paved way for Jake Gyllenhaal as Best Actor, also displaying potential for Gilroy to win Best Director/Best Screenplay Award; or maybe the movie will be crowned as Best Picture itself for its new-age vibe. St.Vincent is only a few paces below, marking possibility for Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy to be awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Optimistic and vibrant reviews have been garnered by The Theory of Everything. Its lead actors, Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne have bagged many a compliments for their roles and may well be on their way to own the Best Actor and Best Actress titles for the same. The picture has also been perceived as a Best Picture by the audience. However the fate is bounded by time.
We are to wait and see who gets the ultimate trophy. Till then, New York Fashion Week rolls out this month to keep us excited and busy.