Toronto Announces - Awards Season Is On!
The Toronto International Film Festival (or "tiff" for short) – now entering its 42nd year – has become one of the arbiters of awards season. Films with a hope like to go there, Venice or Telluride – all three of which happen within mere weeks of each other – to announce their intentions to the world and kick off the autumn/winter race that leads to all things Oscar, next February. Some take an early lead, some fall at the first hurdle, some seem unstoppable until their envelope gets mixed up right at the end.
Earlier today, Toronto became the first to announce its line up – so expect to see much more this year of such movies as Alexander Payne’s Downsizing with Matt Damon’s incredible shrinking man, director George Clooney taking on old Coen script Suburbicon (with Damon once more), Judi Dench going for another Queenly win in Victoria and Abdul, Gary Oldman piling on the prosthetic pounds as Churchill in Darkest Hour, Darren Aronofsky seeing if the presence of Jennifer Lawrence can raise his horror mother (their lower case) from the usually ignored depths of genre, Jake Gyllenhaal going “full legless” (we’re paraphrasing) in Stronger, Guillermo Del Toro courting favour in the shape of The Shape Of Water, Angelina Jolie trying to nail that directing thing with First They Killed My Father, Andy Serkis stepping behind the camera with Breathe (also opening the London Film Festival), Margot Robbie ice skating and maiming In I, Tonya, Frances McDormand looking already like a dead cert for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and – you know – many more.
Have a look at the full list below – some of these will be with us for the duration.
The Toronto International Film Festival Runs from September 7 to 17
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