Posted Jul 25 2017

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 Catcher Was A Spy
Darkest Hour
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Long Time Running
Mary Shelley
The Mountain Between Us
The Wife
Woman Walks Ahead

Battle of the Sexes
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
The Brawler
The Breadwinner
Call Me By Your Name
Catch the Wind
The Children Act
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
The Guardians
The Hungry
I, Tonya
The Price of Success
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
The Rider
A Season in France
The Shape of Water
Sheikh Jackson
The Square
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Victoria and Abdul


The Toronto International Film Festival Runs from September 7 to 17


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