Telluride has gotten the jump on Toronto, Oscar-wise, lately. But that doesn’t mean the same thing will repeat itself this year. Some movies that did well at Telluride this week might not have the same kind of impact in Toronto, where there are many more viewers. It will be interesting to see if 12 Years a Slave captures the buzz, as it did in Telluride, for instance. If Telluride can make you, Toronto can make or break you.
There is a very big movie about to land in the Oscar race that is going to tip it dramatically in a different direction. It is embargoed until tomorrow when I and others will be posting reviews. It’s not a film that is headed to Toronto. But other than that movie, what other films might land with a giant splash into the tidepool the race has become so far for Best Picture? At most, the Academy will select up to nine Best Picture nominees.
From Sundance, the film that made the biggest splash:
Fruitvale Station, one of the defining films for our age, also the discovery of writer/director Ryan Coogler.
Before Midnight, the third installment of the collaboration between Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater.