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The Impact of the Toronto Audience Award on the Oscar race

16 September 2014 5:46 AM, PDT

Over the weekend, the Toronto International Film Festival gave out its extremely prestigious Audience Award, a prize that’s often considered to be a harbinger of future Oscar success. To one degree or another, almost all movies that win the prize tend to receive some level of Academy Award attention. The award is highly sought after and a number of films were thought to be in the running at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Well, for those of you who don’t know which flick took the prize, I’ll save that for a little later in the article, but right now I want to get into what the Audience Award means and which titles were thought to be eying it up in a big way. Historically, the Audience Award at Toronto has really been a signifier for the Academy, especially of late. The award was first given out »

- Joey Magidson

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Re-ranking the contenders in Best Picture

15 September 2014 5:18 AM, PDT

With the festival season well underway and a good portion of the contenders for Best Picture having screened or about to screen, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the category and see what’s what in an expanded fashion. I did this with the major categories a few months back, but that was when almost everything was still speculation. We have some facts to go on now, so while much of this is still just an educated guess, I’m not completely relying on hunches this time around. It’s more of an even mix, depending on the film in question, of course. Here now are ten movies that are sitting the prettiest in my mind right now for Best Picture: 1. Gone Girl – The highest profile unseen player gets my number one spot at this point and time. If it hits during »

- Joey Magidson

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