A Majestic ‘Joker’ Drags the Oscar Race Into the Darkness in Toronto Premiere

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A Majestic ‘Joker’ Drags the Oscar Race Into the Darkness in Toronto Premiere
Before the North American premiere of his film “Joker” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday night, director Todd Phillips sounded a cautionary note for the fans who packed Roy Thomson Hall.

“I’ll warn you,” he said from the stage. “It’s f—ing bonkers.”

Well, yeah, it sure the hell is. Two days after winning the Golden Lion from the jury at the Venice Film Festival, “Joker” hit another festival and left the audience shaken with the astounding portrayal of madness delivered by Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

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But Phillips’ warning could apply to awards voters, too. The Golden Lion has been a pretty good indicator of Oscar potential over the last couple of years, with “The Shape of Water” winning two years ago and “Roma” taking the prize last year.
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