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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

20W2O: 29 Weeks To Go

Yes, it is that time again.

Like it or not, Oscar season has begun. We’re just 5 weeks from the Toronto International Film Festival, where a whole slew of contenders and pretenders will show themselves to a hungry media throng… and real human beings too!

I have 30 legitimate Best Picture contenders on my list right now. And by the time TIFF ’12 ends on September 16, we who see these movies and give our opinions about their chances, will have seen more than half the field.

Did You Know?: Six of the last seven Best Picture winners had their North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival? And the one that didn’t (The Departed) had its US junket over the last weekend of TIFF that year?

Of course, two of the Best Picture winners that North America-premiered at TIFF didn’t get released until the next year after TIFF (Crash and The Hurt Locker). And, of course, six of the seven BP winners before that had nothing to do with TIFF. Things change. So don’t get overly locked into one idea of how these seasons go.

But let’s start with the Toronto list this year.

The rest of the column & charts…

3 Responses to “20W2O: 29 Weeks To Go”

  1. Krillian says:

    Hey, everybody! Dave included TED in his charts! Click and go see!

  2. Paul D/Stella says:

    Sweet Jesus there are a lot of promising titles being released soon. So much to be excited about. Wish I was going to Toronto. This year’s lineup looks extra good.

  3. eugenen says:

    DP, not sure if this is “same difference” nitpicking, but ‘The Artist’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ all played Telluride before Toronto. ‘Slumdog’ was a “TBA” and so not part of the official program.

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