The Toronto International Film Festival is now universally regarded as the 'starting gun' to the arduous race towards the spring's Oscars, and as such some of the contenders were really pulling out all the stops, so who were the big winners from Toronto? We sift through the buzz to find out.
1. 'Silver Linings Playbook': David O. Russell's comedy-drama was the most obvious winner becuse it err... actually won the Audience Choice Award, Toronto's highest accolade, starring 'The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence and 'The Hangover's' Bradley Cooper it has followed in the foot-steps of previous Oscar and Toronto winners 'Slumdog Millionaire' and 'The King's Speech'.
2. 'The Master': Paul Thomas Anderson's cult-based thriller was a winner (and because of some strange rules a loser) at Venice, and continued getting critical acclaim at Toronto. Actors Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are now moving up the Oscar betting, as is the film itself. However the real story occurred outside Toronto where despite appearing in only five cinemas in New York Losa Angeles, it smashed records for takings per screening with an incredible $145,000.
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Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'The Master' (Photo: The Weinstein Co/SplashNews)
3. Argo: Ben Affleck's Iranian-hostage-crisis drama came second in the Audience Award, and although Affleck's movie didn't sweep the board like some expected, a good solid showing amongst critics stands it in good stead for getting in the mix when it's nominations time.
4. Cloud Atlas: The Wachowskis' epic tale stretching the centuries certainly cost a lot, a reported $100m and its time-hopping ambition and slate of star turns, including Tom Hanks and Halle Berry should mean this is made for the Oscars. However with even star Hugo Weaving thinking it may be "too much" for some audiences according to E! Weekly, it was a film that divided critics. Yet a standing ovation in Toronto has ensured that this is one big budget monster that hasn't been written off as a pricey dud yet.
5.'Hyde Park On Hudson': If you designed a movie around the last 20 years of Oscar wins it would probably be this, a President with a disability, King George VI and a sideways look at the Second World War II. Yet 'Hyde Park' the movie itself isn't being talked about as a contender. Bill Murray's performance as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt however is, and we wouldn't want to bet against Bill.
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