12 Years A Slave picked up the People's Choice Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival Sunday, possibly signaling it will have a good run in the season's awards race.
Twenty-seven countries have given their selections to the Academy to date. But one that won't make the list is Cannes Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color due to a quirk in the Academy rules. Check out the list of selections to date.
The Toronto International Film Festival typically has a big Saturday night with many competing events hosted by distribution companies to celebrate their TIFF films, many of which will be headed to the New York Film Festival later this month.
Oscar night is still nearly six months away, but that hasn't stopped insiders in Toronto from proclaiming Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" a frontrunner for best picture.
It's been five years since Ben Stiller's last directorial effort and his new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which will World Premiere as the Centerpiece of the 51st New York Film Festival, seems poised for award season buzz.
Georg Maas' feature Two Lives starring Juliane Köhler and Liv Ullmann will represent Germany as its official submission for the 86th Oscars in the Best Foreign Language category.
Actress Cate Blanchett and actor/director Ralph Fiennes will be feted with Gala Tributes at the 51st New York Film Festival. The annual celebrations recognize the work of individuals who have made "significant artistic contributions to film culture in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
The Gotham Independent Film Awards will give its annual Industry Tribute to Katherine Oliver, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment at its December event.