The Toronto Film Festival announced 75 of the likely 250-plus films it will screen Tuesday. The September festival often hosts the world or North American premieres of films that will go on to take Oscar gold. Argo premiered there last year. In fact every best picture winner in the last decade except The Departed and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King has played at TIFF. So this year’s announcement also holds the first look at which films we’ll be hearing about come awards season.
Some of the most anticipated world premieres are that of The Fifth Estate, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s WikiLeaks movie that will open the festival; the Meryl Streep-starring August: Osage County film adaptation; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba; and the star-studded 12 Years a Slave. Mike Myers‘ directorial debut Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon; Paul Haggis‘ Third Person, starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody and James Franco; and You Are Here, a road-trip comedy featuring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler will also get their world debuts at Toronto. Benedict Cumberbatch could be this year’s break-out star, as he has roles in The Fifth Estate, August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave.
Some other films that will be showing this year in Toronto are Alfonso Cuar n’s lost-in-space movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and Dallas Buyers Club, the film for which Matthew McConaughey dropped 50 pounds.
On a sad note, TIFF will also feature Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said which features one of James Gandolfini‘s final on-screen performances and the Canadian film All the Wrong Reasons, Cory Monteith‘s final film.
The festival begins Sept. 5 and films that receive praise out of Toronto are on the fast track to get awards show love as well.