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TIFF to Tinseltown: a tour of the 14 Oscar-nominated films that screened at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival may not have the glamour of Cannes, the street cred of Berlin or the skiing of Sundance, but it does have one thing going for it: it’s the unofficial kickoff of Oscar season. The filmmakers who come here every September to show and sell—a full five months before the awards ceremony—are well aware that they’re already in the race to the Kodak Theatre. The early jockeying often pays off: 14 of the 36 feature films nominated for Academy Awards this year screened here (the dubious likes of TRON: Legacy and Salt, for the record, did not). Before the big tally on Sunday night, we take a look at the films that embarked on their trip to the golden boy’s antechamber right here in our backyard.

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Looking back at TIFF 2010: Eight films to watch

As with any film festival, TIFF 2010 had its share of disappointments (Miral, Hereafter) and outright disasters (Passion Play, What’s Wrong With Virginia), but the general consensus is that this was a pretty good year. Critics and audiences found more than a few gems, and an astounding 18 films that arrived here without North American distribution have already found buyers. By our reckoning, however, eight films stood out as the biggest winners of the festival.

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Celebrities confirmed for TIFF: Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Mirren and more

Helen Mirren will be coming to plug Brighton Rock (Image: Rubenstein)

Alliance Films is the first distributor to confirm its TIFF lineup and talent, giving us a preliminary look at the stars we’ll be stalking in September. Here, a list of some big films and the celebs who’ll be here to promote them.

1. Blue Valentine
Derek Cianfrance (Director)
Ryan Gosling

2. Brighton Rock
Rowan Joffe (Director)
Helen Mirren
Andrew Riseborough

3. Fubar II
Michael Dowse (Writer/director)
Dave Lawrence (Writer/actor)
Paul Spence

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