Toronto Film Festival launches Oscar race and an awards gala of its own

While there is no official start date to Hollywood’s awards season, it certainly feels as if something has begun. And on Thursday the Toronto International Film Festival will kick that feeling into high gear by gathering heavily buzzed about titles from earlier festivals ranging from Sundance to Venice, and adding a whole new crop of contenders to the mix.

Expect big star

from Tom Hanks as

Rogers in Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Eddie Murphy as cult comedy icon Rudy Ray Moore in Craig Brewer’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” classy literary adaptations like John Crowley’s “The Goldfinch” with Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort, and moving historical dramas including the Harriet Tubman bio
pic “Harriet” with Cynthia Erivo and the social justice saga “Just Mercy” with Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

But Toronto also offers some exciting wildcards
including Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers,” starring Jennifer

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