TIFF'09 was a very big year for buzz. Creation opened the fest, Dr. Parnassus was Heath's last film and the Oscar buzz was all about "Oprah, Oprah, Oprah!" Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire was capturing all the acclaim and glory. Then the festival closed with Emily Blunt's performance of The Young Victoria. It was visually gorgeous, she and Rupert Friend were excellent as the Queen and her consort, and I fell in love with both of them. This was my second closing night gala and party, and unlike previous years it was being held at Roy Thomson Hall. It really was an unusual night because they even put the VIP section for those behind the film on the same floor with the rest of us. At the beginning of the party, I was sipping on some wine and chatting with a friend when all of a sudden Emily Blunt walks by us. "Emily!" I touch her arm and she stops. Now I'm holding her hand.
"Oh my god, that was the best film ever! You were so great in it. And I predict that by March it'll be 'Oprah who, Oprah where'!" I gushed.
Then I realize that I'm holding her hand. Let go of her hand, you freak, I say to myself. Oh, oops. Wow she has the softest skin. I let go.
"Thanks for liking the film," she says. "Now, can you tell me where the closest bar is?"
"What do you mean, you have the VIP section over there!"
"Yeah but no one's there yet--"
"Well then, give me your VIP bracelet and I'll go in!" No such luck...
Now that it's Day 7 of TIFF'14, the predictions have already started buzzing around. In fact, they started Monday, at least among my immediate TIFF circle. And unlike previous years, the Best Actress noms have been far more difficult to assemble than the Best Actors. It appears that the common theme running through the films I've chosen this year is men and boys: they're evolving, growing up, realizing their true potential, overcoming or succumbing to the odds, becoming remarkable, descending into madness or debilitating illness -- or worse. So for fun, here are my nominations for Best Actor if it was up to me.
The films I've seen up to now that would be Oscar contenders:
Predicted list of Best Actors, in no particular order:
And for fun, I'd even nominate Ralph Fiennes for his role in The Hotel Budapest, even though it didn't play at TIFF. If it had, I suspect it would have premiered at the Elgin, where the best weird stuff plays. (See: Tideland)
Next time: Best Actress
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