AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY received mixed reviews at Toronto, but best reviews came from the acting.  Many of the negative reviews were in reference to how the film ends, with many call a cop out.  The Weinsteins are considering changing how the film ends before it’s official release in the US.

A new trailer has been released and it reminds us that Meryl Streep can act!




AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY premiered tonight in Toronto. The reviews are mixed to say the least.












22910797_BG2 Oprah-Winfrey-The-Butler is reporting that Meryl Streep will be eligible for Best Supporting Actress for AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.  That would put Streep in direct competition with Oprah Winfrey, who could get a Best Supporting Actress nom for LEE DANIELS, THE BUTLER.  Streeps role in OSAGE COUNTY is a leading role, but that would put her in competition with Julia Roberts, who they are also pushing for a lead actress nomination.  It is unlikely that both Steep and Roberts would get nominated for the same category.  Splitting them gives each one a better chance.  Both movies are from the Weinstein Company and they know how to win Oscars.

This is done all of the time. Last year Philip Seymour Hoffman was changed to Best Supporting Actor for THE MASTER.  Even though him and  Joaquin Phoenix were the leads.  Both of them received nominations.  Phoenix for Best Actor, Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor.

This is bad news for Winfrey. Its tough to compete against Meryl Streep in a role that many predicted would get her another Best Actress win.  Great news fro Julia Roberts.





The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 5-15. It is known to launch movies into the Oscar race. Last years Best Picture winner ARGO had its premiere at Toronto and THE KINGS SPEECH the year before.

THE FIFTH ESTATE will open the festival.  It stars Benedict Cumberbach as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Opens October 18th.



16 Galas were announced with a screening of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. With Meryl Streep (already a Best Actress contender) and Julia Roberts.



Also premiering will be Matthew McConaughey as a man who fights his HIV diagnosis by creating medications himself. You may have seen pictures of a very thin McConaughey during the making of this film. Fresh from great preformances in MUD, MAGIC MIKE and BERNIE, this could be his first Best Actor nom.

Exclusive... Matthew McConaughey And Family Leaving Church

Also set to premiere is Steve McQueen’s slavery tale 12 YEARS OF SLAVE.



Ron Howard’s Formula racing movie RUSH.



Two films with actors last performances will also be shown. ENOUGH SAID with James Gandolfini reportedly , ALL THE WRONG REASON which co-stars the late ” Cory Monteith.



GRAVITY which is opening the Venice Film Festival, will also play at Toronto. Comic-Con was a buzz last week after an exclusive extended clip was shown.

Here is a clip:



Here is a complete list of movies playing Toronto:


The Fifth Estate Bill Condon, USA (World Premiere)


Life of Crime Daniel Schecter USA (World Premiere)


American Dreams in China Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China (North American Premiere)
The Art of the Steal Jonathan Sobol, Canada (World Premiere)
August: Osage County John Wells, USA (World Premiere)
Cold Eyes CHO Ui-seok and KIM Byung-seo, Korea (North American Premiere)
The Grand Seduction Don McKellar, Canada (World Premiere)
Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas, USA (International Premiere)
The Love Punch Joel Hopkins, France (World Premiere)
The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany (North American Premiere)
Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom Peter Chadwick (World Premiere)
Parkland Peter Landesman, USA (World Premiere)
The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
The Right Kind of Wrong Jeremiah Chechik, Canada (World Premiere)
Rush Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany (International Premiere)
Shuddh Desi Romance Maneesh Sharma, India (Canadian Premiere)
Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Myers, USA (World Premiere)


All Is By My Side John Ridley, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Attila Marcel Sylvain Chomet, France (World Premiere)
Bad Words Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
Belle Amma Asante, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Blue Is The Warmest Color Abdellatif Kechiche, France (North American Premiere)
Burning Bush Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic (North American Premiere)
Can a Song Save Your Life? John Carney, USA (World Premiere)
Cannibal (Caníbal) Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France (World Premiere)
Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée, USA (World Premiere)
Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan, USA (World Premiere)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Ned Benson, USA
Dom Hemingway Richard Shepard, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA (Canadian Premiere)
The Double Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Enough Said Nicole Holofcener, USA (World Premiere)
Exit Marrakech Caroline Link, Germany (International Premiere)
Felony Matthew Saville, Australia (World Premiere)
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina (World Premiere)
Gloria Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain (North American Premiere)
Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France (World Premiere)
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy (North American Premiere)
Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele Nigeria/United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson, USA (World Premiere)
L’intrepido Gianni Amelio, Italy (North American Premiere)
Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland (World Premiere)
The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Joe David Gordon Green, USA (North American Premiere)
Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA (World Premiere)
Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan (North American Premiere)
Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China (North American Premiere)
MARY, Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland (North American Premiere)
Mystery Road Ivan Sen Australia (International Premiere)
Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA (North American Premiere)
Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (North American Premiere)
One Chance David Frankel, USA (World Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, USA (North American Premiere)
The Past (Le Passé) Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy (North American Premiere)
Philomena Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway (International Premiere)
Prisoners Denis Villeneuve, USA (World Premiere)
Quai d’Orsay Bertrand Tavernier, France (World Premiere)
REAL Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan (North American Premiere)
Starred Up David Mackenzie United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Third Person Paul Haggis, Belgium (World Premiere)
Those Happy Years (Anni Felici) Daniele Luchetti Italy (World Premiere)
Tracks John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia (North American Premiere)
12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Violette Martin Provost, France/Belgium (World Premiere)
Visitors Godfrey Reggio, USA (World Premiere)
Walesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.) Andrzej Wajda, Poland (North American Premiere)
We are the Best! Lukas Moodysson, Sweden (North American Premiere)
Le Week-End Roger Michell, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
You Are Here Matthew Weiner, USA (World Premiere)
Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) François Ozon, France/Belgium (North American Premiere)


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Jonathan Levine (free screening)



**Thanks to Awards Daily for publishing good list for me to copy




AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY is an adaption of the Broadway show of the same name and won both a Tony and Pulitzer. Written by Tracy Letts, it is about a family overcoming differences “when their alcoholic patriarch goes missing”. It is directed by John Wells and the cast includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Abagail Breslin and Dermont Mulroney.

Producer Harvey Weinstein is already working on getting AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY some Oscars. He held a test screening on Monday and some people in attendance are predicting a fourth Best Actress Oscar for Meryl Streep. ioweurl on Tumblr posted this:



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It looks like reviews are mixed, but they agreed that the acting was strong enough for some awards. In the end this little test screening doesn’t mean anything until the critics see it, but it at lease starts the conversation about possible Oscar contenders.

Release date: November 18, 2013