Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Wins Top Prize at TIFF


Martin McDonagh’s, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. It beat out other favorites like The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, and Stronger. I, Tonya was first runner-up and Call Me by Your Name was second runner-up.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri stars Frances McDormand as a mother who becomes frustrated by the police’s progress in her daughter’s murder that she rents out three billboards with a message for the town’s police. Also starring Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, the film has already received significant Oscar buzz since its premiere at TIFF.

Fourteen of TIFF’s Audience Award winners have gone on to become Best Picture nominees since 1978, including last year’s La La Land. Five of the prize winners ended up winning Best Picture, Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and 12 Years a Slave.

The last time a movie won the TIFF Audience Award but failed to earn a Best Picture nomination was Where Do We Go Now in 2010.  Three Billboards now gets a major publicity boost and joins the Oscar buzz conversation.

List of TIFF winners:

People’s Choice: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh (Runner-up: I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie. Second runner-up: Call Me By Your Name, Luca Guadagnino)

Midnight Madness: Bodied, Joseph Kahn (Runner-up: The Disaster Artist, James Franco)

Documentary: Faces Places, Agnès Varda, JR (Runner-up: Long Time Running, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier)

Best Canadian Short Film: Pre-Drink, Marc-Antoine Lemire

Best Short Film: Min börda, Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Best Canadian First Feature: Luk’Luk’I, Wayne Wapeemukwa

Best Canadian Feature Film: Les Affamés, Robin Aubert

Toronto Platform Prize: Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton


Call Me by Your Name Gets a Trailer


Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for director Luca Guadagnino’s critically acclaimed Call Me by Your Name. Based on a novel by André Aciman, the film takes place in 1983 and stars Timothée Chalamet as 17-year-old American-Italian boy who is on on summer vacation with his family in Italy.  Ann American played by Armie Hammer comes to work with the boy’s father, when a summer romance begins.

Call Me by Your Name first premiered at Sundance where many were already predicting a shot at Best Picture. It will play at Toronto next month.

It opens in theaters on November 24th.

Room Wins Audience Award at Toronto

Lenny Abramson’s ROOM walked away with the audience prize at Toronto.  ROOM screened at Telluride and Toronto, both to standing ovations. Six of the last 7 winners of the audience award went on to win Best Picture. The exception is last years BIRDMAN.  If ROOM can continue this momentum and A24 played their cards just right, we may be looking at a big winner throughout awards season. 


UNDER THE SKIN was shown at Toronto and the reviews were polarizing. People either loved it or hated it.

Nude scenes of Scarlett Johansson will certainly bring an audience, but it might be too “weird” for Oscar folks.



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!







It happens every year. A movie makes a big splash at Toronto or Telluride and everyone claims it the Best Picture winner. Last year at this time THE MASTER and ARGO were most peoples picks.  ARGO did go on to win Best Picture, so maybe they are on to something.

This year is is 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

Christopher Rosen at Huffington Post said,

 I’m not even sure we should have this chat — or any other this Oscar season — since the Best Picture winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards is “12 Years A Slave.”