How the Toronto International Film Festival could affect this year’s Oscar race

The Toronto International Film Festival has long passed and people are now eagerly awaiting this year’s Oscars – the 94th Oscars, to be precise. And you can almost be certain that last month’s festival will have an impact on the upcoming Oscars.

The Toronto International Film Festival has long passed and people are now eagerly awaiting this year’s Oscars – the 94th Oscars, to be precise. And you can almost be certain that last month’s festival will have an impact on the upcoming Oscars.

TIFF, as it is also called, has not been around for that long. While the Venice Film Festival has been around since 1932 and is the oldest and among the three most prestigious in the world – the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival being the other two – the Toronto International Film Festival n didn’t start wearing the aforementioned title until 1994.

Brought into play by Dusty Cohl, Bill Marshall and Henk Van Der Kolk, with the trio introducing the Toronto Festival of Festivals in 1976, it aimed to give more exposure to films selected as the best at other festivals. Of course, there is much more to be gained from a live film festival than from a festival presented virtually. Last year’s Cannes and Telluride concerts proved it; moviegoers and fans alike were pretty excited to see this return to normal in that regard. January’s festival drew rave reviews and is expected to impact the Oscars.

There is still more than a month before the latter passes and it remains to be seen who will walk away with the coveted accolades. TIFF must have boosted things in terms of punting, and betting sites in Ontario were likely avenues with a lot of Oscar-related activity in the end.

The festival has become something of a trailblazer for the Oscars over the years. The People’s Choice Award, given to the most popular films and dependent on the votes of moviegoers, is considered the most important. The first was awarded to Claudia Weill’s Friend in 1978. best boya documentary by Ira Wohl, won it in 1979 and won the Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

In 1981, however, it really became apparent that the Toronto International Film Festival was a pretty big factor when it came to the Oscars. That year, the People’s Choice winner chariots of fire won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Since then, several films have won Oscars after winning TIFF. You can check them out below:

The official story (International feature film) in 1985

Anthony (International feature film) in 1995

american beauty (it won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor) in 1999

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (he won four Oscars including International feature film) In 2000

Bowling for Columbine (Winner of Documentary Feature) in 2002

Brokeback Mountain (three Oscars including Best Director) in 2005

Slumdog Millionaire (eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director) in 2008

The King’s Speech (four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor) in 2010

A separation (International feature film winner) in 2011

12 years of slavery (three Oscars including Best Picture) in 2013

Projector (two Oscars including Best Picture) in 2015

The Earth (six Oscars including Best Director and Best Actress) in 2016

Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor) in 2017

green paper (three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor) in 2018

JoJo Rabbit in (Best Adapted Screenplay) in 2019

There have also been several controversies surrounding TIFF. In 1978, the Ontario Board of Censors had In honor of older women remove 30 seconds from an intimate scene. Casuistry: the art of killing a catwhich is essentially a documentary showing three men torturing and killing a cat for an art project, sparked strong protests from animal activists who called for its removal in 2004.

Variety film critic Peter Debruge has described the Toronto International Film Festival as a ‘dumpster’ for films with no sense of curation, while art director Cameron Bailey accepts almost any film with a few star names involved . “To put it bluntly, TIFF has become a dumping ground, serving up hundreds of new films with barely a discernible sense of curation,” Debruge wrote in 2016.

“Only by scheduling fewer films overall and highlighting the really hard work will the truly deserving films have a chance to be released. Until then, TIFF is caught somewhere between being an embarrassment of riches and just an old embarrassment,” he added.

TIFF has made it easy for people to bet on some of the major categories at the Oscars, but even that shouldn’t be completely relied upon, there are always a few other variables that come into play at such events.

Darcy J. Skinner