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Toronto 2009: Your crib notes

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And we’re off! The Toronto International Film Festival officially starts today, as do the Oscar hopes of dozens of movies. I’ve screened about 15 of the festival films already; based on what I’ve seen and what I’ve heard, here are the three or four best bets among the Toronto crop in each major category. (I’m focusing on films that already have distribution, since most acquisitions are likely to be released next year.)

Best Picture Up in the Air, Precious, Capitalism: A Love Story

Best Director Jason Reitman, Up in the Air; Steven Soderbergh, The Informant!; Lee Daniels, Precious

Best Actor George Clooney, Up in the Air; Matt Damon, The Informant!; Viggo Mortensen, The Road; Clive Owen, The Boys Are Back

Best Actress Carey Mulligan, An Education; Abbie Cornish, Bright Star: Penélope Cruz, Broken Embraces

Best Supporting Actor Alfred Molina, An Education; George Clooney, The Men Who Stare At Goats; Paul Schneider, Bright Star; Scott Bakula, The Informant!

Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious; Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air; Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Photo credit: Dale Robinette