Dave Karger IDs a quartet of movies screening at Canada's premier festival, beginning Sept. 4, that aim to be in the mix at nomination time

By Dave Karger
August 28, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Dave Karger on Toronto Oscar bait

Jonathan Demme‘s intimate family portrait showcases Anne Hathaway, playing against type as an out-of-rehab drama queen at her sister’s wedding.

Will Rachel Getting Married get Anne Hathaway on Oscar’s guest list? Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz consider the reception:

Rachel Getting Married trailer: See it and rate it

NEXT PAGE: Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes in The Duchess

As sparring newlyweds, Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley conduct an 18th-century War of the Roses in this feisty soap operatic period piece.

What are Keira Knightley’s chances of scoring her second Oscar nomination in The Duchess? Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz discuss:

The Duchess trailer: See it and rate it

NEXT PAGE: Viggo Mortensen and Renée Zellweger in Ed Harris’ Appaloosa

Ed Harris, who shepherded Marcia Gay Harden to her Oscar for Pollock, directs and stars in a Western featuring Renée Zellweger and Viggo Mortensen.

What are the chances Oscar will saddle up with Ed Harris’ Appaloosa? Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz shoot the breeze:

Appaloosa trailer: See it and rate it

NEXT PAGE: Greg Kinnear in Flash of Genius

He may not play a celeb like Capote or Ray, but Greg Kinnear is impressive in this biopic about the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper.

Can an underdog role in Flash of Genius put Greg Kinnear over the top on Oscar nomination ballots? Dave Karger and Missy Schwartz consider his chances:

Flash of Genius trailer: See it and rate it

Visit EW.com’s PopWatch blog for Dave Karger’s Oscar Watch for regular updates on the race to win on Hollywood’s biggest night.