If you’re a serious OscarWatcher, you know that today is exactly six months until next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. So on this Oscar equinox (if you will), my EW film-festival pal Missy Schwartz and I discuss three female-driven films that will certainly have moviegoers buzzing at the Toronto International Film Festival (which begins Sept. 10) and over the next few months: Precious, Bright Star, and An Education. Check back tomorrow and Wednesday for Part 2 and Part 3 of our Toronto preview. And please follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for instant updates during the festival and beyond.

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