It seems like just yesterday that Casey Affleck, Emma Stone, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis were being hailed for their incredible performances at the Oscars. With fall film festival season already underway though, frontrunners for this year’s awards season are quickly becoming apparent.
Here are the top ten performances from TIFF films that are already being celebrated as the best of the year.
10 TIFF performances that are going to dominate awards season
TATIANA MASLANY in STRONGERCanadian sweetheart Tatiana Maslany may already have an Emmy award, but wouldn't it be great if she picked up an Oscar as well?! Playing selfless girlfriend Erin to Jake Gyllenhaal's Jeff Bauman (based on his real-life Boston Marathon story), Maslany's work is heartbreaking.eOne Films Canada
EMMA STONE in BATTLE OF THE SEXESRumour has it that when Emma Stone was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for last year's People's Choice award winner La La Land, she was disappointed that the accolade wasn't for her work in Battle of the Sexes. As real-life feminist icon Billie Jean King, Stone disappears into the role seemingly effortlessly and may just win back to back Oscars.Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
JAMES FRANCO in THE DISASTER ARTISTCult classic The Room is now a global phenomenon, with sold out screenings playing around the world on almost any given night. In the midnight madness smash hit The Disaster Artist, James Franco pulls double duty as director and star, and just nails the part of the bizarre Room creator Tommy Wiseau.Elevation Pictures
GARY OLDMAN in THE DARKEST HOURWinston Churchill has already been played by two other incredibly talented men this year (John Lithgow and Brian Cox, respectively), but it's Gary Oldman's layered acting showcase that has people talking. Expect the brilliant British actor to give Daniel Day Lewis a good run for the Best Actor award this winter.Focus Features
ANNETTE BENING in FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOLAfter last year's shocking Oscar snub for her tremendous work in 20th Century Women, not to mention a storied career, Annette Bening is long overdue for a coveted gong. With her brutally honest portrayal of screen legend Gloria Grahame, expect Bening's name to be one of the first ones called on Oscar nomination morning.Mongrel Media
ARMIE HAMMER in CALL ME BY YOUR NAMECritics don't agree on much, but in this year's crop of brilliant films they're all singing the praises of the coming-of-age love story Call Me By Your Name, and, in particular, Armie Hammer's nuanced performance in the film. After gamely promoting The Birth of a Nation at last year's festival, expect Hammer to be handsomely rewarded with a Best Supporting Actor nod.Mongrel Media
SALLY HAWKINS in THE SHAPE OF WATEREarlier this year, British character actress Sally Hawkins received unanimous praise for her charming portrayal of artist Maude Lewis. Now, piggybacking on that solid awards buzz, Hawkins has become the front runner for the Best Actress Oscar with her lovely performance in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
WILLEM DAFOE in THE FLORIDA PROJECTIn Sean Baker's much anticipated follow-up to Tangerine, Willem Dafoe plays a building landlord who is a sort of everyman. In other words, the complete opposite of Dafoe's usual typecast villain roles, and the actor beautifully sinks into the part.Elevation Pictures
MARY J. BLIGE in MUDBOUNDThe strength of a woman indeed. In Dee Rees' Sundance favorite, Mudbound, singer Mary J. Blige plays long-suffering matriarch Florence and effectively steals every scene she's in. Surely there will be no drama when Oscar voters cast their ballots for the multi-talented Blige.Netflix Canada
STEVE CARELL in BATTLE OF THE SEXESWhen comedic actor Steve Carell was recognized for his work in Foxcatcher a few Toronto International Film Festivals ago, pundits remarked that there will come a day when he'd finally be lauded with awards. Well it looks like that day has finally come for the talented funnyman, with his magnetic portrayal of misogynistic tennis player Bobby Riggs.Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Etalk caught up with all your favourite actors at this year’s TIFF: