Toronto as usual led in volume of Oscar nominees played - 13 films in all played there, although most had shown elsewhere earlier. Their standout premiere was the quite strong "Silver Linings Playbook" (eight nominations), which won the People's Choice award. They also had the first showing of "The Impossible" (Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts).
Cannes had two other world premieres - Original Screenplay nominee "Moonrise Kingdom" and Foreign Language contender "No." Among major categories, Venice showed "The Master" first, as well as craft contender "Anna Karenina." A number of nominees had their North American premieres at either Telluride ("Amour," Doc Feature "The Gatekeepers" and Foreign Language nominee "A Royal Affair") and Toronto (Foreign Language films "No" and "Kon-Tiki" and "Anna Karenina"). Berlin had two world premieres, both Foreign Language contenders ("A Royal Affair" and "War Witch"). Other world premieres for two Doc Features were at IFDA 2011 ("Five Broken Cameras") and Jerusalem 2012 ("The Gatekeepers").
Three Best Picture nominees - all of which also had acting nominees ("Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Django Unchained" - all December releases) skipped festivals altogether to complete the list of contenders in major categories.
Toronto, with its massive volume of films still remains the go-to place to see the most contenders - 13 features with nominations played there. But its position as a launching pad - or even North American venue - to premiere Oscar films is increasingly coming under threat from both New York and Telluride.