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Toronto Line-up Launches Oscar Race; What Will Show Up in Venice? Fantastic Fest?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 24, 2012 at 7:32PM

Many likely Oscar contenders are spoken for in the Toronto line-up, from Ben Affleck's "Argo" to FDR tale "Hyde Park on Hudson." "Looper" may seem like an odd TIFF fest opener--the festival has stepped away from having to book Canadian films--unless you consider Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis walking the red carpet.

Argo  (Ben Affleck)
English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde)
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)
Great Expectations (Mike Newell)
Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell)
Inescapable (Rubba Nada)
Looper  (Rian Johnson)
Love (Marilyn Liz)
Midnight’s Children (Deepa Mehta)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Twice Born  (Sergio Castellito)
Anna Karenina (labeled as "International Premiere") (Joe Wright)
The Attack (Ziad Doueiri)
Byzantium (Neil Jordan)
Capital (Costa-Gavras)
Caught in the Web (labeled as "International Premiere")(Chen Kaige)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer)
The Deep (Baltasar Kormákur)
Dormant Beauty (labeled as "International Premiere") Marco Bellocchio
Dreams for Sale (Nishikawa Miwa)
End Of Watch (David Ayer)
Everybody Has A Plan (labeled as "International Premiere") (Ana Piterbarg)
Foxfire (Laurent Cantet)
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
Ginger and Rosa (Sally Potter)
Hannah Arendt (Margarethe von Trotta)
The Impossible  (J.A. Bayona)
In the House (François Ozon)
The Last Supper (François Ozon)
A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman)
A Liar’s Autobiography (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson)
Mr. Pip (Cate Shortland)
Much Ado About Nothing  (Joss Whedon)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
Quartet (Dustin Hoffman)
Thanks for Sharing (Stuart Blumberg)
The Time Being (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
Venus & Serena (Maiken Baird)
Writers (Josh Boone)
Zaytoun (Eran Riklis)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.