With the Toronto International Film Festival in full effect, critics and attendees are getting first looks at films that could potentially be future Oscar nominees. In the past, TIFF People’s Choice Award winners like 2010’s The King’s Speech and 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook went on to score at the following year’s Academy Awards. Buzz has been spreading for quite a few films at the festival, including two coming from Universal Pictures.
Universal’s First Man has been riding a wave of hype since its first trailer aired. Starring Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy and Kyle Chandler, the film tells the story of the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. Based on a screenplay by Academy Award winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the film is director Damien Chazelle’s follow up to his multiple Academy Award winning La La Land.
The other film said to be making an impact for Universal is the comedy-drama Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The film is a change of pace for director Peter Farrelly, known for his work on Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene. Green Book tells the story of New York bouncer Tony Lip (Mortensen) who is tasked with driving and protecting Jamaican-American classical pianist Don Shirley (Ali) as he tours the Deep South in the 1960s. According to Deadline, the film is filled with humor, strong emotion and humanity in a way that will connect with critics, audiences and especially the Academy.
First Man hits theaters nationwide on October 12th, while Green Book is set for a November 21st release.
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