The Awards season (The Golden Globes, BAFTA’s and of course Academy Awards) is officially underway after the conclusion of the Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF). While film festivals such as the Venice International Film Festival (or ‘Biennale’) and Telluride Film Festivals that take place just before and view a few of the top upcoming films, TIFF paints the first picture as to the true Oscar contenders with a larger array of screenings, and more than 200 movies.
The 2020 Awards will likely be dominated by winners whose films and documentaries are based on true stories. Although the Fast and the Fictional tends to dominate the box office it is those films who put truth before fantasy that will get the gold this Winter.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is an American drama film directed by Marielle Heller with a screenplay by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, based on the Esquire article Can You Say…Hero? by Tom Junod. The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper, and stars Rhys as a journalist for Esquire who is assigned to profile beloved television icon Fred Rogers (Hanks).
Sony Pictures Releasing
Ford Versus Ferrari
A high-octane film interpretation of the battle to dominate the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race by Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (played by Christian Bale) with Ford against Ferrari.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Greed is a British satirical film, written and directed by Michael Winterbottom. Loosely based on UK Tycoon Philip Green, Greed is the fictional story of a retail billionaire, set in the glamorous and celebrity-filled world of luxury fashion, which is centered around the buildup to a spectacular 60th birthday party in an exclusive hotel on the Greek island of Mykonos. It stars Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, Shanina Shaik and Sarah Solemani.
Sony Pictures Releasing
Harriet is an American biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard, it stars Cynthia Erivo as Tubman, with Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe in supporting roles.
How to Build A Girl
A coming of age tale based on the author, Caitlin Moran’s life story, focusing on her working-class upbringing and breaking out of her surroundings to become a rock and roll critic and experience life.
Judy is a British-American biographical drama film about the life of American actress and singer Judy Garland in 1969, as she arrives in London for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town. Directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. The film stars Renée Zellweger as Garland, with Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell and Michael Gambon in supporting roles.
Just Mercy is an American legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson appeals his murder conviction.
Warner Bros. Pictures
A story charting the rise and fall and highly improbable rise again of the Marcos family in Philippine politics. Imelda Marcos, notorious for her shoe collection The Kingmaker relates the story of her reinvention and reinterpretation of recent history to help her son secure the Vice-Presidency.
The Capote Tapes
Truman Capote’s unfinished last work, Answered Prayers is considered afresh through a series of interviews with those who knew the author discovered by Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton, tapes and animations. After Truman published three articles concerning Manhattan society all the manuscripts disappeared and The Capote Tapes illuminates what happened to them.
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