During its famous eponymous film fest, Toronto is the kind of place where one night you can watch Frances McDormand embrace Octavia Spencer and Guillermo Del Toro at a lavish fete, and then in the coming days, hunker down in theaters to be astounded by what the trio has put out.
The experience of attending Canada’s Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF, as it’s affectionately known, is a whirlwind of movie consumption—punctuated by party-going, and sustained by popcorn.
With only limited time, an attendee isn’t able to catch everything. But with this many prestige films premiering at the dawn of Oscars season, what one does get to see is a glimpse at some of the finest big-screen acting of the year. Which of the performances below will end up on the Academy’s shortlist? From well-known veterans to newcomer breakouts, here are our favorite highlights from the 42nd annual TIFF.
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)It will be hard to find a performance this year lovelier than Hawkins’ in Guillermo Del Toro’s fantasy feature. As Eliza Esposito, the mute cleaning lady at a government lab who falls for the mer-monster held in captivity
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