Oscars News: Which 7 people have had the ‘biggest career reinventions’ in Toronto?

Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh discuss the seven “biggest career reinventions” currently happening at the Toronto Film Festival. The top of their list is Eddie Redmayne, who is gaining serious Oscar talk for “The Theory of Everything.” The others are: Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“), Al Pacino (“The Humbling,” “Manglehorn”), Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), Andrew Garfield (“99 Homes”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game,” “Laggies”), and Naomi Watts (“St. Vincent,” “While We’re Young”). Variety

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Kris Tapley wonders if Sony Pictures Classics just secured Julianne Moore her first Oscar win. The veteran campaigners just signed for the distribution rights to her new indie film “Still Alice.” He says that the Best Actress race “was something left lacking on their awards slate,” but “that’s all changed now.” Early reviews focus on her character, a doctor who discovers she has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. One reviewer says, “There are no self-aware screaming matches. Instead the focus is on Moore’s heartbreaking depiction of a woman slowly losing her focus, her memory, and, to some extent, herself. Moore is a four-time previous Oscar nominee who has never prevailed before. HitFix

John Anderson makes his picks for the best documentaries screened in Toronto this year. The “most purely entertaining” was “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.” He also enjoyed “Merchants of Doubt” (about the public relations battle against global warming), “Sunshine Superman” (shot without the use of FX or computer tricks), and Ethan Hawke‘s “Seymour: An Introduction” (about a New York piano teacher). Thompson on Hollywood

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Lindsey Weber explains why there are three film versions of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” and how you should watch them. The main theatrical version is internally called “Them” and is an edited/blended film about a disintegrating marriage. The version “Him” is told from the perspective of the husband (James McAvoy). The film called “Her” is from the perspective of the wife (Jessica Chastain). Vulture

Sasha Stone provides her current “state of the race” for the Oscars. She says the one film that definitely seems headed for major categories is “The Theory of Everything.” Then there are the other “Great British Men Doing Great Things” films such as “The Imitation Game” and “Mr. Turner.” The “dark reveal” movies are “Birdman,” “Foxcatcher,” and “Gone Girl.” The “true stories of American heroes” entries could be “American Sniper,” “Fury,” “Selma,” and “Unbroken.” And finally, fantasy films like “Interstellar” and “Into the Woods.” Awards Daily

John Hecht reports that Mexico is submitting “Catinflas” into the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Sebastian del Amo, it is a biopic about the iconic comedian and Golden Globe champ Catinflas (“Around the World in Eighty Days”), played by Oscar Jaenada. If it wins, it would make history as Mexico’s first ever winner in this category. Hollywood Reporter

Wesley Morris says that he heard the new Adam Sandler movie “The Cobbler” was bad, but in just two days in Toronto, “it had achieved the kind of odious renown that inspires people to shake their heads and wave both hands while wincing and leaning back from you.” With Sandler as a humble shoe repairman in his family’s old Manhattan shop, Morris asks, “How did adults decide to make this?” Grantland

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