Picks and Pans Review: Toronto's Oscar Buzz
THE KING'S SPEECH
Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush are masterly as stuttering King George VI and his irreverent speech therapist in one of the best movies of the year. Acting nods are assured, but Best Picture is also in play.
Director Darren Aronofsky puts the camera right in Natalie Portman's face, drawing out a fearless performance as a fragile ballerina.
Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell make anguish look easy in this real-life tale of a sister fighting for her imprisoned brother's freedom.
JACK GOES BOATING
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Ryan could sneak onto Oscar ballots as a pair of sweetly damaged lovers.
WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
Davis Guggenheim's portrait of the public school crisis is a front-runner in what's already been a terrific year for documentaries.
As Aron Ralston, the trapped hiker forced to cut off his own arm, James Franco is funny, wry and totally riveting.