Picks and Pans Review: Toronto's Oscar Buzz

updated 09/27/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Let the awards races begin! These standouts at the Toronto International Film Festival got the movie world talking.

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.

BLACK SWAN

Director Darren Aronofsky puts the camera right in Natalie Portman's face, drawing out a fearless performance as a fragile ballerina.

CONVICTION

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.

127 HOURS

As Aron Ralston, the trapped hiker forced to cut off his own arm, James Franco is funny, wry and totally riveting.

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