TIFF 2018 Winners and Losers: Timothée Chalamet Shines, ‘Roma’ Wows, Xavier Dolan Flops

TIFF 2018 Winners and Losers: Timothée Chalamet Shines, ‘Roma’ Wows, Xavier Dolan Flops
The Toronto Film International Festival is a crucial passage into the fall film season, not only for potential awards players but commercial entries. Returning to the Fairmont Royal York on Tuesday night, I ran into director Peter Farrelly, riding high from a rousing standing ovation for ’60s dramedy “Green Book.” It’s a strong contender for TIFF’s coveted People’s Choice Award against Bradley Cooper’s updated “A Star Is Born”, which scored two ovations at its September 9 North American premiere, for the movie and breakout Lady Gaga.

While winning TIFF’s audience prize does not guarantee a Best Picture win, it does presage a nomination — and Best Picture winners include “Chariots of Fire” (1981), “American Beauty” (1999), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “The King’s Speech” (2010), and “12 Years a Slave” (2013), among many Oscar-winners in other categories, from “Precious” and “La La Land” to last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

While
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