Do ‘American Fiction’ and ‘Origin’ show promising potential for awards at TIFF Midway Point?

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is well underway and there are already some standout films that are generating a lot of buzz. Two films in particular, “American Fiction” and “Origin,” seem to be promising contenders for the upcoming Oscars.

“MGM’s “American Fiction” is a comedy film directed by Cord Jefferson and starring Jeffrey Wright. Wright’s performance has been highly praised and he could potentially find himself in the already competitive Best Actor race at the Oscars. The film’s adapted screenplay also has a chance to make some noise in a crowded category.

Another film to watch out for is “Origin” directed by Ava DuVernay and acquired by Neon. Starring Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, this drama has been described as incredibly moving and could be a late-breaker that surprises everyone at the Oscars.

As the festival progresses, all eyes are on the coveted Audience Award. Five films, including “The Boy and the Heron,” “The Holdovers,” “American Fiction,” “Origin,” and “Rustin,” are considered top contenders for this prize. Winning the Audience Award at TIFF often indicates a film’s potential for success at the Oscars.

While it’s still early days, these films have certainly made an impression at TIFF and are generating Oscar buzz. As the awards season approaches, it will be interesting to see how these films fare and if they live up to the initial hype.

For the latest Oscars predictions in all categories, you can visit Variety’s Awards Circuit. The 96th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2024. The submission deadline for general categories is November 18, 2023, and the nominations will be announced on January 23, 2024.

Note: The predictions mentioned in this article reflect the current standings and are subject to change based on buzz and events.