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“King’s Speech” Wins Toronto, Heads to Oscar List

“The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper, won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival. The Colin Firth-Geoffrey Rush film now heads to the Academy Awards and all the other short lists for prizes.

But that’s not a slam dunk that it will win the Oscar. February is a long way from now. And there are plenty of other names in the mix.

David Fincher‘s “Social Network,” as I noted below, is a hot contender. The Facebook movie takes the lead in the Oscar race when it opens on October 1st.

Danny Boyle‘s “127 Hours” is in the mix, but won’t hit its stride until its release. Ditto for Darren Aronofsky‘s “Black Swan.” And same for “The Kids Are Alright,” with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Other Oscar titles not to be forgotten: “Inception,” the Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio film that’s been a huge hit and has a strong following. I can’t imagine “Inception” not being included. And a spot may be held for Martin Scorsese‘s “Shutter Island.”

Still to be seen and much anticipated: James L. Brooks‘s “How Do You Know,” “The Fighter” directed by David O. Russell, Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams film, “Blue Valentine,” and the Coen Bros.’ reboot of “True Grit.”