Thursday, May 23, 2024

Toronto Film Fest Clarifies Oscar Long List for Actors as Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti Join the Fray


The Toronto Film Festival is helping clarify what could be the Oscar race for Best Actor 2024.

You know we already have Leonardo DiCaprio from “Killers of the Flower Moon” on the list. Cillian Murphy as “Oppenheimer” is a given. Colman Domingo is picking up raves for “Rustin” which opens here later in the day.

Yesterday we got confirmation of two other names: Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti. Foxx nails his role in “The Burial” with just charisma and acting chops that he definitely makes the top 10 if not top 5. Maggie Betts’ dramedy — which I’ll write more about tomorrow — is from Amazon and MGM. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars and these guys are magic together. My old friend Jurnee Smollett has a breakout turn as well.

Alexander Payne makes a gigantic comeback as director of “The Holdovers.” There’s lots to say, but Paul Giamatti must be nominated for Best Actor. I was thinking about “Billions” and how different from this his Chuck Rhoades character is. He’s one of our finest actors. “The Holdovers” will be all over awards season.

More tomorrow on these films and a couple more…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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