Friday, August 18, 2017

2017 Emmy Predictions: Best Variety Series Talk and Sketch, Variety Special and Special Class Program

Best Variety Series - Talk
Will Win - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Should Win - Late Show with Stephen Colbert or Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Could Win - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Commentary -  This is brewing into an epic three-way battle between the three leading anti-Trump voices in primetime. I am so happy to see Samantha Bee here, and she deserves to win. She is definitely in the running, and is the only female in the lineup which helps on a more populist ballot. Stephen Colbert is finally back in form with this political season, and he could topple the reigning champ. But this category repeats, and John Oliver has once again had a great season. I think that voters stick with him, but this time around, the competition is much tougher.

Best Variety Series - Sketch
Will Win - Saturday Night Live
Could Win - Portlandia
Should Win - Saturday Night Live
Commentary - Let's face it, without some of the other recent winners like Key and Peele and Inside Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live was already in good standing going into this race. It doesn't hurt that it had one its best seasons in recent memory, buoyed by the political climate and some awesome performances. In this weaker category, SNL is an easy winner.

Best Variety Special
Will Win - Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?
Could Win - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents Dinner or Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special
Should Win -  Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?
Commentary - Once again, the political commentators battle it out. Normally Sarah Silverman or Louis C.K. would have a shot, but with politics dominating these variety categories this is between Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert. In this case, I think Colbert will make a bigger splash. If voters are looking for an alternative, watch out for James Corden's reliably entertaining Carpool Karaoke.

Best Special Class Program
Will Win - The 70th Annual Tony Awards
Could Win - The Oscars or Hairspray Live!
Should Win - Hairspray Live!
Commentary - The Oscars hasn't won here in awhile, and The Tonys have taken two years off. Hairspray Live should be in the running, but it had mixed reaction from a lot of folks (I think they are wrong), and it didn't land as well as Grease and Sweeney Todd did the last two years. I think the Tony's return to the winning circle.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game Trailer

Jessica Chastain is one of our finest actresses working today and Aaron Sorkin is one of the finest screenwriters in the history of American cinema and television. Molly's Game looks entertaining, its a biopic, and has a great cast and a whip smart script (or so it seems). I smell an Oscar contender. 

2017 Emmy Predictions: Directing and Writing in a Variety Series

Best Directing in a Variety Series
Will Win - Don Roy King "Saturday Night Live - Host: Jimmy Fallon"
Could Win - Paul Pennolino "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Multi-Level Marketing"
Should Win - Don Roy King "Saturday Night Live - Host: Jimmy Fallon"
Commentary - Last Week Tonight could sweep just because it is the favorite, but I think that Saturday Night Live, which wins this category even in its worst years, will take this one as Don Roy King adds to his Emmy haul with a seventh win. Plus, he actually does deserve it. It is not an easy job manipulating all the sets, characters, musical acts, and keeping it entertaining and moving at a great pace. Plus, this has been a banner year for the show and I think voters across the board are going to look for places to reward it.

Best Writing in a Variety Series
Will Win - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Could Win - Late Night with Stephen Colbert or Full Frontal with Samantha Be
Should Win - Last Week Tonight will probably win the top category because they repeat often. Although this year, with Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert in top form the competition is a lot tougher. That also means that Bee, who deserves to win this category, and Colbert, who even beat out the Daily Show here during its historic sweep, are contenders here and could take down the front runner.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 Emmy Predictions: Best Directing and Writing for a Variety Special

Best Directing for a Variety Special
Will Win - Jerry Foley "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come"
Could Win - Glenn Weiss "The Oscars" or Jim Hoskinson "Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?"
Should Win - Jerry Foley "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come"
Commentary - This is an interesting battle. Glenn Weiss has won like 11 of these things, and his two biggest competitors are historic losers. Hoskinson has 12 nomination with no wins, and poor Jerry Foley has had a stunning 24 nominations and no win. Weiss has a good shot at winning again, as big awards shows like that tend to do well in this category. But I think that after all these years Foley is going to win for the fun and eventful Tony Bennett celebration. Tony Bennett himself has won two Emmys for his specials, which have always been popular among Emmy voters. I could also see liberal Emmy voters rewarding the Stephen Colbert special, so watch out for Hoskinson.

Best Writing for a Variety Special
Will Win - Louis C.K. "Louis C.K.: 2017"
Could Win - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents Dinner or Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?
Should Win - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents Dinner
Commentary -  Louis C.K. is beloved by this writing branch, and this is a category that rewards stand up specials (Patton Oswalt just won last year for his last special). But watch out for Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee. Once again, if the voters are feeling political, both of these specials might be appealing. Plus, personally, Louie's latest was disappointing, and Samantha Bee deserves an Emmy this year.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Award Winners

Program of the Year
The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Handmaid's Tale

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Atlanta

Outstanding New Program
This is Us

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials
Big Little Lies

Individual Achievement in Drama
Carrie Coon "The Leftovers" and "Fargo"

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Donald Glover "Atlanta"

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
O.J.: Made in America

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Speechless

Career Achievement Award
Ken Burns

Heritage Award
Seinfeld

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The 7th Annual Awards Psychic Television Award Winners

Best Drama Series
Winner - This is Us
Runners Up -  Stranger Things, The Americans, The Handmaid's Tale, The Leftovers,
Commentary - Broadcast dramas have gotten a bad rap in recent years, and in many ways, it is reserved. But this year, NBC proved that great dramas can still stake their claim on broadcast networks, and can more than succeed. This is Us was a smash hit, easily hitting every demographic, and constantly defying its expectations. That is because This is Us is an emotional powerhouse, beautifully acted, impeccably constructed, and utterly genuine. It made you cry and laugh, and it drew you in immediately because it cared about its characters and it made sure you did to. This is Us might be an anomaly in modern television, but I'm hoping that its success opens the eyes of broadcast television executives to pursue more quality programs in the future.

Best Comedy Series
Winner - black-ish
Runners Up - Atlanta, Girls, Veep, and Better Things
Commentary - Atlanta was great, Veep continues to prove why its one of the best, Better Things is what Louie thought it was, and Girls ended on a high note. But black-ish upped its game this year. It was just as funny as it has always been, but at just the right moments it broke your heart. Lemons, and that fantastic season finale are just two examples of why black-ish is one of the best shows on television: honest, funny, warm, and heartbreaking. Three seasons in, it continues to knock it out of the park.

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Justin Theroux "The Leftovers"
Runners Up - Sterling K. Brown "This is Us" and Ian McShane "American Gods"
Commentary - Sterling K. Brown was fantastic in This is Us, and Ian McShane's mystery was intriguing in American Gods. But The Leftovers just exploded this year. It went from being a decent HBO drama to being one of the best dramas on television. With only one season left to tell their story, the showrunners put everything into the final season, and it was worth it. At it's center is the magnificent performance by Justin Theroux. If the Emmy gods were kind this year, they would have find room for him.

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - Elisabeth Moss "The Handmaid's Tale"
Runners Up - Claire Foy "The Crown" and Christine Baranski "The Good Fight"
Commentary - Elisabeth Moss has been a staple on television for almost twenty years now. Between The West Wing, Mad Men, and Top of the Lake, she has built an impressive career. After all those years she finally gets her star role in The Handmaid's Tale, a brutal, timely, and brilliant new series from Hulu, and she does not disappoint. Showing both sides of a character, Moss's performance is one of the most complete and intriguing on television. She may finally win an Emmy this year, and if so, it will be one of the most deserved of the night.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Donald Glover "Atlanta"
Runner Up - Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Commentary - Anthony Anderson was once again fantastic on black-ish, but I could not leave this year without honoring the achievement that is Atlanta. Donald Glover has created one of the most fascinating shows on television, and at its heart and soul is his fantastic, warm, and layered performance. His authenticity and commitment on screen is magnificent, and I honestly cannot wait to see his acting career as it grows, as I have no doubt it will be a fascinating one to watch.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Tracee Ellis Ross "black-ish"
Runners Up - Pamela Adlon "Better Things", Justina Machado "One Day at a Time", and Issa Rae "Insecure"
Commentary - Pamela Adlon is fantastic, Justina Machado is emotional and funny, and Issa Rae is a star in the making. But man did Tracee Ellis-Ross step up her game this year. As the matron of the family, she was fierce, funny, and particularly in the season finale, she broke our hearts. She once again proves why she is one of the best comediennes working in television today.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Ron Cephas Jones "This is Us"
Runners Up - John Lithgow "The Crown" and Christopher Eccleston "The Leftovers"
Commentary - This is Us has plenty of talented cast members, but Ron Cephas Jones, as William, was one of the most intriguing and powerful characters on television this year. There are two reasons for it, one, it was a well-written and emotionally deep character. But two, and most importantly, it was beautifully wrought by Jones. He is a veteran actor whose career has stretched over two decades, and he received his first Emmy nomination for this role. It was definitely deserved.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - (TIE) Chrissy Metz "This is Us" and Millie Bobby Brown "Stranger Things"
Runners Up - Cush Jumbo "The Good Fight"
Commentary - This one was so tough, I had to choose two. First, comes Chrissy Metz, whose on screen and off-screen struggle with weight loss and love was intriguing, and introduced us to one of our newest stars. The other was the instant cult-favorite performance of Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things. At such a young age, Brown is a star in the making, whose stock will only continue to rise.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Runners Up - Timothy Simons "Veep" and Tony Hale "Veep"
Commentary - The Veep guys had another great season, but Tituss Burgess, who won this category for me last year, managed to raise his own bar. This season, he grew emotionally, had that extraordinary Lemonade episode, and proved why he is one of the best actors working on television today.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"
Runners Up - Rita Moreno "One Day at a Time" and Kether Donohue "You're the Worst"
Commentary - Kate McKinnon has won this category for me before, and every season she is on SNL, I am reminded of why she is simply the best. The moment she won me over this season was when she, as Hillary Clinton, mourned the election and Leonard Cohen, with a brilliant rendition of Hallelujah. She looked right at the camera and said exactly what we all needed to hear: "I'm not giving up, and neither should you". Kate is one of the funniest actresses working today, and also full of surprising depth. I really cannot wait to see where the future takes her.

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Winner - Gerald McRaney "This is Us"
Runners Up - Dylan Baker "The Good Fight" and Matthew Perry "The Good Fight"
Commentary - Gerald McRaney is one of the finest veteran actors working in television. In his forty year career though, he has never managed an Emmy nomination until this year with his magnificent performance in This is Us. He was the pivotal character in the stunning Pilot, and his presence on the show was filled with warmth, emotion, and proved why he is a living legend, and worthy of some long overdue recognition.

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Winner - (TIE) Kristin Chenoweth "American Gods" and Gillian Anderson "American Gods"
Runners Up - Alexis Bledel "The Handmaid's Tale" and Ann Dowd "The Leftovers"
Commentary - American Gods had a tremendous first season, and I was immediately hooked. At first, this award was reserved for Gillian Anderson as Media, playing Marliyn Monroe, David Bowie and a whole host of iconic characters. She was brilliant. But then the season finale came, and Bryan Fuller's favorite Kristin Chenoweth just knocked it out of the park. She was emotional, hilarious, and just the perfect combination of what makes her one of my favorite actresses. So since I can't choose between the two, I pick both.

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Winner - Dave Chappelle "Saturday Night Live"
Runners Up - Hugh Laurie "Veep" and Matthew Rhys "Girls"
Commentary - Not a great year for this category, but the return of Dave Chappelle to sketch comedy was great. It was nice to see one of the form's finest talents work out some new stuff. His post-election stand up opening, by itself, was reason enough to watch. But we also got to see why his absence from comedy was hard on all of us.

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Winner - Carrie Fisher "Catastrophe"
Runners Up - Melissa McCarthy "Saturday Night Live" and Becky Ann Baker "Girls"
Commentary - McCarthy joined the five time club and outdid herself as Sean Spicer, and Becky Ann Baker has been a revelation on Girls. But I am an emotional sap (which should not surprise you at this point), and I am a huge Star Wars fan. So losing Carrie Fisher was devastating to me. It was one of those loses that has stayed with me for so long. Luckily, we got to see Fisher's funny (darkly funny) side one last time on Catastrophe, a great role for an incredibly brave, tough, and beautiful princess, general, and person.

Best Limited Series
Winner - Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Runners Up - Feud: Bette and Joan and The Night Of
Commentary - Feud and The Night Of were great, and there is no denying that. In all sincerity, they were probably superior series to my pick. But this is my party and I will do what I want. It had been ten years since Gilmore Girls went off the air, and despite lack of recognition from much of the awards world, it was one of the funniest, most honest, and best series of the last decade, and its fan base, which I am a part of, was passionate. A Year in the Life had its issues, and some of its story lines were nothing more than distractions. But for those of us who had missed this series, to be able to go back to Stars Hollow, to witness the quirk, the humor, and the heartbreak of all of our favorite characters, was so worth the trip. It was nice to see how its show runner Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted to see her characters end up, it was great to see how they used Edward Herrmann's death to create a beautiful and emotional story line for Emily. It was everything I could have hoped for, and even if they never come back again, it was nice to take a trip down memory lane.

Best Made for Television Movie
Winner - Hairspray Live!
Runners Up - Looking: The Movie and Black Mirror: San Junipero
Commentary - This is another one, where I'm sure folks are going to disagree. At the Emmys this is nominated as a Special Class Program, not in TV Movie, but once again, its my party, so I'll do what I want. Critics were unnecessarily harsh to Hairspray Live! I even wrote about it a bit when it first came out. I think television critics are so muddled in their dramas and dark comedies that joy is not something they appreciate anymore. Hairspray Live! had some of its technical glitches, and the interludes were a distraction. But after everything that happened in 2016: the bitter election, the multitude of deaths and tragedies, Hairspray Live! is exactly what we needed. It was about different people coming together to make a better society, it was fun, it was exuberant, the songs were great, and we got to see talented veterans like Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson light up the screen with magnificent performances. For three hours, I tapped my toe and sang along. And with all of the lackluster Emmy contenders failing to make a mark, this was the one that stood out to me.

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie
Winner - Harvey Fierstein "Hairspray Live!"
Runners Up - Riz Ahmed "The Night Of" and John Turturro "The Night Of"
Commentary - I have a bucket list, and then I have an unattainable bucket list. On the list was a very specific rendering of Hairspray that I never thought I would actually see. It was seeing Harvey Fierstein as Edna. Well, every once in a while, dreams do come true, and the unattainable actually happens. Check!

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Winner - Lauren Graham "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Runners Up -  Jessica Lange "Feud: Bette and Joan", Susan Sarandon "Feud: Bette and Joan", and Carrie Coon "Fargo"
Commentary - Lauren Graham is one of my favorite actresses, and one of the big reasons why is Lorelai Gilmore. I got the chance to watch Graham revisit her iconic role, and it made me remember why this character and this actress were so special. She was criminally under-rewarded for this role, and even this year managed to once again not score an Emmy nomination. That's okay. If the Television Academy wants to continue to ignore her. Her fans, and fans of this show will always give her the love and reward she deserves.

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie
Winner - Stanley Tucci "Feud: Bette and Joan"
Runners Up - David Thewlis "Fargo" and Alexander Skarsgard "Big Little Lies
Commentary - Feud was delicious, and Tucci was delicious in it. He was funny, over the top, dark, and just a pleasure to watch start to finish.

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series
Winner - Kelly Bishop "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"
Runners Up - Jennifer Hudson "Hairspray Live!" and Shailene Woodley "Big Little Lies"
Commentary - Like Graham, Kelly Bishop was criminallly under-rewarded for Gilmore Girls. Emily Gilmore was a force of nature, but in this revival, with the death of her on-screen partner Edward Herrmann, we got to see a different side of Emily. She let her hair down, she got emotional, she changed her life because her life changed around her. It was not only a beautiful story line (the most effective of the trio in the revival), but it proved that Bishop is a master of what she does, and is an incredible performer.

Best Animated Program
Winner - BoJack Horseman
Runner Up - Bob's Burgers
Commentary - Bob's Burgers had another great season, but BoJack Horseman, which somehow managed to miss out on a Emmy nomination this year, has quickly risen to the top of the animation ladder. It is clever, dark, funny, and simply brilliant.

Best Variety Series
Winner - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Runners Up  - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Commentary - The boys stepped up this year, but none of them, in my opinion, could manage to top Samantha Bee, which has been my cathartic release once a week for the last two years. She is so funny, so angry, and this year, is an Emmy nominee. It's about damn time.

Call Me By Your Name Trailer

One of this year's Sundance favorites is positioning itself as a major Oscar player. Check out the trailer for Call Me By Your Name below:

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Venice Film Festival Lineup

VENICE 74 COMPETITION
Downsizing, dir: Alexander Payne (Opening Night Film)
Human Flow, dir: Ai Weiwei
Mother!, dir: Darren Aronofsky
Suburbicon, dir: George Clooney
The Shape Of Water, dir: Guillermo del Toro
L’Insulte, dir: Ziad Doueiri
La Villa, dir: Robert Guediguian
Lean On Pete, dir: Andrew Haigh
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, dir: Abdellatif Kechiche
The Third Murder, dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Jusqu’à La Garde, dir: Xavier Legrand
Foxtrot, dir: Samuel Maoz
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; dir: Martin McDonagh
Hannah, dir: Andrea Pallaoro
Ammore E Malavita, dir: Manetti Bros
Angels Wear White, dir: Vivian Qu
Una Famiglia, dir: Sebastiano Riso
First Reformed, dir: Paul Schrader
Sweet Country, dir: Warwick Thornton
The Leisure Seeker, dir: Paolo Virzi
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, dir: Frederick Wiseman

OUT OF COMPETITION – FICTION
Our Souls At Night, dir: Ritesh Batra
Il Singor Rotpeter, dir: Antonietta De Lillo
Victoria & Abdul, dir: Stephen Frears
La Mélodie, dir: Rachid Hami
Outrage Coda, Takeshi Kitano (Closing Night Film)
Loving Pablo, dir: Fernando Leon De Aranoa
Zama, dir: Lucretia Martel
Wormwood, dir: Errol Morris
Diva!, dir: Francesco Patierno
La Fidèle, dir: Michael R Roskam
Il Colore Nascosto Delle Cose, dir: Silvio soldini
The Private Life Of A Modern Woman, dir: James Toback
Brawl In Cell Block 99, dir: S Craig Zahler

OUT OF COMPETITION – DOCUMENTARIES
Cuba And The Cameraman, dir: Jon Alpert
My Generation, dir: David Batty
Piazza Vittorio, dir: Abel Ferrara
The Devil And Father Amorth, dir: William Friedkin
This Is Congo, dir: Daniel McCabe
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, dir: Stephen Nomura Schible
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story Of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman And Tony Clifton, dir: Chris Smith
Happy Winter, dir: Giovanni Totaro

OUT OF COMPETITION – SPECIAL EVENTS
Casa D’Altri, dir: Gianni Amelio
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, dir: John Landis
Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, dir: Jerry Kramer

HORIZONS
Nico 1988, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli (opening film)
Disappearance , dir: Ali Asgari
Espèces Menacées, dir: Gilles Bourdos
The Rape Of Recy Taylor, dir: Nancy Buirski
Caniba, dirs: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Les Bienheureux, dir: Sofia Djama
Marvin, dir: Anne Fontaine
Invisible, dir: Pablo Giorgelli
Brutti E Cattivi, dir: Cosimo Gomez
The Cousin, dir: Tzahi Grad
The Testament, dir: Amichai Greenberg
No Date, No Signature, dir: Vahid Jalilvand
Los Versos Del Ovido, dir: Alireza Khatami
La Nuit Ou J’ai Nagé – Oyogisugita, dirs: Damien Manivel, Igarashi Kohei
Krieg, dir: Rick Ostermann
West Of Sunshine, dir: Jason Raftopoulos
Gatta Cenerentola, dirs: Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, Dario Sansone
Under The Tree, dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
La Vita In Commune, dir: Edoardo Winspeare

CINEMA NEL GIARDINO
Manuel, dir: Dario Albertini
Controfigura, dir: Ra Di Martino
Woodshock, dirs: Kate and Laura Mulleavy
Nato A Casal Di Principe, dir: Bruno Oliviero
Suburra, dirs: Michele Placido, Andrea Molaioli, Guiseppe Capotondi
Tuers, dirs: Francois Troukens, jean-Francois Hensgens

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Melita, dir: Nicolas Alcala
La Camera Insabbiata, dirs: Laurie Anderson, Huang Hsin-Chien
The Last Goodbye, dir: Gabo Arora
My Name Is Peter Stillman, dirs: Lysander Ashton, Leo Warner
Alice, The Virtual Reality Play, dir: Mathias Chelebourg
Arden’s Wake (Expanded), dir: Eugene YK Chung
Greenland Melting, dir: Nonny De La Pena
Bloodless, dir: Gina Kim
Nothing Happens, dirs: Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
The Dream Collector, dir: Mi Li
Snatch VR Heist Experience, dirs: Rafael Pavon, Nicolas Alcala
Nefertitti, dirs: Richard Mills, Kim-Leigh Pontin
Proxima, dir: Manuel Pradat
In The Pictures, dir: Qing Shao
Dispatch, dir: Edward Robles
The Argos File, dir: Josema Roig
Gomorra VR – We Own The Streets, dir: Enrico Rosati
Draw Me Close, Chapters 1-2, dir: Jordan Tannahill
The Deserted, dir: Tsai Ming-Liang
I Saw The Future, dir: Francois Vautier
Separate Silences, dir: David Wedel
Free Whale, dir: Zhang Peibin

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Lineup - Galas and Special Presentations

The TIFF lineup is starting to shape up, and it looks to be another fantastic year for the fest. Battle of the Sexes, mother!, Darkest Hour, The Current War, Downsizing, First They Killed My Father, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Suburbicon, and Victoria and Abdul all have tons of Oscar potential.

Galas
“Breathe,” Andy Serkis, United Kingdom, world premiere
“The Catcher Was A Spy,” Ben Lewin, USA, world premiere
“C’est la vie!,” Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France, world premiere
“Darkest Hour,” Joe Wright, United Kingdom, Canadian premiere
“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom, Canadian premiere
“Kings,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium, world premiere
“Long Time Running,” Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada, world premiere
“Mary Shelley,” Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA, world premiere
“The Mountain Between Us,” Hany Abu-Assad, USA, world premiere
“Mudbound,” Dee Rees, USA, international premiere
“Stronger,” David Gordon Green, USA, world premiere
Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film, Neil Burger, USA, world premiere
“The Wife,” Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden, world premiere
“Woman Walks Ahead,” Susanna White, USA, world premiere

Special Presentations
“Battle of the Sexes,” Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA, international premiere
“BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Robin Campillo, France, North American premiere
“The Brawler,” Anurag Kashyap, India, world premiere
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, world premiere
“Call Me By Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France, Canadian premiere
“Catch the Wind,” Gaël Morel, France, international premiere
“The Children Act,” Richard Eyre, United Kingdom, world premiere
“The Current War,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA, world premiere
“Disobedience,” Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom, world premiere
“Downsizing,” Alexander Payne, USA, Canadian premiere
“A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, Chile, Canadian premiere
“First They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie, Cambodia, Canadian premiere
“The Guardians,” Xavier Beauvois, France, world premiere
“Hostiles,” Scott Cooper, USA, international premiere
“The Hungry,” Bornila Chatterjee, India, world premiere
“I, Tonya,” Craig Gillespie, USA, world premiere
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig, USA, international premiere
“mother!,” Darren Aronofsky, USA, North American premiere
“Novitiate,” Maggie Betts, USA, international premiere
“Omerta,” Hansal Mehta, India, world premiere
“Plonger,” Mélanie Laurent, France, world premiere
“The Price of Success,” Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France, international premiere
“Professor Marston & the Wonder Women,” Angela Robinson, USA, world premiere
“The Rider,” Chloé Zhao, USA, Canadian premiere
“A Season in France,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France, world premiere
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, USA, Canadian premiere
“Sheikh Jackson,” Amr Salama, Egypt, world premiere
“The Square,” Ruben Östlund, Sweden, North American premiere
“Submergence,” Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain, world premiere
“Suburbicon,” George Clooney, USA, North American premiere
“Thelma,” Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark, international premiere
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh, USA, North American premiere
“Victoria and Abdul,” Stephen Frears, United Kingdom, North American premiere

2017 MTV VMA Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars
Kendrick Lamar
Ed Sheeran
Ariana Grande
The Weeknd
Lorde

BEST NEW ARTIST
Khalid
Kodak Black
SZA
Young M.A
Julia Michaels
Noah Cyrus

BEST COLLABORATION
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – “Feels”
Zayn & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

BEST POP VIDEO
Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus – “Malibu” \

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean – “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper – “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – “I’m The One”

BEST DANCE VIDEO
Zedd and Alessia Cara – “Stay”
Kygo x Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris – “My Way”
Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and Mø – “Cold Water”
Afrojack ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Gone”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy – “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots – “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day – “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters – “Run”

BEST FIGHT AGAINST THE SYSTEM
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson – “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape – “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean – “Light”
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley – “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend – “Surefire”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
Ed Sheeran – “Castle On The Hill”
DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – “Nobody Speak”
Halsey – “Now or Never”

BEST DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” \
Alessia Cara – “Scars To Your Beautiful”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Katy Perry ft. Migos – “Bon Appetit”
DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Dis Generation”
KYLE ft. Lil Yachty – “iSpy”
Katy Perry ft. Skip Marley – “Chained To The Rhythm”
Harry Styles – “Sign Of The Times”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Kanye West – “Fade”
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side To Side”
Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”
Sia – “The Greatest”
Fifth Harmony ft. Gucci Mane – “Down”

BEST EDITING
Future – “Mask Off”
Young Thug – “Wyclef Jean”
Lorde – “Green Light”
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
The Weeknd – “Reminder”