An Education - This one has been buzzed about for a while now, and after TIFF it's buzz has skyrocketed. It's Oscar potential as also followed in suite. Carey Mulligan, Alfred Molina, and Peter Saarsgard are said to be potential acting nominees (especailly Mulligan who is getting rave reviews), and with 10 Best Picture nominees, this is said to be one of the biggest contenders.
Fish Tank - This won the Cannes Jury Prize, which sometimes can lead to Oscar, but a lot of the time Cannes audiences are much different than Canadian/US audiences/critics. However, after TIFF, the word of mouth and buzz has grown, putting this as a potential threat. It needs some critic's attention to make up for the lack of star power. Katie Jarvis is supposed to be a wildcard contender, another newcomer that could make a splash.
Get Low - Now that this film has found a distributer, it is officially in the Oscar derby. Robert Duvall and Bill Murray are supposed to be fantastic, and could easily see their names called out on Oscar nomination morning. The question is, what about the film as a whole. With this kind of starpower and buzz, and with ten nominations, this little film could sneak in very easily.
Good Hair - While everyone is talking about Michael Moore's Captialism, many are forgeting about this Chris Rock documentary that is supposed to be interesting and hilarious. Hopefully the Oscars give is a documentary feature nomination, and embrace this in depth piece of an intricate part culture. Looks like it's going to be really good.