Toronto: Should There Be (Gasp!) 20 Best Picture Nominees This Year?

Originally posted on Variety:

When the Academy expanded the best-pic race to include up to 10 contenders, some purists balked. But 2013 is proving the wisdom of that move. In fact, there’s so many promising titles that even more then 10 would probably all still be respectable choices — though of course that would make the Oscarcast way, way too long.

The Toronto Film Festival, running Sept. 5-15, underlined the kudos buzz for some films that had wowed audiences at Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Telluride. And in the past few days, it added some titles of its own.

At this point, it looks like the best picture race could include “12 Years a Slave,” “August: Osage County,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,”  “Philomena,”  “Prisoners” and “Rush.”

That’s 11 films right there. And that doesn’t include the dark horses, which are inevitable — and plentiful…

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