Toronto Film Fest 2018: First Man, Widows and Other Notable Films

First Man and Widows are among the awards-season hopefuls that to screen at the 2018 Toronto Film Fest, September 6-16.

Other notable films include Beautiful Boy, a drug addiction drama with Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet; “The Front Runner,” with Hugh Jackman as Sen. Gary Hart; and “Old Man & the Gun,” a heist thriller that will mark Robert Redford’s retirement from acting.

The films announced on Tuesday are not the final list, as Toronto programmers intend to keep adding to the current crop of invitees. Programmers screened roughly 7,000 films before deciding which films to showcase.

The Canadian celebration of cinema is seen as an important stop for movies hoping to be in the Oscar conversation. In the past, films such as “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” and “The Shape of Water” have all generated momentum that propelled them to success at the Academy Awards after showing in Toronto.

It can also be a buzz killer. Last year, for instance, Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” and George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” both secured festival berths only to earn indifferent critical notices en route to commercial disaster.

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