Toronto Film Fest Taps Clooney, Madonna as Maybe-Oscar Frontrunners

Canada-bound director Madonna. (Getty Images)

Canada-bound director Madonna. (Getty Images)

September’s Toronto Film Festival–not the most glamorous or eagerly awaited among the film festival circuit, but the one whose placement in the calendar tends to position Oscar front-runners, has announced some of this year’s lineup. Films to play in Toronto include Glenn Close’s woman-in-drag drama Albert Nobbs, Luc Besson’s Aung San Suu Kyi drama The Lady, and the Michael Lewis adaptation (produced by last year’s Oscar also-ran Scott Rudin!) Moneyball. George Clooney, the biennial Oscar contender, will be represented as director (The Ides of March) and actor (The Descendants).

Crossing the highbrow/lowbrow rubicon, Madonna’s second effort as a director, W.E., will be there as well, in order to capitalize on Wallis Simpson fever (the last big film to feature Wallis Simpson, The King’s Speech, screened at Toronto before winning the Best Picture Oscar.)

The full list of announced Toronto films is here.

ddaddario@observer.com