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Oscar Podcast #66: What’s in and what’s out of the Venice and Toronto Fest lineups with guest Daniel Joyaux

This week gave us the lineups of two of the fall’s biggest festivals, Venice and Toronto.

On this 66th Oscar podcast, I am joined by freelance film writer (you can find his work at The Verge, Vanity Fair, Moviemaker magazine and more) and publications editor for the Sundance Film Festival, Daniel Joyaux.

While these festival announcements always give us great intel on how studios are positioning their fall and winter awards releases, it’s often the films that are missing that give us even bigger clues. Where are Bohemian RhapsodyBoy Erased, Destroyer and Mary Queen of Scots? Some may show up at Telluride, others may be added to Toronto’s lineup next month (there are still three Gala spots and 30 Special Presentation slots open).

Venice will give us premiere of Damien Chazelle’s First Man, while Toronto will world premiere Steve McQueen’s Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk from Barry Jenkins. Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma looks set to hit every major festival – Venice, Toronto, NYFF and Telluride. All eyes will be on the follow-ups of these Oscar-winning directors.

The Cannes/Netflix kerfuffle earlier this summer proved to be the gain of both Venice and Toronto as each festival is flush with debuts from the streaming service. The Coen brothers’ anthology series (which will apparently compete as a feature film for the Oscars) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Paul Greengrass’s 22 July and the final film from Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind are all set to kick off at Venice.

I will be at the Toronto International Film Festival this year for the first time. Keep your eyes and ears open for more podcasts leading up to, at, and after TIFF.

With music this podcast runs 1h 27m.

Opening song: “Sulk” by TR/ST

Closing song: “New York City by Day” by Thomas Newman from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of Desperately Seeking Susan

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About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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