T ORONTO 2017: HITS AND OTHER HIGH­LIGHTS

The Observer - The New Review - - TORONTO FIFILM FESTIVAL -

Best film Lady Bird , di­rected by Greta Ger­wig, star­ring Saoirse Ro­nan (be­low).

Best per­for­mance (fe­male) Jessie Buck­ley for her in­cred­i­bly as­sured per­for­mance in Beast .

Best per­for­mance (male) Si­mon Rus­sell Beale in The Death of Stalin .

Best di­rec­tor Xavier Beau­vois for The Guardians .

Best swear­ing There’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion for this, but Al­li­son Jan­ney’s vol­cani­cally pro­fane turn in I, Tonya takes it.

Best an­i­mal Al­li­son Jan­ney’s scene-steal­ing par­rot in I, Tonya.

Best dance se­quence The glo­ri­ously flir­ta­tious disco hus­tle be­tween An­nette Ben­ing and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liver­pool.

Best score The un­nerv­ing sound­track of Robert Sch­wen­tke’s chill­ing sec­ond world war drama The Cap­tain sounded like it was recorded in an in­dus­trial slaughterhouse. In a good way.

Best press con­fer­ence ban­ter Ge­orge Clooney and Matt Da­mon, (be­low) in town for Subur­bicon , with Clooney sug­gest­ing he owns incriminating pho­tos of Da­mon and “a shaved goat”. Da­mon didn’t deny it.

Best pro­mo­tional gim­mick Borg vs McEn­roe head­bands on each seat on open­ing night.

Best post-screen­ing ques­tion Tiff artis­tic di­rec­tor Cameron Bai­ley’s first ques­tion to Dar­ren Aronof­sky af­ter mother! was con­cise and to the point: “What the fuck?” WI

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