T ORONTO 2017: HITS AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
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