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The 2017 Toronto International Film Fest has basically all the Oscar contenders

Photos by VCG/Christopher Polk/Tristan Fewings via Getty
Photos by VCG/Christopher Polk/Tristan Fewings via Getty

The Toronto International Film Fest is one of The A.V. Club’s favorites. It’s efficiently run, it doesn’t have the insanity of Cannes, and Canada’s a chill place to visit. Plus, it gets damn near every movie worth checking out in a given calendar year, it feels like. So we get excited when TIFF announces its lineup—and as Deadline reports, this year is no different, with just about every film that’s been mentioned as a possible Oscar contender next year premiering at the fest. Here’s a list of some of the most noteworthy titles making an appearance at Toronto this year:

  • I, Tonya, the biopic where Margot Robbie acts out Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding’s insane hit on her rival Nancy Kerrigan
  • Darkest Hour, which hides Gary Oldman under some eerily accurate Winston Churchill prosthetics
  • The Mountain Between Us, a.k.a. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Try To Survive A Plane Crash
  • Stronger, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Boston Marathon film that’s about the guy who lost both his legs, not the one where Mark Wahlberg is a cop who says Boston won’t stand for that kind of nonsense
  • The Current War—Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon play Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, and they both want to bring you electricity, you handsome devil, you
  • Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri—the new film from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) so you know it’ll have copious swearing
  • Battle Of The Sexes, the movie where Emma Stone’s Billie Jean King teaches Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs that women know how to play tennis
  • Woman Walks Ahead—Jessica Chastain plays a woman who paints a portrait of Sitting Bull, so literally a film where you’re watching paint dry
  • Hostiles, where Christian Bale’s Army captain escorts a Cheyenne chief and his family across dangerous territory. Perhaps a valley full of Jessica Chastains trying to paint their family portrait?
  • The Shape Of Water—Guillermo Del Toro’s new one, so it’ll probably be good
  • Downsizing—Alexander Payne’s new one, so it’ll probably be good
  • Mother!—Darren Aronofsky’s new one, and it’ll probably be bananas

And that doesn’t even include new works from Terrence Malick, George Clooney, Dee Rees, and more. Deadline has the full list if you care to see just how many quality-looking films they can stuff into one festival. .