<p>Is this &quot;Argo&quot;&nbsp;image foreshadowing John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck celebrating in tuxes on Oscar Sunday?</p>

Is this "Argo" image foreshadowing John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck celebrating in tuxes on Oscar Sunday?

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Contender Countdown: 'Argo' is on the lookout for frontrunner killers

And who are the darkhorses to crash the 10?

Yes, Oscar faithful, we're back. It's time to play another round of contenders vs. pretenders in the always entertaining awards season game.  Are you excited yet? (On second thought, don't answer that.)

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in &quot;Silver Linings Playbook.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'Silver Linings Playbook' beats 'Argo' for Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award

'Seven Psychopaths' wins People's Midnight Madness award

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this year's award winners and moviegoers in the Great White North have once again found a way to influence the always competitive Oscar race.

David O. Russell's adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel "The Silver Linings Playbook" won the notable People's Choice Award this year.  Ben Affleck's "Argo" and Eran Rikli's "Zaytoun" were first and second runners up. "Playbook" now joins "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech" and "Precious" as recent awards season players who were able to snag the festival's most publicity worthy honor. Even if it doesn't lead to Oscar glory, the win certainly is a key indicator that The Weinstein Company may have a much needed box office smash waiting in the wings.

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<p>Chris Evans at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for &quot;The Iceman.&quot;</p>

Chris Evans at the Toronto International Film Festival press conference for "The Iceman."

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Chris Evans on his indie 'Iceman' break after a year of playing 'Captain America'

Someone's not looking forward to getting back into the gym

TORONTO – This is pretty close to the best of times for Chris Evans. After years of trying to breakthrough to superstar status he finally hit the A-list as Steve Rodgers in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster “Captain America: The First Avenger” last summer.  Well, to be fair, he likely solidified himself his global popularity after “The Avengers” was released in May.  Over $1.5 million in ticket sales later and you can be sure little boys and girls all over the world will always recognize Evans’ face.

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<p>Amy Adams talks about her new role in Paul Thomas Anderson's &quot;The Master.&quot;</p>

Amy Adams talks about her new role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

'The Master's' Amy Adams says Paul Thomas Anderson was funnier than she expected

Three-time Oscar nominee reflects on one of the standout performances of her career

TORONTO - Sitting down with Amy Adams last week during the Toronto International Film Festival, there was only one thing on the agenda and it probably wasn't what you'd expect it be.  No, I didn't ask her about playing Lois Lane in the upcoming Superman reboot "Man of Steel."  And, no, there wasn't time to ask her what she thoughts were of her "Trouble with the Curve" co-star Clint Eastwood's now iconic speech to an empty chair at the Republican National Convention two weeks ago.  Instead, the topic of conversation had to be regarding her incredible performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master."

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<p>Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States in Steven Spielberg's &quot;Lincoln.&quot;</p>

Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."

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Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' trailer puts the focus on future generations

Daniel Day-Lewis pulls off a striking resemblance to the 16th U.S. president

With less than two months before it debuts in limited release, DreamWorks Pictures debuted the first full-length trailer for Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" today. The preview teased the classic cinematic imagery and framing Spielberg has been known to embrace when tackling more serious, period fare and gave moviegoers their first extended look of Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States. And while Day-Lewis appears headed for another Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Honest Abe, it was the subtle inclusion of Lincoln with his young son (we assume) that was the surprise.

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<p>Don Mischer</p>

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer to direct Oscars telecast

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron choose telecast veteran

Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, it was announced today by producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Mischer has directed the telecast several times before, including 2011's 83rd Oscars, which was largely critically reviled, due in part to James Franco's lethargic co-hosting job. Mischer was nominated for directing Emmys for the 2011 and 2012 shows.

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<p>Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'</p>

Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

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The brilliant Saoirse Ronan reveals 'Byzantium,' 'The Host' and 'How I Live Now' secrets

This is one busy 18-year-old

TORONTO - Everyone has a word or phrase they probably use too much.  For example, my friends will tell you I'm prone to use the word "literally" in conversation way too often.  Or, when doing interviews, to say "I'm curious" about three or four times to a subject (eke).  She might be embarrassed to read it, but Saoirse Ronan has the distinctly British habit of saying "brilliant' during conversation just as much as I say "literally" (perhaps more actually).  It's partially because she's just coming out of her teenage years, but it also a sign of her impressive enthusiasm regarding her work.

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<p>James D'Arcy and Ben Winshaw in &quot;Cloud Atlas.&quot;</p>

James D'Arcy and Ben Winshaw in "Cloud Atlas."

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Oscars First Take: ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Impossible,’ ‘End of Watch’

Plus: ‘Perks of Being A Wallflower,’ ‘The Master’ and more

TORONTO – It’s been a long trek from Telluride to Toronto, but the initial wave of fall festivals is finally coming to an end.  While there are still a number of premieres over the next few days in Toronto, they are mostly secondary titles that few expect to get major distribution (and the snarky remarks are already starting on closing night selection “Emperor” starring Tommy Lee Jones).  

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<p>Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, &quot;Quartet.&quot;</p>

Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins in Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, "Quartet."

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Review: Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet' is sweet and slight

HitFix
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Pauline Collins is the film's true awards hopeful

TORONTO - It's always news when an acclaimed actor decides to direct their first feature, but it's hard to believe it took Dustin Hoffman 45 years to step behind the camera.  The two-time Oscar winner has gone in an unexpectedly sweet direction for his first directing gig with the slight romantic comedy "Quartet” that debuted Sunday night at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell's &quot;Silver Lining Playbook.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in David O. Russell's "Silver Lining Playbook."

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Review: Jennifer Lawrence burns bright in crowd-pleasing 'Silver Linings Playbook'

HitFix
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David O. Russell delivers an unexpectedly funny drama

TORONTO – To say the Toronto International Film Festival's 2012 slate has been dominated by literary adaptations is something of an understatement. On Saturday alone, “Cloud Atlas,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “Much Ado About Nothing” (granted, a stage adaptation) all had their world or North American premieres at the fest. Oh, and add one more prominent title to that list, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”

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