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30 Oscar Hopefuls You Need to Know Going Into the Fall Festivals

Fall film festival season is often seen as the official launch of Oscar season. Here are the major titles looking to get a boost out of the gate.

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Oscar season starts early at the Cannes Film Festival, but its official launch is unquestionably fall movie season. Starting near the end of August, an onslaught of potential Oscar contenders will world premiere — or reemerge after playing at festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes. Three major fall film festivals have already announced their main slates: the Venice Film Festival (August 28-September 7), the Toronto International Film Festival (September 5-15), and the New York Film Festival (September 27-October 13). At these gatherings, new films from Martin Scorsese, Noah Baumbach, Marielle Heller, Edward Norton, Steven Soderbergh, and more will debut and either launch into the awards season or fizzle out. The fourth major festival is Telluride (August 30-September 2), although the event does not reveal its lineup until days before it starts.

Below, IndieWire has dug through the Venice, TIFF, and NYFF lineups to determine the 30 biggest Oscar hopefuls confirmed to be hitting the fall festival circuit. Additional titles will be announced in the lead-up to festival season and added to the list below. It should be noted that only films confirmed for fall festivals appear below, which means expected contenders without festival debuts are not included (such is the case for Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Todd Haynes’ “Dry Run,” for instance).

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