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Oscar Season Dominates Fall Movie Buzz, but It’s Not the Whole Story

Yes, this week's Telluride and TIFF updates are accelerating awards season, but at what cost?

Film Festivals Launch Oscar Contenders, But

Oscar season has kicked off right on schedule, with Telluride launching hotly anticipated titles like “The Power of the Dog” and “King Richard” (above), a ritual that continues this week with the latest edition of TIFF. As the awards infrastructure kicks back into gear following the mostly virtual one that preceded it, studios seem keen on making sure their potential nominees dominate the buzz. At Telluride, that meant every celebrity in town working the room, a feat that was all the more impressive after they spent the year avoiding crowds.

But this phenomenon doesn’t tell the whole story: Film festivals, after all, don’t just serve Academy voters. Telluride and TIFF are also designed as platforms for discoveries — but what chance do they have for attention with all the extra noise? In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson debate that ongoing challenge, while sharing some of the films they’re looking forward to seeing in the TIFF lineup.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia and available on Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotify, and hosted by Megaphone. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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