TIFF 2013: A very big year for goes off mostly without incident
Benedict Cumberbatch at TIFF 2013. (Getty Images)
There’s no disputing that the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has been a good one. Boasting a line-up chockfull of head-turning performances and likely Oscar contenders, TIFF 2013 will inevitably go down as one of the biggest in the event’s 38 year history.
But despite attracting some of the most high-profile movies and most famous stars from around the world, the 2013 festival was fairly quiet compared to previous fests -- at least as far as awards season impact and big celebrity moments go. So, how does TIFF 2013 compare to past years?
Although we still don’t know which movie is going to win Toronto’s coveted People’s Choice Award, it’s possible that the honour won’t have the prescient effect (in terms of Oscar performance) its had in previous years. While ultimate Best Picture winners like “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “The King’s Speech” all began their road to Oscar with a People’s Choice win at TIFF, this year’s crop of potential award season winners (including “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave”) already screened at several other festivals (Venice and Telluride) before coming to Toronto.
Granted, “Slumdog” and “The King’s Speech” also played at Telluride before coming to T.O., but those films didn’t have nearly the same rapturous reception they got at TIFF a few weeks later. Telluride has grown in importance to the film industry over the past several years, robbing TIFF of some of its thunder in the process.
Sure, there were plenty of major stars at TIFF 2013, but as far as memorable celeb moments go, this year couldn’t hold a candle to previous festivals. The 2012 festival featured Kristen Stewart’s first post-scandal appearance at the Toronto premiere of “On the Road,” while 2011 featured the first public outing for George Clooney and then-girlfriend Stacy Keibler, as well as a visit by mega-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (Brad Pitt was at this year's festival, but without Angelina in tow, it wasn't nearly the spectacle their 2011 appearance was.)
Kristen Stewart at TIFF 2012, and Brangelina at TIFF 2011. (Getty Images)