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Good Morning, Oscar: September 21

Toronto picks a ”Precious“ winner, and more countries enter Oscar’s foreign-language race.

Today’s roundup of Oscar news ‘n’ notes from around the web …

 

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” wins the “people’s choice” award at Toronto, that festival’s top prize. As opposed to winning that other People’s Choice Award, this one might remotely have some bearing on the Oscars. “Precious” is now the first film to win the top audience awards at both Sundance and Toronto … although, just to confuse things, it won at Sundance under the title “Push.” (IndieWire)

 

Awards Daily shows off a new "Precious" poster.

Vartiety decides that Toronto was good for awards buzz, and has been since “American Beauty” in 1999.

 

With little more than a week to go before the October 1 deadline, more countries are announcing their picks for the foreign-language category.

 

India picks “Harishchandrachi Factory,” a movie about the making of a movie in India. (Business Standard)

 

Switzerland picks “Home,” from director Ursula Meier; it stars Isabelle Huppert and won three Swiss Film Prizes in March. (Screen Daily)

 

Iran picks “About Elly,” which won best narrative feature at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. (Press TV)

 

Belgium picks “The Misfortunates,” which deals with a 13-year-old in a house of “drunks, gamblers and womanizers.” (Variety)

 

Brazil picks “Salve Geral (Save General)” a true story based on the wave of attacks a Brazilian criminal organization made on various Sao Paolo targets in 2006. (Screen Daily)