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From TIFF to the Oscars 2017

Explore some of our favourite Oscars-related content from 2016

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Feb 23, 2017

Academy Awards season is a great time for film lovers. Whether you're still weepy for Manchester by the Sea, gaga for La La Land or hoping Arrival overshadows the rest of the nominees, Oscar night is great for one reason — it gets people talking about film.

At TIFF we're lucky to spend the whole year talking, thinking, and dreaming about film with the people who make them and the people who love them. 2016 saw a lot of the nominees and nominated films come through TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Festival, and we've gathered some of our favourite memories below (and even more in our weekly playlist!)


__(Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing)__

The Cinematography of Moonlight

“While filming a scene like this, a big part of my job is all about listening, watching, reacting and feeling what they're presenting. The way the camera moves — how wide or tight or what lens choices you're making — all of those speak to emotion.”

Cinematographer James Laxton breaks down one of Moonlight's most powerful scenes.

Manchester by the Sea

__(Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay)__


Kenneth Lonergan Captures the Storm

“I’m very detail-oriented, and it’s rewarding to work with actors who really want to know. They’re not there to express themselves, they’re there to be these imaginary people and to make them real.”

We spoke with the acclaimed director and playwright Kenneth Lonergan about Manchester by the Sea, being open to surprises, and how his actors broke his heart.


La La Land

__(Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematograph, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing) __

Ryan Gosling reveals Emma Stone's secret identity at the premiere of our Grolsch People's Choice Award winner La La Land.

I Am Not Your Negro

__(Best Documentary – Feature)__


“A Revolution of the Mind”

“We have to understand that Baldwin was making a tremendous intervention during the Civil Rights era in the United States. He took images of Black degradation and tried to explain why they happen, where they come from, by applying a racialized sexual reading of the origins of these tropes.”

TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey sat down with Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke to discuss Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro and James Baldwin’s life, work and legacy.


The Red Turtle

__(Best Animated Feature Film)__

“It's not just an interesting adventure story about a castaway on a desert island. It's also a way of saying, who am I, what am I, what's my place in the universe?”

Michaël Dudok de Wit reveals some of the inspiration behing The Red Turtle.

The Salesman

__(Best Foreign Language Film)__

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There is no “Us” Versus “Them” in Farhadi’s Cinema

Five years ago, Asghar Farhadi used his acceptance speech at the 2012 Oscars to denounce the hostilities between the US and Iranian governments. In light of the US government's travel ban, the Oscar-winning director will not be attending this year's ceremony. Mere days after the ban took effect, Farhadi scholar Tina Hassannia explored the symbolic and political import of Farhadi’s absence.



__(Best, Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography)__

Lion star Dev Patel explains how he prepared for his role.

Fire at Sea

__(Best Documentary – Feature)__


Fire at Sea Centers the Refugee Crisis in Quiet Observation

“My film wants to be a cry for help. It's unacceptable that people die when they try to reach freedom in the middle of the sea. In this last 15 years, more than 20,000 people have died. This is a mass slaughtering, it's a sort of Holocaust. And we are all responsible for that. Because we do know that there are people who are ready to leave, ready to die, in order to reach freedom. And we just let them die, constantly.”

We spoke with Gianfranco Rosi co-director of Fire At Sea about the devastating, poetic doc.


Nocturnal Animals

__(Best Supporting Actor)__

Nocturnal Animals' Michael Shannon also starred in our favourite fashion moment of TIFF16.

Toni Erdmann

__(Best Foreign Language Film)__

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Toni Erdmann is a Film Where Parents Just Don’t Understand

Toni Erdmann is a movie about that moment where a parent stops being a parent and a child stops being a child. Where instead, you’re just adults in the world.”

Chandler Levack offers her take on the awkward, hilarious, and sometimes touching nominee for Best Foreign Film.



__(Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing)__


TIFF Photo Studio

Many of this year's nominees came through our TIFF Photo Studio — including the stars of Arrival — where photographer Matt Barnes captured the unexpected and playful moments with many of the amazing visitors the Festival brings to Toronto.


We also used the opportunity to have some fun with slo-mo!

#tbt to these fun slo-mo times we had with @mattbarnesphoto during #TIFF16.

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__(Best Actress)__

In Conversation With... Isabelle Huppert

“I didn't see the difficulties. I didn't see how transgressive the role could be or how disturbing the story could be. I really didn't see the problem. So that's what probably helped me do it.”

Watch Piers Handling's epic conversation with Best Actress dark horse Isabelle Huppert as they dive into her work with everyone from Hong Sang-soo to Otto Preminger, and her (now Oscar-nominated) role in Elle.

For a deeper look at the film itself, check out Fiona Duncan exploration Elle in That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore .

13th, Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, and O.J.: Made in America

__(Best Documentary – Feature)__

Pure Nonfiction

PURE NONFICTION Ep. 37: Oscar Nominees for Documentary Feature

Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers presents highlights from his interviews with all five directors nominated for Documentary Feature, including Roger Ross Williams (Life, Animated), Gianfranco Rosi (Fire at Sea), Ava DuVernay (13th), Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), and Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro).


Catch up on the nominees this weekend!

TIFF Bell Lightbox nominees

There's nothing sweeter than knowing you saw a film before it took home an Oscar, so if you're looking to catch up on the nominees before Sunday's ceremony, TIFF Bell Lightbox has you covered this weekend"

Catch Best Picture nominee Moonlight, Best Foreign Film nominee Toni Erdmann, Best Animated Feature nominee The Red Turtle, Best Documentary Feature nominee I Am Not Your Negro, and the nominated short films in both the Live Action and Animated categories.

__How to hack your Oscars pool __

Illustration by Selman Hoşgör for FiveThirtyEight

In the inaugural episode of our new TIFF Long Take podcast, Walt Hickey, Chief Culture Writer for data-journalism site FiveThirtyEight, talks to hosts Rob and Geoff about the numbers and machinations that underlie the process of handing out those beautiful gold statuettes.