Is it that time of the year, already? Summer blockbusters continue to crowd the multiplexes, and it feels like we just crowned Birdman Best Picture a few hours ago. But with the summer season drawing to a close, it most certainly is time to gear up for another jog through the awards marathon, which always begins in earnest with the trio of fall film festivals held in Venice, Telluride and Toronto.

This year, north of our borders, Toronto will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, and has begun teasing those of us heading to the International Film Festival with a juicy slate of dramatic fare. The initial wave of Gala and Special Presentation titles hit the airwaves today, and we sifted through to find 10 can’t-miss movies that we know we will be reporting on. These are the movies that we believe will continue to make headlines through the lengthy awards season, the movies that you – as an avid patron of cinema – need to keep on your radar. I’m listing these alphabetically, but know that on a list of my 10 most anticipated movie playing Toronto this year, all ten of these are tied for No. 1.

The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne follows up his Oscar-winning turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything with another biopic of a fascinating subject. This time out, he plays Einar Wegener, the husband of Danish artist Gerda Wegener, who underwent a sex-change operation in the early 1920s after Gerda painted a series of portraits of Einar as a woman. Tom Hooper, an Academy favorite with Les Miserables and The King’s Speech to his credit, directs.

Release Date: November 27

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