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'The Big Short,' 'Spotlight' and 'Son of Saul' could be crashing the Oscar race

'The Big Short,' 'Spotlight' and 'Son of Saul' could be crashing the Oscar race

Beyond the unique pairing of Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart, there was little buzz for the Alzheimer's-themed drama "Still Alice" before its premiere on a busy Monday afternoon at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. For various reasons, the independent film was almost an afterthought at an event that annually screens more than 300 titles. A little under two hours and one massive standing ovation later there was little doubt to anyone in the famed Elgin theater that Moore's performance was destined to finally earn her a richly deserved Academy Award.

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