Toronto: The Early Line for Oscar

THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HAS BECOME THE UNOFFICIAL OPENING FOR OSCAR SEASON. LAST YEAR Lost in Translation, The Cooler and 21 Grams used TIFF as their first shot at an Academy close-up. This year's fest, which ended Saturday, had a rich crop of performances you'll hear about in February. Here's a rundown of contenders:

•LIAM NEESON IN KINSEY As the pioneering sexologist whose studies of male and female sexuality helped liberate and outrage America, Neeson is bold, troubled and charismatic--his finest screen performance.

•JAMIE FOXX IN RAY In the battle of movies about 1950s rock stars, this one on Ray...

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