Tiff Proved ‘Joker’ Is a Major Oscar Contender That Could Go All the Way

Published on Sep 14, 2019

Tiff Proved ‘Joker’ Is a Major Oscar Contender That Could Go All the Way

Even with Adolf Hitler as an imaginary playmate in “Jojo Rabbit,” there was no more divisive movie at the Toronto International FIlm Festival than “Joker.” Depending on who you ask, Todd Phillips made an homage to “Taxi Driver,” created a character study inside the Trojan horse of a superhero movie, set a dangerous precedent, or achieved a stroke of genius. No matter where you land, however, one thing is clear: Warner Bros. has a genuine, multi-category Oscar contender, including Best Picture.

“Joker” represents the rarest of animals: A Hollywood blockbuster that also generates cinephile arguments. These were fascinating: Was it just a DC comic book movie? Should the $55-million cautionary tale be an awards contender? Could “Joker” have unintended consequences in the real world for copycat violence? If so, should that be considered when judging it?

Inevitably, the day after the Tiff “Joker” premiere, those questions and more led to

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Author: Anne Thompson