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TIFF day 9: Film festival enters homestretch, to wrap up Sunday

Actor Benicio Del Toro on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2014. CITYNEWS

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is entering its homestretch on Friday with Hollywood stars like John Travolta set to walk the red carpet on Friday for The Forger — one of a number of films making a world premiere in Toronto.

Watch the red carpet arrivals for The Forger on this website.

On Thursday, Ryan Reynolds, Tobey Maguire, Benicio Del Toro, Liev Schreiber, Josh Hutcherson and Adam Sandler showed up to support their films.

Adam Sandler walked the red carpet for his film The Cobbler at the Elgin Theatre, making his second appearance at the festival. The film also stars Ellen Barkin and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.

In the movie, Sandler puts on a pair of shoes and becomes someone else. He told KiSS 92.5’s Maurie Sherman who he would like to be for a day.

“The Wiggins kid, that’d be fun for a day. A Canada fella, excellent at hoop, baffling all of Canada, smooth, quick, young, happy. That [would] be fun,” Sandler said.

At Ryerson, Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds posed for photos with co-star Anna Kendrick. The two have top billing in The Voices, a drama about a man who gets advice from animals.

“The character is sort of unusual I think. I’ve never really seen anything quite like it … it’s really exciting to bring it to Toronto,” Reynolds explained to CityNews’ Melanie Ng about his off-beat role.

Click here for a list of all the films being shown at TIFF.

Click here for a schedule of the film screenings.

The film festival runs until Sunday.

Films getting Oscar buzz

One of the films that got rave reviews at TIFF was The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The film first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and Cumberbatch is already receiving best actor Oscar buzz. Reese Witherspoon is also getting acclaim for her role in the film Wild.

Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore as a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s received a standing ovation on opening night and her performance is getting Oscar praise.

St. Vincent starring Bill Murray had its world premiere at TIFF and could potentially be a nominee for best picture at the Academy Awards. The film could also be in the running for TIFF’s people’s choice award, which is often a precursor to the Oscars.

In years past, the films 12 Years a Slave and Slumdog Millionaire both won the audience award at TIFF and went on to win Oscars.

The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 15, 2015.