Too Big for Toronto? Why DiCaprio and Other Superstars Shun Tiff

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Too Big for Toronto? Why DiCaprio and Other Superstars Shun Tiff
The Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest annual showcase of potential Oscar contenders, particularly via its Best Picture-predictive Audience Award. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the biggest stars consider the 10-day event to be essential for an Oscar campaign.

This year was Tom Hanks’ first appearance at Tiff since “Cloud Atlas” in 2012. For Meryl Streep, “The Laundromat” was her first Tiff title since “August: Osage County” in 2013. Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t been there as an actor since 1995, with “Total Eclipse” — almost a quarter century ago (he has appeared to promote some documentaries).

So why doesn’t Tiff get more celebrity love? It appears that what makes Toronto attractive to many films isn’t true for them — particularly when they might be Oscar-bound.

These actors stick to wide-release studio films

A studio with Oscars on its mind wants to create a carefully calibrated release plan, one that keeps
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