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The Toronto Film Fest has offered plenty of A-list talent, including appearances from George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lawrence. But the fest approaches its midpoint with no blockbuster film sales or clear-cut best picture contender. From the looming presence of Trump to meaty female-driven projects, here are five takeaways from the Canadian gathering.

Lack of Awards Season Favorites

“Downsizing,” “The Shape of Water,” “Mudbound” and “The Upside” all have their fierce partisans but also a fair share of detractors. Other films, such as “The Current War,” were met with a tepid response when they debuted over the weekend. The result is that this year’s festival has yet to host the kind of unadulterated best picture Oscar front-runner that past gatherings have spotlighted. So far, there’s no “La La Land” or “Moonlight” or “Spotlight” that festival-goers can know for certain is going to be getting a ticket to the Academy Awards.

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