Toronto International Film Festival Lineup

TIFF is widely considered to launch the Oscar race when it kicks off in the fall- there's always a movie that gets its breakthrough there, last year it was Silver Linings Playbook, which of course went on to win Best Actress and become one of the major nominees of the year. Here are the expected 2013 Oscar contenders set to debut here in 2013:

Opening Night Film:The Fifth Estate (Dir. Bill Condon, starring Benedict Cumberbatch; about WIkiLeaks founder Julian Assange)

Closing Night Film:Life of Crime (Dir. Daniel Schechter, starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, and Tim Robbins; a thriller based on Elmore Leonard's 1970's novel "The Switch") 

Other Contenders:

Gravity (Dir. Alfonso Cuaron, starring Sandra Bullock) 

Labor Day (Dir. Jason Reitman, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin) 

August: Osage County (Dir. John Wells, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts) 

12 Years a Slave (Dir. Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender) 

The Past (Dir. Asghar Farhadi, starring Berenice Bejo; from France; premiered at Cannes and won the Best Actress Award)

Rush (Dir. Ron Howard, starring Chris Hemsworth) 

Dallas Buyer's Club (Dir. Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey) 

Blue is the Warmest Color (Dir. Abdelletif Kechiche, starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux; from France; won the Palme d'Or at Cannes) 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Dir. Justin Chadwick, starring Idris Elba) 

It's looking to be quite a year for Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, who not only has The Fifth Estate, but shows up in August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave as well.