Jess Cagle
September 13, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Our Toronto Film Fete

Hugh Jackman searched for Sandra Bullock. Jason Bateman waited by the door for Julia Louis-Dreyfus to arrive. At EW’s Must List party on Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival, senior writer/Oscar expert Anthony Breznican and I honored TIFF’s best and brightest at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Several of the honorees — like Gravity‘s Bullock and 12 Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor — emerged from the festival with high Oscar hopes. And our Breakthrough honorees Daniel Brühl (Rush and The Fifth Estate) and Julianne Nicholson (August: Osage County) got the industry talking. In this issue, Anthony takes you inside the brutal battles for buzz at the festival.

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