'Up in the Air'

<b>Director: Jason Reitman</b> &mdash; An average Joe who spends his life avoiding personal relationships and collecting frequent flier miles for work meets the woman of his dreams, and problems soon begin.<br>
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<b>Why:</b> Reitman's third film features not only critic favorite George Clooney but rising talent Vera Farmiga. The writer-director also goes into Toronto with a great track record after his first film, 2005's "Thank You for Smoking," ignited a fierce bidding war at the festival.<br>
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<b>Oscar chances:</b> The film seems a far stretch for a best picture nomination, but Reitman carries some Oscar momentum in the name of  "Juno" and Clooney.

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Director: Jason Reitman — An average Joe who spends his life avoiding personal relationships and collecting frequent flier miles for work meets the woman of his dreams, and problems soon begin.

Why: Reitman's third film features not only critic favorite George Clooney but rising talent Vera Farmiga. The writer-director also goes into Toronto with a great track record after his first film, 2005's "Thank You for Smoking," ignited a fierce bidding war at the festival.

Oscar chances: The film seems a far stretch for a best picture nomination, but Reitman carries some Oscar momentum in the name of "Juno" and Clooney.

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