Now that many Oscar contenders are being widely seen by media and industry wags, I think the race for best picture is becoming clearer. Here's my snapshot of the track as I see it now from my box seat at the Toronto International Film Festival. I won't get to see "The Social Network" until I return to New York on Thursday, but early reviews are in. And they're great, suggesting that we have an official front-runner.
"How to Train Your Dragon"
"Never Let Me Go"
"The Way Back"
MAJOR CONTENDERS STILL NOT SEEN:
"How Do You Know"
"For Colored Girls"
"Love and Other Drugs"
Photos: "The Social Network" (Columbia), left, and "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight)