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Some of this year's entries share DNA with past toronto favorites, but will they go all the way?

Now: The Descendants | Fox Searchlight
Then: Sideways | Fox Searchlight, 2004

Why They're Alike: Alexander Payne's previous film, a quirky tour of wine country, charmed Oscar voters. His newest, starring George Clooney as a dad reconnecting with his daughters, promises more of the foibles of human relationships.

Now: The Ides of March | Sony
Then: Michael Clayton | Warner Bros., 2007

Why They're Alike: Clooney's new political drama, which he also directed, is following the same Venice-Toronto trajectory that propelled the legal thriller to seven Oscar noms.

Now: W.E. | The Weinstein Co.
Then: The King's Speech | The Weinstein Co., 2010

Why They're Alike: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, bit players in last year's best picture Oscar winner, move to the center of the screen. But a shaky debut in Venice for the Madonna-directed film puts its coronation in doubt.

Now: Trishna | Seeking distribution
Then: Slumdog Millionaire | Fox Searchlight, 2008

Why They're Alike: Both star Freida Pinto and are set in India, but Trishna is based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, which lacks Slumdog's upbeat ending.

BOX OFFICE TORONTO: 2010 was a banner year at the festival for little films that did big business worldwide

The King's Speech, which made its debut at Toronto last year, is the most successful independent film of all time, surpassing the $377.6 million earned worldwide by Slumdog Millionaire, a 2008 Toronto title. Black Swan also came out of the 2010 fest and hit big.

  1. The King's Speech -- $414.2M
  2. Black Swan -- $329.3M
  3. The Town -- $154M
  4. Hereafter -- $105.2M
  5. Aftershock -- $100.3M
  6. Insidious -- $92M
  7. 127 Hours -- $60.7M
  8. Sarah's Key -- $17.8M
  9. Beginners --  $11.9M
  10. Last night --  $7.7M