AFP LOS ANGELES - Hollywood’s annual awards season may be months away yet, but for many the race for Oscars gold has already started, with strong contenders emerging from key film festivals this month. While it is too early to talk of frontrunners - unlike last year when “12 Years a Slave” established itself early in awards season - several movies and actors are already generating buzz in Tinseltown. Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon are among the performances already tipped, while unique coming-of-age drama “Boyhood” is among films being talked about as possible nominees.