A lot of major contenders just debuted at film festivals, but none may be strong enough to dislodge front-runner Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

For the last seven years, you could count on the eventual winner of the best picture Oscar to emerge from the three big film festivals that unofficially mark the start of award season.

And to be sure, the crop of movies that premiered over the last 2 1/2 weeks in Venice, Italy; Telluride, Colorado; and Toronto — including Noah Baumbach's divorce dramedy Marriage Story, comic-book character study Joker and Taika Waititi's irreverent Hitler comedy

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