Frontrunners are already forming for Oscar’s Best Picture race, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. Now that the three major fall film festivals — Telluride, Venice and Toronto — have premiered many of the most anticipated titles, the predictions reflect the state of flux now that critics have passed judgment on early fall contenders. Two major shifts: “JoJo Rabbit” and “The Laudromat” dropped from the top 10, replaced by “Joker” and “Parasite.” We’ve confirmed category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later.
Here are the current top 10 Best Picture picks on the Gold Derby site, in order, as of Sept. 14:
1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Oscar voters love to look into a big-screen mirror and see their chosen profession reflected back at them. Sure, Quentin Tarantino
‘s fairy-tale time capsule takes us back to 1969, when the decade of peace,