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Toni Collette in "Hereditary."

The Oscars are over, the fish-movie triumphant.

A year ago, who could’ve guessed it? That “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi fairy tale romance between a woman and sea creature, would win best picture?

It’s impossible to tell which way Academy winds will blow during the next year. Movies that look good might be bad. Movies that look awful might surprise. Fortunes will fade, heroes will rise, etc. Trying to guess whom and what Oscar will favor is useless.

Nonetheless, wouldn’t it just be some good stupid fun to guess anyway?

Here then, with great humility, I present the 10 films most likely (in order) to generate Oscar heat a year from now.

Note: These films are set for 2018 release dates, but a few could be pushed back into the following year. Also, it’s inevitable that a few new prestige movies will squeeze into fall and winter slots as the year progresses.

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