Technically, the Oscar "season" is supposed to last all year long, with movies released at any time during the year considered in contention for the industry’s top prize. Realistically, though, the awards season kicks into full gear when the annual trio of international film festivals held in Venice, Telluride and Toronto come around. It’s during these fertile festival runs that studios bring the movies we often will be talking about for the next few months, hopefully leading up to successful Oscar campaigns that produce Academy Awards wins early next year.

The race already has begun, with multiple movies collecting the ever-important buzz in Venice and Telluride. The latter, in particular, serves as a terrific barometer for a movie’s chances at entering the awards race and sustaining momentum. And now, it’s on to Toronto, where the heat either will be introduced (for World Premiere films) or turned up another few degrees. Considering what we have heard out of Venice and Telluride – and applying what we know about the films in question – here are the 10 Academy Awards campaigns we expect to come out of this week’s Toronto International Film Festival with a firm grip on a clear path to Oscar glory.

Black Mass
Johnny Depp, Best Actor
Don’t call it a comeback. Johnny Depp has been losing himself in roles like this for the duration of his career. Only, his choices recently have drifted closer to family-friendly fare like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, or his Mad Hatter shtick with Tim Burton. Black Mass sees Depp slipping into the menacing shoes of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, and by all accounts, he devours the screen with a terrifying performance. The best news? You don’t have to wait forever to see it, as it opens on Sept. 18.

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