Two of the five Oscar nominees for Best Editing won top honors from the American Cinema Editors guild. “The Artist” won the comedy/musical cutting prize and “The Descendants” took the drama award over, among others, the other three Oscar contenders (“Hugo,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Moneyball“).
The winner of the Golden Eddie has proven to be one of the best indicators of which film takes home the Best Picture Oscar. Since 1990, a film that came up with the ACE went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 15 times. ACE has an even better record of forecasting who will win the Editing Oscar (18 out of 21 years)
Anne-Sophie Bion‘s nomination for “The Artist” is her first. The film is considered a frontrunner for Best Picture. Co-editor Michel Hazanavicius is also nominated for writing and directing the film. The last comedy/musical ACE champ to win this Oscar was “Chicago” (2002), which was also set in the razzle dazzle world of show biz.
Kevin Tent won the Golden Eddie for “The Descendants” after having been nominated three times for other Alexander Payne pictures (“Election, 1999; “About Schmidt,” 2002; “Sideways,” 2004). None of those previous guild nominations translated into an Oscar bid.
Thelma Schoonmaker earned her first Oscar bid 40 years ago for the documentary “Woodstock.” Since then, she has been cited six times for her collaborations with Martin Scorsese, winning for “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Aviator” (2004), and “The Departed” (2006), and contending this year for “Hugo.”
Last year’s champs — Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (“The Social Network”) — return to the race with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Both films were directed by David Fincher, as was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) which earned Wall and Baxter their first Oscar bids.
The quick cuts in “Moneyball” earned Christopher Tellefsen his first Oscar nomination. Sports movies make regular showings in this category, including last year’s boxing flick “The Fighter.”
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