BAFTA champ and rookie nominee Tom Cross won Best Editing for “Whiplash.” He had 13/5 odds and the backing of only four Experts: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby). Contrast that to 25 of our 29 Oscar Experts who predicted Sandra Adair would win for her work on Richard Linklater‘s 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” had also recently won with the American Cinema Editors guild.
“Boyhood” had overwhelming 1/2 odds in its favor for the first-time contender. In addition to strong expert support, this film was also predicted by two of our seven Editors, 19 of our Top 24 Users, and 66% of our overall Users.
In third place at 50/1 was “American Sniper,” by Joel Cox, a three-time nominee who prevailed on his first bid in 1992 for “Unforgiven,” and rookie Gary Roach
Tied with that movie was “The Grand Budapest Hotel” from freshman contender Barney Pilling, who won the ACE comedy/musical award.
William Goldenberg, who won the Oscar in 2012 for “Argo,” picked up the fifth nomination of his career for cutting “The Imitation Game” and was at 100/1.
All five of this year’s Film Editing contenders number were among the eight Best Picture nominees. The editors branch snubbed Best Picture frontrunner “Birdman.” The last film to win the top Academy Award without at least contending for film editing was “Ordinary People” in 1980.