2018 ACE Eddies Awards offer preview of Oscars [UPDATING LIVE]

The American Cinema Editors handed out the Eddie Awards on Friday (Jan. 26). Oscar watchers were in attendance for the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton as they are keenly aware that ACE is aces as one of the best indicators of which film takes home the Best Picture Oscar

Since 1990, the film that came up with an ACE went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 times. And in seven of the 10 years when the ACE barometer was wrong, the Eddie champ was at least a contender for Best Picture, including last year when both the drama winner (“Arrival”) and the comedy/musical champ (“La La Land”) were among the eight Best Picture nominees that lost the top Oscar to “Moonlight.”

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Six of this year’s nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture — “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “he Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — were in contention at these precursor prizes; the cutters of “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread” were snubbed by ACE.

“Dunkirk,” which is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, won in drama at the Eddies against one of its Oscar rivals, “The Shape of Water.” That race was rounded out by “Blade Runner 2049,” “Molly’s Game” and “The Post.” The other three Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing — “Baby Driver,” “I, Tonya,”  and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — vied for the comedy ACE Award, with “Get Out” and “Lady Bird” also in the running. That prize went to “I, Tonya.”

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Last year, all five of the Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing — “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,”  and “Moonlight” — were first in contention at the ACE awards. John Gilbert won the Oscar for cutting “Hacksaw Ridge,” despite having lost the Golden Eddie to Joe Walker for his work on “Arrival.” Tom Cross had picked up the ACE award on the comedy/musical side for “La La Land.”

In 2016, two of the Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing — “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Big Short” — prevailed here first, winning the drama and comedy Eddie awards. Eventual Oscar champ “Mad Max: Fury Road” edged out two Oscar rivals — “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — as well as “The Martian” and “Sicario.” “The Big Short” prevailed over “Ant-Man,” “Joy,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Trainwreck.” The fifth Oscar nominee — “Spotlight” — was snubbed by the guild.

In 2015, all five Oscar nominees first reaped Eddie bids: eventual Oscar champ “Whiplash” as well as ACE champs “Boyhood” and “Grand Budapest,” plus “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game.”  In 2014 four of the Eddie nominees made the cut at the Oscars (“Dallas Buyers Club” got the fifth slot).

In both 2013 and in 2012 five of the Eddie nominees comprised the Oscar slate. In 2010, four Eddie nominees contended at the Oscars (“127 Hours” got the fifth slot) while in 2009, only three of five ACE drama nominees — “Avatar,” “District 9” and “The Hurt Locker” — reaped Oscar bids with “Inglorious Basterds” and “Precious” added to the mix.

FILM

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
“Blade Runner 2049” (Joe Walker, ACE)
X – “Dunkirk” (Lee Smith, ACE)
“Molly’s Game” (Alan Baumgarten, ACE, Josh Schaeffer & Elliot Graham, ACE)
“The Post” (Michael Kahn, ACE & Sarah Broshar)
“The Shape of Water” (Sidney Wolinsky, ACE)

Best Editing Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)
“Baby Driver” (Jonathan Amos, ACE & Paul Machliss, ACE)
“Get Out” (Gregory Plotkin)
X – “I, Tonya” (Tatiana S. Riegel, ACE)
“Lady Bird” (Nick Houy)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Jon Gregory, ACE)

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
X – “Coco” (Steve Bloom)
“Despicable Me 3” (Clair Dodgson)
“The Lego Batman Movie” (David Burrows, ACE, Matt Villa & John Venzon, ACE)

Best Edited Documentary (Feature)
“Cries From Syria” (Aaron I. Butler)
X – “Jane” (Joe Beshenkovsky, ACE, Will Znidaric, Brett Morgen)
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” (Ann Collins)
“LA 92” (TJ Martin, Scott Stevenson, Dan Lindsay)

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TELEVISION

Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television
X – “Black-ish” — “Lemons” (John Peter Bernardo, Jamie Pedroza)
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — “Josh’s Ex-Girlfriend Wants Revenge” (Kabir Akhtar, ACE & Kyla Plewes)
“Portlandia” — “Amore” (Heather Capps, Ali Greer, Jordan Kim)
“Will & Grace” — “Grandpa Jack” (Peter Beyt)

Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” — “Fatwa!” (Steven Rasch, ACE)
X – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — “The Shucker” (Jonathan Corn, ACE)
“Glow” — “Pilot” (William Turro, ACE)
“Veep” — “Chicklet” (Roger Nygard, ACE & Gennady Fridman)

Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television
“Better Call Saul” — “Chicanery” (Skip Macdonald, ACE)
“Better Call Saul” — “Witness” (Kelley Dixon, ACE & Skip Macdonald, ACE)
“Fargo” — “Aporia” (Henk Van Eeghen, ACE)
X – “Fargo” — “Who Rules the Land of Denial” (Andrew Seklir, ACE)

Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television
“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need” (David Berman)
“Game of Thrones” — “Beyond the Wall” (Tim Porter, ACE)
X – “The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Offred” (Julian Clarke, ACE & Wendy Hallam Martin)
“Stranger Things” — “The Gate” (Kevin D. Ross, ACE)

Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television
“Feud” — “Pilot” (Adam Penn, ACE & Ken Ramos)
X – “Genius: Einstein” — “Chapter One” (James D. Wilcox)
“The Wizard of Lies” (Ron Patane)

Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
“Deadliest Catch” — “Lost at Sea” (Rob Butler, ACE & Ben Bulatao, ACE)
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” — “The Perfect Scientology Family” (Reggie Spangler, Ben Simoff, Kevin Hibbard & Vince Oresman)
X – “VICE News Tonight” — “Charlottesville: Race & Terror” (Tim Clancy, Cameron Dennis, John Chimples & Denny Thomas)

Best Edited Documentary (Small Screen)
“The Defiant Ones” — “Part 1” (Lasse Järvi, Doug Pray)
X – “Five Came Back” — “The Price of Victory” (Will Znidaric)
“The Nineties” — “Can We All Get Along?” (Inbal Lessner, ACE)
“Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge” — “01” (Ben Sozanski, ACE, Geeta Gandbhir; Andy Grieve, ACE)

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