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Could ‘Birdman’ pull off a Best Picture win without an Editing nod?

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    It is one of the most-asked questions this awards season, and we’re only a couple days away from finding out, but that does not decrease the interest in this question: Could Birdman win without an Editing nod?
    Of course, Birdman is not the only one that has the chance to do this, since two other Best Picture contenders (Selma and The Theory Of Everything) are also not nominated for Editing, but Birdman is one of the front-runners.
    Here is a list of Best Picture winners that weren’t nominated for Best Film Editing, since the category was introduced:

    1980: Ordinary People
    1977: Annie Hall
    1974: The Godfather Part II
    1966: A Man For All Seasons
    1963: Tom Jones
    1955: Marty
    1948: Hamlet
    1937: The Life Of Emile Zola
    1934: It Happened One Night

    What will happen on Sunday night? What is your opinion on the subject? 

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    Monty
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    It does not seem a big problem for me. The most important categories for me are directing, acting and screenplay. Some best picture winner in recent years can win the top prize without directing (Argo) or any acting (Slumdog Millionnaire, LOTR) nods. When Argo was snubbed for a directing nomination, people also doubted its chance to win best picture as the last film to win without directing nod is Driving Miss Daisy back to 1989. But Argo won SAG, PGA and DGA and its momentum was unstoppable. It is interesting to see some of other bigger rules of predicting best picture bound to be broken (BAFTA best picture vs SAG/DGA/PGA).

    Not nominating Birdmand for Editing was the decision from the editing branch only while the Best picture is chosen by the whole industry. Birdman really got wide support from different branches of the industry as it won 10 guild/ industry awards (even hairstyling!) while Boyhood only got two (Best supporting actress, editing). As we learnt the lesson from Social Network/ King’s Speech, I think this is the year for Birdman to fly 

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    Macbeth
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    Ummmmm…we’ve discussed this subject many, many times now. 

    The answer is yes it can

    If the last few years have shown as anything, tradition may not be the strong suite with the Oscars anymore. This it a crazy year, and nothing makes sense anymore, and for once we have a race in three top categories (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor). The editing statistic may have worked, but if Birdman wins, it will be a very special case. If it loses, then the editing nomination will be the most important statistic we have.

    But yeah, I would say Birdman is the frontrunner for sure, but Boyhood is also a possible winner. 

    Just a note – please can we not start redundant topics that have been discussed a few times before – your intentions were good of course, but this very topic has been discussed in at least three different threads, and the Best Picture thread. 

     

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    Anonymous
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    Just a note – please can we not start redundant topics that have been discussed a few times before – your intentions were good of course, but this very topic has been discussed in at least three different threads, and the Best Picture thread. 

     

    I’ve seen multiple posts on threads, but not one particular post dedicated to this subject. I’m kinda new here. I’m sorry if I caused any inconvenience or confusion 

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    babypook
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    Welcome to the boards Grigoris.

     

    You’ve been blooded now so, jump in with both feet!

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    Ummmmm…we’ve discussed this subject many, many times now. 

    The answer is yes it can

    If the last few years have shown as anything, tradition may not be the strong suite with the Oscars anymore. This it a crazy year, and nothing makes sense anymore, and for once we have a race in three top categories (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor). The editing statistic may have worked, but if Birdman wins, it will be a very special case. If it loses, then the editing nomination will be the most important statistic we have.

    But yeah, I would say Birdman is the frontrunner for sure, but Boyhood is also a possible winner. 

    Just a note – please can we not start redundant topics that have been discussed a few times before – your intentions were good of course, but this very topic has been discussed in at least three different threads, and the Best Picture thread. 

     

    I agree with everything you said.

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    Balthazar
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    Excellent topic.  Enjoy reading everyone’s feedback.

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    Anonymous
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    Birdman will not win best picture, it will only win cinematography. The academy will not split again for director and picture this year it will be Boyhood and Richard Linklater. Braveheart and Apollo 13 here we come.

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