Since the Oscars introduced an award for editing in 1934, only nine movies have won Best Picture without at least being nominated for Best Editing. This explains how "Crash" pulled off a surprise win over "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005 and why "The Departed" prevailed over PGA and SAG champ "Little Miss Sunshine" in 2006. Neither of those losing Best Picture contenders was in the running for the editing award at the Oscars.
A nomination for "War Horse" would be Michael Kahn's eighth. Almost all of his previous bids were for Steven Spielberg films. He won for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), "Schindler's List" (1993), and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). His most recent nod was for "Munich" (2005).
One of the most respected names in Hollywood is Thelma Schoonmaker. The longtime editor of Martin Scorsese won for his films "Raging Bull" (1980), "The Aviator" (2004), and "The Departed" (2006). She now could be nominated for his "Hugo."
Five editors -- Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, and Mark Yoshikawa -- could contend for cutting Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." Rezende is a previous nominee for "City of God" (2003) and Weber was cited for "Top Gun" (1986) and Malick's "The Thin Red Line" (1998).
Anne-Sophie Bion could collect her first nomination for "The Artist" which is a frontrunner for Best Picture.
The impressive editing of "Moneyball" could get Christopher Tellefsen his first Oscar bid. Sports movies make regular showings in this category like last year's boxing flick "The Fighter."
Last year's cutting champs -- Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter ("The Social Network") -- could be back this year 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.
Claire Simpson won this award in 1986 for "Platoon" and was nominated for "The Constant Gardener" (2005). She edited "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."
Stephen Mirrione won the Oscar in 2000 for "Traffic." He has two films in contention this year -- "Contagion" and "The Ides of March."
The complicated structures of "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and "Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy" could help reap bids for their editors. "Drive," "The Help," "J. Edgar," and "The Descendants" are also in the mix.