The American Cinema Editors nominations announced on Tuesday (Jan. 3) cited our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “La La Land,” along with three of the other four films we’re predicting for nominations in that race: “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and”Moonlight.” (Check out the full list of Eddie Awards nominations.)
Even though the Eddie Awards divide editing between dramas and comedies/musicals, the guild did not make room for our fifth predicted Oscar nominee — “Silence” — in the drama race where “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,”and “Moonlight” “Silence” face off against “Hell or High Water” and “Manchester by the Sea.”
The tune-filled “La La Land” vies for the comedy/musical prize against “Deadpool,” “Hail, Caesar!” “The Jungle Book” and “The Lobster.”
Golden Eddie winners will be revealed on Jan. 27 during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Oscar watchers are sure to be in attendance as they are keenly aware that the American Cinema Editors has a proven track record as one of the best indicators of which film takes home the Best Picture Oscar.
Since 1990, the film that came up with the ACE went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 times. And in seven of the nine 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 (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) and the comedy champ (“The Big Short”) were among the seven Best Picture nominees that lost the top Oscar to “Spotlight.” However, ACE did not nominate the cutters of “Spotlight,” though their brethren in the academy did; the Film Editing Oscar went to “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
In 2007 neither of the Eddie winners — “The Bourne Ultimatum” nor “Sweeney Todd” — made the final five contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars, and in 1999 the same fate befell “The Matrix” and “Being John Malkovich.”
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