“We had a lot of fun with the music,” Jay Cassidy says about the process of editing Best Picture front-runner “A Star is Born.” He spoke to Gold Derby at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival (watch the exclusive interview above) after delivering an “Art of the Cut” masterclass moderated by Variety deputy editor Peter Caranicas.
Cassidy reveals that “the music was certainly different” with “A Star is Born” in the context of his four-decade filmography. He continues, “Bradley [Cooper] and Lady Gaga wanted to do live vocals. That was really wonderful. We had to do a lot of mechanics to get it to that point, but it really paid off in a certain authenticity about the characters and the experience.”
The three previous Hollywood iterations of “A Star is Born” were nominated across a combined 11 extant Oscar categories that did not include Best Film Editing. Cassidy reveals about the editing in the various “A Star is Born” films, “They’re all different — they’re made in different eras and the editing of all of them reflect the interpretation of the time.”
The 2018 remake is favored for at least 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Film Editing, which would be the fourth of Cassidy’s career. He was first nominated for 2007’s “Into the Wild,” then was nominated as a co-editor on the first two films for which Bradley Cooper received Oscar nominations, for acting: 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and 2013’s “American Hustle.” Cassidy won an Emmy last year on his first nomination, for the pilot of “The Night Of” in Best Movie/Limited Editing.
Cassidy reveals about how he votes, “The editing awards are reflective of the films and if they’re great films, those films tend to get nominated for the editing; it’s very hard to pull it apart.” He concludes despite his expertise, “I don’t think you can dig much deeper.”
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