The American Cinema Editors nominations for the Eddie Awards announced on Monday (Jan. 7) include our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “Roma,” along with the other four films we’re predicting to reap bids in that race: “A Star is Born,” “The Favourite,” “First Man” and “Vice.” (See the full list of nominations)
The ACE Eddie Awards divide their prizes for editing between dramas and comedies/musicals. “A Star is Born,” “First Man” and “Roma” contend here in the drama race, which is rounded out by “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Facing off against “The Favourite” and “Vice” on the comedy side are “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Deadpool 2” and “Green Book.”
The Golden Eddie winners will be revealed on Feb. 2 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 one of the ACEs went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 times. And in eight of the 11 years when the ACE barometer was wrong, at least one of the Eddie champs was a contender for Best Picture. Last year the ACE drama winner “Dunkirk” numbered among the Best Picture nominees to lose the top Oscar to “The Shape of Water.”
In 2008 neither of the Eddie winners — The Bourne Ultimatum” nor “Sweeney Todd” — made the final five contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars, and in 2000 the same fate befell “The Matrix” and “Being John Malkovich.” And prior to the split, 1990 ACE winner “Glory” was shut out of the Best Picture line-up.