ACE Eddie Awards nominations: Best Film Editing Oscar frontrunner ‘Dune’ among contenders

The nominations for the 2022 ACE Eddie Awards announced on Thursday (Jan. 27) include our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “Dune,” along with three of the other four films we’re predicting to reap bids in that race: “Belfast,” “Don’t Look Up” and “The Power of the Dog.” While “West Side Story” was snubbed by the American Cinema Editors we expect it to be the fifth Academy Awards contender.

The ACE Eddie Awards divide their prizes for editing between dramas and comedies/musicals.

“Belfast,” “Dune” and “The Power of the Dog” contend here in the drama race, which is rounded out by “King Richard” and“No Time to Die.”

Facing off against “Don’t Look Up” on the comedy side are “Cruella,” “The French Dispatch,” “Licorice Pizza” and “tick, tick…BOOM!”

In 1992, the Eddies went from three to five nominees (matching that of the Oscars) and in 2000 it split the award in two, with five nominees for each of drama and comedy/musical. Over the past 27 years, 129 of the 145 Academy Awards nominees for Best Film Editing had first reaped an Eddie bid; that is an accuracy rate of 89%.

The Golden Eddie winners will be revealed March 5, which is 12 days before final voting for the 94th Academy Awards starts. Oscar watchers are sure to be watching 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.

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Since 1990, the film that came up with one of the ACEs went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 18 times, including the 2020 winner for best drama editing, “Parasite.” And in 10 of the 13 years when the ACE barometer was wrong, at least one of the Eddie champs was a contender for Best Picture. In 2021, the ACE pick for best drama, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” made the cut with the academy for the top prize.

In 2019, both ACE winners — the drama “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the comedy “The Favourite” — numbered among the Best Picture nominees to lose the top Oscar to “Green Book.” 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.

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
Belfast , Úna Ní Dhonghaíle, ACE, BFE
Dune, Joe Walker, ACE
King Richard , Pamela Martin, ACE
No Time to Die, Tom Cross, ACE, Elliot Graham, ACE
The Power of the Dog, Peter Sciberras

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)
Cruella, Tatiana S. Riegel ACE
Don’t Look Up, Hank Corwin, ACE
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, Andrew Weisblum, ACE
Licorice Pizza, Andy Jurgensen
tick, tick…BOOM!, Myron Kerstein, ACE, Andrew Weisblum, ACE

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
Encanto, Jeremy Milton, ACE
Luca, Catherine Apple, ACE, Jason Hudak
The Mitchells vs. the Machines, Greg Levitan
Raya and the Last Dragon, Fabienne Rawley, ACE, Shannon Stein
Sing 2, Gregory Perler, ACE

Best Edited Documentary (Feature)
Flee, Janus Billeskov Jansen
The Rescue, Bob Eisenhardt, ACE
Summer of Soul……Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised, Joshua L. Pearson
Val, Ting Poo, Leo Scott
The Velvet Underground, Affonso Gonçalves, ACE, Adam Kurnitz

Best Edited Documentary (Non-Theatrical)
100 Foot Wave “Sea Monsters”, Abhay Sofsky, Adrienne Gits, Connor Culhane, Brandon Valentin
1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything “Starman”, Sam Blair
Allen V. Farrow “Episode 1”, Mikaela Shwer, Parker Laramie & Sara Newens
The Beatles: Get Back “Episode 3”, Jabez Olssen
Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry, Greg Finton, ACE, Lindsay Utz, ACE

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