ACE Eddie Awards nominations: Best Film Editing Oscar frontrunner ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ among contenders

The nominations for the 2023 ACE Eddie Awards announced on Wednesday (Feb. 1) include our Oscar frontrunner for Best Film Editing, “Top Gun: Maverick,” along with the other four films contending in that race: “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Tar.”

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

“Elvis,” “Tar” and “Top Gun: Maverick,” contend here in the drama race, which is rounded out by “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “The Woman King.”

Facing off against “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” on the comedy side are “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” “The Menu” and “Triangle of Sadness.”

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 30 years, 134 of the 150 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 2 days before final voting for the 95th Academy Awards ends. 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 14 years when the ACE barometer was wrong, at least one of the Eddie champs was a contender for Best Picture. In 2022, the ACE pick for best drama, “King Richard,” made the cut with the academy for the top prize. Likewise in 2021 with ACE drama champ “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

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)

“All Quiet on the Western Front”
Sven Budelmann, BFS

Matt Villa, ACE ASE; Jonathan Redmond

Monika Willi

“Top Gun: Maverick”
Eddie Hamilton, ACE

“The Woman King”
Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)

“The Banshees of Inisherin”
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, ACE

“Everything, Everywhere, All at Once”
Paul Rogers

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
Bob Ducsay, ACE

“The Menu”
Christopher Tellefsen, ACE

“Triangle of Sadness”
Ruben Östlund; Mikel Cee Karlsson

Best Edited Animated Feature Film

“The Bad Guys”
John Venzon, ACE

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
Ken Schretzmann, ACE; Holly Klein

“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”
Dean Fleischer-Camp, Nick Paley

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
James Ryan, ACE

“Turning Red”
Nicholas C. Smith, ACE

Best Edited Documentary (Feature)

“All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”
Amy Foote; Joe Bini; Brian A. Kates, ACE

“Fire of Love”
Erin Casper; Jocelyne Chaput

“Good Night Oppy”
Helen Kearns, ACE; Rejh Cabrera

“Moonage Daydream”
Brett Morgen

Langdon Page; Maya Hawke

Best Edited Documentary (Non-Theatrical)

“The Andy Warhol Diaries: Collab: Andy & Basquiat”
Steve Ross

“George Carlin’s American Dream”
Joe Beshenkovsky, ACE

“The Last Movie Stars: Luck is an Art”
Barry Poltermann

“Luci and Desi”
Robert A. Martinez

“Pelosi in the House”
Geof Bartz, ACE

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