Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"One Catgeory at a Time" - Best Film Editing

That most important of craft categories often has a strong correlation with Best Picture (no film has won Best Picture without an editing nomination since 1980). It only makes me more enraged that The Dark Knight earned a spot here but not in the top race. Damn you, Weinstein! Oh well. At least we know Harvey's smug confidence that The Reader will win is mislaid:
No film editng nomination = no Best Picture.

As for the nominees, I agree with three of them. Chris Dickens is the obvious frontrunner for Slumdog Millionaire (and for good reason). Joining him are Elliot Graham for his riveting work on Milk, and Dan Hanley & Mike Hill for their more subversive but still effective cutting of Frost/Nixon.

As much as I admire Lee Smith's unenviable task of splicing together a movie as complex and layered as The Dark Knight, he would've been my sixth choice. I would've replaced him and the editors of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Marco Spoletini's blistering accomplishment on Gomorra and Jon Gregory's perfect comic cutting of In Bruges.

But I'm hardly disappointed with this year's class. The most deserving editor is going to win anyway.

Will win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should win: Slumdog Millionaire

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