Friday, January 10, 2014

Guild noms keep rolling with American Cinema Editors

The ACE has joined the fray with their nominations for the Eddies. As expected, all four Best Picture frontrunners are represented.

The four feature film categories (plus commentary) after the cut:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse
Gravity, Alfonso CuarĂ³n & Mark Sanger
Her, Eric Zumbrunnen & Jeff Buchanan
Saving Mr. Banks, Mark Livolski
12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

Gravity being the craft behemoth that it is, it's quite possible that Cuaron and Sanger take this. Their fellow editors will surely appreciate what a beast of a post-production job this movie was. It used to be that winning the ACE Eddie was almost a prerequisite to winning the Best Editing Oscar, until The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo bucked the trend by besting Eddie winners The Artist and The Descendents in 2012. Remember that Academy voters almost always choose the film that displays the most editing, so even if Gravity wins here, I think I still might have to put my chips on Captain Phillips for the Oscar. It would not be undeserved.

Glad to see Her find a nomination. Much of its dreamy, hypnotic quality is derived from its assembly of images. You could pay similar compliments to 12 Years a Slave as well. The only contestant I object to here is Saving Mr. Banks. All Is Lost or Dallas Buyers Club would have made much handsomer nominees.

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)
American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten
August: Osage County, Stephen Mirrione
Inside Llewyn Davis, Roderick Jaynes
Nebraska, Kevin Tent
The Wolf of Wall Street, Thelma Schoonmaker

I haven't seen American Hustle yet (soon though), but I assume it has this in the bag, being the only real Best Picture hopeful of the bunch.

Glad the the Coens got at least one guild nomination this season, albeit under their editing alias Roderick Jaynes, and it's a most deserved nomination. Much of the humour of their films comes from their sense of visual timing. And of course the great Thelma Schoonmaker deserves to be in this lineup as well, for her sharp comic splicing of an unwieldy four-hour rough cut.

Not sure what ACE sees in August: Osage County though. The editing was a bit all over the place in that one.

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me 2, Gregory Perler
Frozen, Jeff Draheim
Monsters University, Greg Snyder

Feels like Frozen is the one to beat for all the animation related prizes this year.

Best Edited Documentary (Feature)
Blackfish, Eli Despres
Tim's Vermeer, Patrick Sheffield
20 Feet from Stardom, Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes

Too bad Mike Munn's vital work on Stories We Tell couldn't make it, but I suppose Sarah Polley's doc is represented well enough on the circuit this year.

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