Monday, 4 January 2016


Editing is one of the four main pillars of the Oscar race when it comes to determining which film wins Best Picture, alongside directing, acting and writing. You generally need to turn up in all four of those in order to be considered a legitimate candidate to win. Last year, Birdman became the first film to win the top Oscar with no corresponding Editing nod since Ordinary People in 1980. No film has won Best Picture without a nomination from the American Cinema Editors since Driving Miss Daisy in 1989, back when it only nominated three non-documentary titles per year. Could Spotlight be the first since then? This definitely isn't a stat you'll wanna stand too firmly behind, but it's notable that this is Spotlight's first significant disappointment, and the first chink in its armour. It joins all other Oscar contender now in having missed at least one major marker on the road to Best Picture victory. From an Oscar watcher's perspective, this could be a significant moment in the race, the point where this year becomes no longer a one-horse race, and a complete free-for-all. Or, Spotlight could go on to bulldoze the competition all season long from hereon out. ACE Eddie winners will be announced on the 29th of January. Check out their nominations in film categories below:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant)
Pietro Scalia (The Martian)
Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Joe Walker (Sicario)

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Tom Cross and Christopher Tellefsen (Joy)
Hank Corwin (The Big Short)
William Kerr and Paul Zucker (Trainwreck)
Dan Lebental and Colby Parker (Ant-Man)
David Trachtenberg (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
Garret Elkins (Anomalisa)
Kevin Nolting (Inside Out)
Stephen Schaffer (The Good Dinosaur)

Best Edited Documentary (Feature)
Joe Beshenkovsky and Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck)
Greg Finton, Brad Fuller and Brian Johnson (He Named Me Malala)
Andy Grieve (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief)
Chris King (Amy)
Claire Scanlon (The Wrecking Crew)