OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Film Editing

Updated: November 20, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Lee Smith
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Two-time nominee for "The Dark Knight" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." If "Dunkirk" is a huge player below the line, watch out.
CONS:
If they find another technical player to embrace, they could pass him over (a la "Inception").

2

Jon Gregory
“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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3

Sidney Wolinsky
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
This acclaimed editor of "The Sopranos" won an Emmy in 2011 for "Boardwalk Empire" and has also worked on "House of Cards."
CONS:
On the movie side, Sidney has worked on "Howard the Duck" and "Not Fade Away." Not something that exudes confidence.

4

Michael Kahn
“The Post” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Three-time winner ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Schindler's List," and "Saving Private Ryan"). Is there a fourth in his future?
CONS:
Simply put, if the film is a major Best PIcture player, so is Kahn. He needs it to be.

5

Nick Houy
“Lady Bird” (A24)

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CONS:
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6

Tatiana S. Riegel
“I, Tonya” (NEON)

PROS:
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CONS:
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7

Valerio Bonelli
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

PROS:
If the film is a threat in Best Picture, this is a key race it'll want to contend in.
CONS:
Big historical period films can have some trouble in Editing.

8

Bob Ducsay
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
The editor of "Looper" being given the keys to "Star Wars" is huge. "The Force Awakens" received a nomination in this category.
CONS:
He's had some mishaps since "Looper" (i.e. "Godzilla," "San Andreas," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"). Ouch.

9

Mako Kamitsuna
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
A chance for diversity in the tech branch as Kamitsuna crafts a beautiful film with a tender, deliberate pace.
CONS:
It's not as flashy as others. The film needs to be a player everywhere.

10

Joe Walker
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Two-time nominee for "12 Years a Slave" and "Arrival," his films are almost always exceptionally paced.
CONS:
There could be other action choices for them to make this year ("Star Wars: The Last Jedi" anyone?)

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Gregory Plotkin
“Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

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12

Martin Walsh
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

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CONS:
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13

William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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14

Walter Fasano
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
Is building his resume with works like "I Am Love" and "A Bigger Splash" under his belt.
CONS:
Needs the film to be a unified contender in Best Picture for this to come through.

15

Sandra Adair
“Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
The "Boyhood" loss stung greatly. Not to mention she also does very well with the comedy genre ("The School of Rock"). Dark horse?
CONS:
They'll need to be all over the film in a big way.

16

Sean Baker
“The Florida Project” (A24)

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CONS:
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17

Pamela Martin
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
This talent of the cloth has delivered outstanding things over the years with two nods to her name ("La La Land" and "True Grit"). Even with a snub or two under her belt ("Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Catch Me If You Can").
CONS:
Tennis shorts and shirts don't exactly scream "OSCAR!"

18

William Hoy, Stan Salfas
“War for the Planet of the Apes” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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19

Affonso Gonçalves
“Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
The editor of "Carol" and the first season of "True Detective" is touching Haynes' film again. Could it make the difference?
CONS:
Early word suggests the film is not particularly cut well. Let's see when everyone begins to chime in.

20

Sarah Flack
“The Beguiled” (Focus Features)

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CONS:
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OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Baby Driver ” (TriStar Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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22

Dylan Tichenor
“Phantom Thread” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Two-time nominee for "There Will Be Blood" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Tichenor has an opportunity to also right the wrong of his egregious snub for "Brokeback Mountain" (oh, you thought we forgot?)
CONS:
Editing is hardly something that PTA films are praised for. They'll need to truly love it as a whole.

23

Tom Cross
“Hostiles” (Entertainment Studios)

PROS:
Two-time nominee for "There Will Be Blood" and "Zero Dark Thirty," Tichenor has an opportunity to also right the wrong of his egregious snub for "Brokeback Mountain" (oh, you thought we forgot?)
CONS:
Editing is hardly something that PTA films are praised for. They'll need to truly love it as a whole.

24

Andrew Weisblum
“mother!” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
Nominated editor of "Black Swan," who also worked on films like "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Wrestler."
CONS:
Is the film a big player where Editing is on the table?

25

Kevin Tent
“Downsizing” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
Previous nominee for "The Descendants." Better yet, he's chalked up ACE Eddie nominations for all his outings with Payne before.
CONS:
His peers in the guild branch may like him but he keeps missing for a reason. Why is that?

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  • chrosTV

    It’s ridiculous that Baby Driver’s not even included. It should be in the Top 5.

  • Baggins

    my picks as of right now in alphabetical order

    Darkest Hour
    Dunkirk
    The Post
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • Not sure how ‘Godzilla’ was a mishap for Bob Ducsay. It made a ton of money worldwide (over 500 million) and received decent reviews (62 Metacritic is not bad for this kind of movie).

  • chrosTV

    Still no Baby Driver??

  • chrosTV

    I’m still convinced that Baby Driver’s gonna get nominated for this category, so it’s simply laughable to not even include it.

  • Chucho E. Quintero

    Not considering Baby Driver a front runner basically proves you have absolutely no idea what editing is all about.

    • Those are Oscar predictions, not a list of the best-edited films of the year according to the site owner. And there really is no reason to think that Baby Driver is a frontrunner for a nomination. Most contenders in this category tend to be Best Picture nominees (like Mad Max, Hell or High Water, The Departed, Captain Phillips etc.), not action movies released earlier in the year – stuff like The Bourne Ultimatum are the exception, not the rule.

      • Chucho E. Quintero

        Lol, I know how Oscar predictions work, I’ve been coming to this site for AGES, that’s not the point. I’m thinking about the editors branch appreciating how much editing is responsible for BD’s success with both critics and audiences. And you calling BD “just another action movie” also shows how little you know of Wright’s masterful filmmaking. This shouldn’t be seen as just an “action flick”, this is more in the line of “Whiplash” (which one), or other out-of-left-field nominees like “City of God” or “The diving bell and the butterfly”, where editing plays as much part in storytelling as the screenplay or the actors. And yes, not seeing this and not BD a frontrunner AT LEAST for the nomination shows how little they know of editing because the editors branch IS going to notice.