OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Film Editing

Updated: September 21, 2017

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Lee Smith
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
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2

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.

3

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.

4

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:
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5

Mako Kamitsuna
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
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CONS:
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6

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!"

7

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?)

8

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?

9

Dylan Tichenor
“Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film” (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.

10

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.

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon
“Detroit” (Annapurna 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.

12

Stephen Mirrione
“Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
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CONS:
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13

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.

14

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.

15

Jonathan Alberts
“Lean on Pete” (A24)

PROS:
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CONS:
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16

Sarah Flack
“The Beguiled” (Focus Features)

PROS:
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CONS:
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17

Alisa Lepselter
“Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
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CONS:
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18

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

PROS:
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CONS:
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19

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?

20

Martin Walsh
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
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CONS:
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OTHER POSSIBILITIES

21

Tom Cross
“Hostiles” (No U.S. Distribution)

PROS:
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CONS:
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22

Mick Audsley
“Murder on the Orient Express” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
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CONS:
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23

David Trachtenberg
“The Current War” (The Weinstein Company)

PROS:
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CONS:
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24

Melanie Oliver
“Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Emmy nominee for "Elizabeth I" and "John Adams" who has also worked on "Les Miserables" and "The Danish Girl."
CONS:
The film is a delight but will need to surprise on the circuit a la "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to sneak in this category.

25

Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
“Atomic Blonde” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Emmy nominee for "Elizabeth I" and "John Adams" who has also worked on "Les Miserables" and "The Danish Girl."
CONS:
The film is a delight but will need to surprise on the circuit a la "Dallas Buyers Club" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to sneak in this category.

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  • chrosTV

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