UPDATED – JANUARY 17, 2017 – There’s always a film that makes their play in this category that didn’t seem like the “conventional” choice.  See: “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”  This year, we’re looking at “Manchester by the Sea” and/or “Hell or High Water” to make some noise here, which would show considerable strength.

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

  1. La La Land” – Tom Cross
  2. Moonlight” – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders
  3. Arrival” – Joe Walker
  4. Hacksaw Ridge” – John Gilbert
  5. Manchester by the Sea” – Jennifer Lame

THE NEXT FIVE

  1. Hell or High Water” – Jake Roberts
  2. Lion” – Alexandre de Francheschi
  3. Hidden Figures” – Peter Teschner
  4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” – Jabez Olssen
  5. Silence” – Thelma Schoonmaker

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

  1. Sully” – Blu Murray
  2. Fences” – Hughes Winborne
  3. Patriots Day” – Colby Parker, Jr.
  4. Deadpool” – Julian Clarke
  5. Nocturnal Animals” – Joan Sobel
  6. Jackie” – Sebastián Sepúlveda
  7. Loving” – Julie Monroe
  8. 20th Century Women” – Leslie Jones
  9. The Lobster” – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  10. Live By Night” – William Goldenberg

ALSO IN CONTENTION

  1. Miss Sloane” – Alexander Berner
  2. The Jungle Book” – Mark Livolsi
  3. A Monster Calls” – Jaume Marti, Bernat Vilaplana
  4. Florence Foster Jenkins” – Valerio Bonelli
  5. Captain America: Civil War” – Jeffrey Ford & Matthew Schmidt
  6. Deepwater Horizon” – Gabriel Fleming, Colby Parker, Jr.
  7. Captain Fantastic” – Joseph Krings
  8. Hail, Caesar!” – Roderick Jaynes
  9. The BFG” – Michael Kahn
  10. 13th” – Spencer Averik

UNRANKED CONTENDERS IN PLAY

  • Allied” – Jeremiah O’Driscoll
  • American Honey” – Joe Bini
  • American Pastoral” – Melissa Kent
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” – Tim Squyre
  • The Birth of a Nation” – Steven Rosenblum
  • Bleed for This” – Zachary Stuart-Pontier
  • Denial” – Justine Wright
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” – Mark Day
  • The Founder” – Robert Frazen
  • The Girl on the Train” – Michael McCusker
  • Gold” – Douglas Crise
  • Green Room” – Julia Bloch
  • Julieta” – Jose Salcedo
  • The Light Between Oceans” – Jim Helton, Ron Patane
  • Krisha” – Trey Edward Shults
  • Morris from America” – Anne Fabini
  • The Nice Guys” – Joel Negron
  • Passengers” – Maryann Brandon
  • Phil” – David Rosenbloom
  • Rules Don’t Apply” – Robin Gonsaleves, Leslie Jones, Brian Scofield, Billy Weber
  • Snowden” – Alex Marquez, Lee Percy
  • Swiss Army Man” – Matthew Hannam
  • Trolls” – Nick Fletcher
  • The Witch” – Louise Ford

**=could be pushed back to 2017

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  • I will be livid if Whiplash in fact misses here

  • Luke McGowan

    1. Silence
    2. La La Land
    3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
    4. The Birth of a Nation
    5. Loving

    6. Fences
    7. Rogue One
    8. Arrival
    9. Sully
    10. The Promise

  • Iso Ns

    Loving seems very odd player for film editing to me. Based on the nature of the film I can see noms to all big categories apart from editing.
    Billy Lynn’s is my no1.

  • A war movie frontrunner without an Editing nod? As if.

  • Trevor Pacelli

    A little early for most of these, but doesn’t hurt:

    1. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
    2. La La Land
    3. Silence
    4. Passengers
    5. Deadpool (Seriously, watch it again. It’s edited by the same guy who did “District 9,” and his techniques of laying out the plot are surprisingly top-notch for a comic book movie)

  • Stein-Erik Rutledal

    You think there’s any chance OJ Made in America will make it? It’s a monstrous achievement in editing. LAFCA recognized it.

  • Bryce

    Arrival
    Hacksaw Ridge
    La La Land
    Manchester by the Sea
    Moonlight

    This goes to Moonlight.

  • Deadpool just tied with La La Land for best edited comedy at the Editor’s Guild Awards, so I say it’s a lock in this category.

    1. La La Land
    2. Hacksaw Ridge
    3. Moonlight
    4. Deadpool
    5. Silence

    6. Arrival
    7. Hell or High Water
    8. Sully
    9. Lion
    10. Fences

  • Pokermask

    Here are my predictions for Best Film Editing at the moment:
    Arrival (Joe Walker)
    Hacksaw Ridge (John Gilbert)
    La La Land (Tom Cross)
    Manchester by the Sea (Jennifer Lame)
    Moonlight (Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders)

    Top choice: La La Land

  • Jacques

    Arrival is really the only movie that I thought the film editing was outstanding, it was just done tremendously and definitely deserves at least a nom. Otherwise, I say La La Land is the next best

    • AyeAye

      I agree fully. Arrival’s editing was magnificent (so was its cinematography) and I’d be really angry if it misses out here.

      • Jacques

        Yes! Bradford Young did an incredible job of making this film gorgeous. Villeneuve always makes sure that his cinematographer is on top of things. If Arrival doesn’t win cinematography, my bet is that it will go to La La Land or Silence. Although I haven’t seen Moonlight yet, which also apparently was beautiful

        • AyeAye

          I’ve seen Arrival, La La Land and Moonlight and they do have beautiful cinematography. Although I still believe Arrival should win. I haven’t seen Silence yet (I haven’t had the time yet).

    • I have thought about it more, and I would have to agree that Arrival really did have thoughtful editing. Overall, this was not a good year for this category, so I would have to say that La La Land is the clear winner here.

  • Mangesh Gaikwad

    # Film Editing ::
    1.La La Land

    2.Arrival
    3.Hacksaw Ridge
    4.Moonlight
    &
    5.Manchester by the Sea /Silence / O.J. Made in America

  • Matteo Bordignon

    My final prediction ( no order )

    Arrival
    La La Land
    Manchester by the sea
    Moonlight
    Hell or high water

    Winner: Arrival
    My winner: Arrival