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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Oscar Series: Best Editing

Achievement in Film Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum, Christopher Rouse
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Juliette Welfling
Into the Wild, Jay Cassidy
No Country for Old Men, Roderick Jaynes
There Will Be Blood, Dylan Tichenor

Is there a more important technical category than film editing? If so, please let me know. Many people believe that editing is what makes a good movie, great. There is also a thought that editing can save a bad movie. Regardless, this category is always an important one on Oscar night. This year should be no different.

Let's look a couple things real quick. If you look at the last two decades, Best Editing and Best Picture have lined up 10/17 times. Including 4/7 this decade, 4/5 the last five, and the last two years.

Let's look at something else. The movie that won the Eddie has gone 9/10 in the last ten years and 6/7 this decade. The only miss was in 2000. Eddie went to Gladiator and the Oscar went to Traffic. This year, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the only Oscar nominee without an Eddie nom. Oh no.

Christopher Rouse for The Bourne Ultimatum is one of two nominees this year with a previous nomination ('06 with United 93). This is one of the few movies I didn't see this year (I actually haven't seen any of the Bourne movies). Anyway, here's what I know. It's the first film in the trilogy to get any Oscar nominations, which I believe has never been done before. The question becomes whether people will back this movie. It's the only real action movie of the bunch, so that could help it. This is the one film to watch out for in this race as an upset.

Juliette Wlefling for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly has the biggest mountain to climb. No Eddie nomination. That worries me a ton. The odd part is that the Eddie awards are split with drama in one category and comedy/musical in the other. Juliette is one of the three first time nominees in this race. I just look at this movie and I don't like its chances in this category. A win here would be a huge upset only due to the historical importance of the Eddie and the Best Editing Oscar.

Jay Cassidy for Into the Wild is another first time nominee. I'm a little worried about no support within the Academy for this film (only other nomination was for Hal Holbrook). Considering it's going against some giants in this category, it needs the Eddie win bad.

Roderick Jaynes for No Country for Old Men is easily in the oddest spot of any Oscar nominee this year. Why? Because it's the Coen brothers. Yes, it's a pseudonym (I'm guessing because of guild rules or something of that nature). This is their second nomination ('96 with Fargo). As I stated earlier in this post, the editing Oscar usually is a good indicator for Best Picture. So, naturally No Country is the favorite to win this award. My question is whether the Coens can actually win the grand slam all by themselves? They're nominated for Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Editing. I'm going to look into this further after the Eddie awards, but it's a legitimate question to ask.

In the past, films have capture the grand slam, but it is usually split up. Even people such as Warren Beatty and Orson Welles have been nominated for the slam (replace Editor with Actor), but they lost every category besides Best Director and Screenplay, respectively. The funny part of this whole scenario from what I read is that if the Coens win Best Editing, the Academy will only give them one Oscar that reads Roderick Jaynes. I found that rather funny.

Dylan Tichenor for There Will Be Blood is somewhat of a wild card in this race. Could he benefit from people wanting to give Blood some love? Or what about people wanting to spread the love to different films and not give the Coens everything? It's very possible. Dylan is a first time nominee, but he has been around. He's been Anderson's editor since Boogie Nights. He's also edited Brokeback Mountain. There's an epic quality to Blood that is unmatched this year and I personally think the edit on this film is very tight for it being close to three hours. That's something to really look at.

This category really will come together after the Eddie awards. I'll post the winners when I find them out. Whatever film comes out on top has to be in the best position to win the Oscar. Yeah, history isn't always the best way to go, but at least it gives you a guideline as to what films have legit shots to win.

Check back tomorrow as I look at another Oscar category...

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