The Descendants
Kevin Tent, A.C.E.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.

Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.

Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

War Horse
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.



The Artist
Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius

William Kerr & Michael L. Sale

Midnight in Paris
Alisa Lepselter

My Week with Marilyn
Adam Recht

Young Adult
Dana E. Glauberman, A.C.E.



The Adventures of Tintin
Michael Kahn, A.C.E. 

Puss in Boots
Eric Dapkewicz

Craig Wood, A.C.E. 



Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Mister Softee”
Roger Nygard 

Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

Modern Family: “Express Christmas”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.



Breaking Bad: “End Times”
Kelley Dixon

Breaking Bad: “Face Off”
Skip MacDonald

Friday Night Lights: “Always”
Angela M. Catanzaro

 The Good Wife: “Real Deal”
Hibah Frisina, A.C.E.

The Walking Dead: “Save the Last One”
Hunter Via, A.C.E.



Boardwalk Empire: “To the Lost”
Tim Streeto

Game of Thrones: “Baelor”
Frances Parker, A.C.E.

Homeland: “Pilot”
Jordan Goldman, David Latham



Cinema Verite
Sarah Flack, A.C.E. & Robert Pulcini

Downton Abbey, Episode 1.1
John Wilson, A.C.E.

Mildred Pierce, Part 1
Affonso Gonçalves & Camilla Toniolo


Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Joe Bini & Maya Hawke 

Freedom Riders
Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
David Tedeschi



Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations: “Haiti”
Eric Lasby

 Beyond Scared Straight :”Chowchilla”
Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Heather Abell, Audrey
Capotosta, Maura Corey, Jeremy Gantz & Molly Shock

Whale Wars: “Race to Save Lives”
Eric Myerson, Pete Ritchie & Josh Crockett

The Charts

The Social Network The Social Network*
The King’s Speech The King’s Speech+
Black Swan Black Swan*
Inception* 127 Hours*
The Fighter The Fighter*
Alice in Wonderland
Easy A
The Kids Are All Right*
Made in Dagenam
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World


The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker+
Avatar Avatar*
District 9 District 9*
Star Trek Inglourious Basterds*
Up in the Air* Precious+
The Hangover
500 Days of Summer
A Serious Man*
It’s Complicated
Julia & Julia


Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire+
Milk Milk*
Benjamin Button Benjamin Button*
Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon*
The Dark Knight The Dark Knight
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Tropic Thunder
Vicky Cristina Barcelona


The Bourne Ultimatum The Bourne Ultimatum
Into the Wild Into the Wild
Michael Clayton* Diving Bell
No Country for Old Men* No Country for Old Men+
There Will Be Blood* There Will Be Blood*
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
Sweeney Todd


Babel* Babel*
Casino Royale Children of Men
The Departed* The Departed+
The Queen* Blood Diamond
United 93 United 93
Thank You for Smoking
The Devil Wears Prada
Little Miss Sunshine*
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest


Brokeback Mountain* Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener The Constant Gardener
Crash+ Crash+
Good Night, and Good Luck*
Munich* Munich*
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
The Family Stone
Pride & Prejudice
Wedding Crashers
Walk the Line Walk the Line


Collateral Collateral
Finding Neverland* Finding Neverland*
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Million Dollar Baby* Million Dollar Baby+
The Aviator * The Aviator*
Eternal Sunshine
The Incredibles
Ray* Ray*


Cold Mountain Cold Mountain
Master and Commander* Master and Commander*
Mystic River* City of God
The Return of the King+ The Return of the King+
Seabiscuit* Seabiscuit*
Bend It Like Beckham
Finding Nemo
Lost in Translation*
Pirates of the Caribbean
School of Rock


The Hours* The Hours*
Gangs of New York* Gangs of New York*
About Schmidt
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Lord of the Rings: Two Towers *
Minority Report The Pianist*
About a Boy
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Chicago+ Chicago+
Punch-Drunk Love


A Beautiful Mind + A Beautiful Mind+
Hawk Down
Hawk Down
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s
The Lord of the Rings: The
Fellowship of the Ring*
Lord of the Rings*
Memento Memento
Gosford Park *
Monsters, Inc.
Rouge! *
Moulin Rouge*
The Royal Tenenbaums


Billy Elliot Wonder Boys
Cast Away
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon* Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*
Gladiator+ Gladiator+
Traffic* Traffic*
Film Editing – Musical or Comedy
Almost Famous Almost Famous
Best In Show
Chocolat *
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Shanghai Noon


American Beauty + American Beauty*
The Insider* The Insider*
The Matrix The Matrix
The Sixth Sense * The Sixth Sense*
The Talented Mr. Ripley The Cider House Rules*
Film Editing – Musical or Comedy
Analyze This
Being John Malkovich
Man On the Moon
Run Lola Run


Out Of Sight Out Of Sight
Shakespeare In Love + Shakespeare In Love+
The Thin Red Line * The Thin Red Line*
Saving Private
Ryan *
Saving Private
The Horse Whisperer Life Is Beautiful*


Air Force One Air Force One
As Good As It Gets * As Good As It Gets*
Good Will Hunting * Good Will Hunting*
L. A. Confidential * L. A. Confidential*
Titanic+ Titanic+


The English Patient+ The English Patient+
Evita Evita
Fargo * Fargo*
Shine * Shine*
The Rock Jerry Maguire*


Braveheart+ Braveheart+
Apollo 13 * Apollo 13*
Crimson Tide Crimson Tide
The Usual Suspects Babe*
Casino Se7en

Comprehensive Chart:

Won ACE | Won Oscar

*Nominated for Best Picture

+Won Best Picture

-Won ACE/Oscar for editing but not nominated
for Best Pic

Check out the seven year
streak from 1990 on.

2005: Crash/Walk the Line Crash+
2004: The Aviator/Ray* The Aviator*
2003: Return of the King/Pirates of the Caribbean Return of the King+
2002: Gangs of New York*/Chicago Chicago+
2001: Black Hawk Down/Moulin Rouge* Black Hawk Down
2000: Gladiator/Almost Famous Traffic*
1999: The
Matrix/Being John Malkovich
The Matrix-
1998: Saving
Private Ryan
Saving Private
1997: Titanic Titanic+
1996: The
English Patient
The English
1995: Braveheart Braveheart+
1994: Forrest
Forrest Gump+
1993: Schindler’s
1991: Unforgiven Unforgiven+
1990: Dances
With Wolves
Dances With
1989: Glory Born on the
Fourth of July*
1988: Mississippi
Who Framed
Roger Rabbit-
1987: The
Last Emperor
Last Emperor+
1986: Platoon Platoon+
1985: Witness Witness*
1984: Amadeus+ The Killing
1983: War
The Right
1982: Gandhi Gandhi+
1981: Raiders
of the Lost Ark
Raiders of
the Lost Ark*
1980: Raging
Raging Bull
1979: All
That Jazz
All That Jazz*
1978: The
Deer Hunter+
Deer Hunter+
1977: The
Turning Point+
Star Wars*
1976: Rocky Rocky+
1975: Jaws Jaws*
1974: The
Longest Yard-
Towering Inferno*
1973: The
1972: Cabaret Cabaret*
1971: Summer
of ’42-
1970: Patton+ Patton+
1969: Hello
1968: Bullit- Bullit-
1967: The
Dirty Dozen-
the Heat of the Night+
1966: Fantastic
Grand Prix-
1965: Sound
of Music
of Music+
1964: Mary
Mary Poppins*
1963: How
the West Was Won
How the West
Was Won*
1962: The
Longest Day
of Arabia+
1961: The Parent Trap West
Side Story+
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  • Matt Neglia

    Go TGWTDT!!!

  • Chris

    So a field of 8 for Best Picture this year with all the Dramatic nominees here (Moneyball, Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Descendants and War Horse) plus Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris and The Artist? Where does that leave The Help?

  • Daveylow

    That hilarious comedy My Week with Marilyn! When The Descendants is actually funnier.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    The Help could get in without the Editing nom. It’s expected. Actors would push it through. Of course, its chances of winning are zero.

  • JP

    Of course The Help is in for Best Picture.

    It will probably be a 8-film field this year and the editing category should be the dramatic nominees here with the exception of The Descendants and the inclusion of The Help.

  • Adam Lewis

    Yay – Warhorse!

  • steve50

    Moneyball hangs in there and Dragon Tattoo remains a force with the guilds. Two of the four best-edited films this year, IMO.

    Only The Artist is a shoo-in.

  • Sasha Stone

    That hilarious comedy My Week with Marilyn! When The Descendants is actually funnier.

    Good lord, how did the Weinstein co. ever get away with THAT.

  • The Help doesn’t need an editing nod, not here nor from the Academy. Its Best Picture chances are secure, provided that there are at least six nominees. It could make it in with five, too. Indeed, it could even sneak a Best Editing Oscar nod. The editing branch have made some shite choices recently – Precious’ nomination, and leaving Inception off >:(

    I disagree with you, though, Tero. I think it could yet win Best Picture. It’d be one hell of a shock, but I think it still has a chance.

  • Daveylow

    The Help would be a shoo-in if those maids had lived in LA instead of the South.

  • Sasha Stone

    Yay – Warhorse!

    I think this is a sign that it’s probably in for Best Pic even without DGA.

  • Proman

    Congratulations on the two most deserving nods to the greatest film editor of all times – Michael Kahn! Total respect!

  • Koleś

    Go Thelma!!!

  • Pat

    Boo War Horse! I would have agreed with this nom had Kahn clicked ‘Delete file’. (However…)

    Would have liked to see Contagion, Warrior, or Martha Marcy there instead.

  • Drew

    Sasha, I haven’t seen MWWM, but I’m willing to bet they added a couple of muscal numbers from the Monroe Olivier flick just to be considered in the seperate category.

  • Sasha Stone

    Would have liked to see Contagion, Warrior, or Martha Marcy there instead.

    They are decidedly mainstream this year, it’s true…. I think Drive, Take Shelter, Tree of Life would have all been good choices. Rise of the Planet of the Apes too….

  • steve50

    “I think Drive, Take Shelter, Tree of Life would have all been good choices.”

    Absolutely. I was going to mention Drive and Tree of Life, but didn’t want to start anything (you are braver than I, obviously)

  • Lenny

    Definitely agree with you Sasha that War Horse’s nomination here pretty much assures it’s very much still in the race. Dragon Tattoo now has everything it needs to seal a Best Picture nomination. The question becomes…will the Academy bite? The Artist will most surely replace one of the nominees in the Drama category here on Oscar morning, probably Moneyball if I had to guess. This would leave me to prognosticate the following nominees for Best Film Editing

    The Artist
    The Descendants
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    War Horse

    Moneyball could obviously still be one of the five. It depends on how much they loved the film and if they really wanna push the Brad Pitt Best Actor win this year. As for The Help, the lack of an Eddie nomination obviously doesn’t mean it’s dead in the water. The strength of that film anyway is its performances. However, the lack of an Editing nomination on Oscar morning will make it very difficult for The Help to win Best Picture.

  • Daveylow

    Hmm…I think The Descendants could be overlooked for editing when the Oscar nominations are announced.

  • Craig Z

    Sasha, I think War Horses chances of being nominated are dependant on how many nominees there are. If there are less than 8 it may not. It there is 8 or more it probably will.

    Unless they decide that they like War Horse more than Moneyball. I see the ranking as this (the rankings of numbers 2-4 don’t really matter. They are all in.)

    1. The Artist
    2. Hugo
    3. The Descendants
    4. Midnight in Paris
    5. The Help
    6. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    7. Moneyball
    8. War Horse
    9. Bridesmaids
    10. Who knows?(between Tree of Life, Tinker Tailer, Ides of March, My Week With Marylin, Drive. Probably not gonna be this many nominees so whatever)

    4 Mi

  • steve50

    We’re forgetting the passion-factor of preferential voting. I doubt there will be more than 6 nominees, if that comes into play, and some perceived leaders could be left out in the cold if they only manage to place 3rd or 4th on most ballots.

  • Craig Z

    Yeah Steve but it is really hard to guess which film will get 1st place votes and which ones will not. We don’t know exactly how the Academy thinks so we just kind of have to go by the precursers for now.

  • Beth Stevens

    Moneyball is far more deserving of an editing nom than The Descendants, but that probably won’t matter to AMPAS.

    Nice to see Dragon Tattoo turning up again. Also Midnight in Paris, which was well edited. Can it sneak in for the Oscar editing nom?

    In a just world, Thelma should win this.

  • Sasha Stone

    Sasha, I haven’t seen MWWM, but I’m willing to bet they added a couple of muscal numbers from the Monroe Olivier flick just to be considered in the seperate category.

    Yeah that’s true enough I guess. You could buy it as a musical perhaps. The Artist too.

  • Craig Z

    Beth, I think it is crazy that we are finally getting a Thelma Schoonmacher vs Michael Kahn showdown. Two legends with three Oscars each and the go to ACE’s of Scorcese and Spielberg, respectively. If either of them win they will be the new record holder for most Oscars by an editor.

    And yes in a just world Thelma would win this one but they are both legends, the only working editor I hold in higher regard than either of those two is Petro Scalia.

  • Craig Z

    Pitty that when they have their showdown that this isn’t exactly Kahn’s best movie though…. his work was stellar in a les than stellar movie. Though but I would have loved it to be a Scorcese masterpiece(Hugo is) vs a Spielberg masterpiece(War Horse isn’t) but oh well.

  • steve50

    Yes, impossible to guess, Craig. Call me naive, but I’m really hoping for some blocks of strategic voting for a couple of underdogs perceived to be out of the race.

  • Craig Z

    Me too Steve, I’m praying for some Drive love but…..alas. Sometimes naivity makes the race more bareable. Good thing for me two of my three favorites is very much in the race (Hugo and Midnight in Paris). So I don’t have to cling to hope too badly for my underdog choices.

  • dh

    When a film receives a Director’s Guild (DG) nomination AND an American Cinema Editors (ACE) nomination AND a Writers Guild (WG) nomination, that film has been nominated for Best Picture 105 of 117 times (89.7%) during the last 50 years (1961-2010).
    The Descendants – Alexander Payne (DGA), Kevin Tent (ACE), Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (WGA)
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher (DGA), Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter (ACE), Steven Zaillian (WGA)
    Hugo – Martin Scorsese (DGA), Thelma Schoonmaker (ACE), John Logan (WGA)
    Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen (DGA), Alisa Lepselter (ACE), Woody Allen (WGA)

    Additionally, (probably) the only reason The Artist isn’t on this list is because it was ineligible for the WGA Award. Pretty much everyone agrees that it will be nominated for Best Picture … which means that statistically, these four films (plus The Artist) have a 90% chance of being nominated for best picture:
    The Artist – Michel Hazanavicus (DGA), Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius (ACE), [ineligible] (WGA)
    The Descendants – Alexander Payne (DGA), Kevin Tent (ACE), Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (WGA)
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher (DGA), Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter (ACE), Steven Zaillian (WGA)
    Hugo – Martin Scorsese (DGA), Thelma Schoonmaker (ACE), John Logan (WGA)
    Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen (DGA), Alisa Lepselter (ACE), Woody Allen (WGA)

    Lots of people are saying there will likely be eight nominees for Best Picture which would leave three slots open. Now, the questions are:
    1. Which films are fighting for the remaining slots)?
    2. How many films will get at least 5% of the first place votes on the nomination ballot?

    A formula for determining Best Picture nominees
    (DGA, ACE, WGA correlations)

  • Beth Stevens

    Craig, we probably won’t have the fun of a new record for Schoonmaker or Kahn, since it looks like Bion/Hazanavicius are winning the Oscar.


  • Craig Z

    Yeah Beth, safe money says your right but I still think there is a chance for the other two.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    You guys realize Bridesmaids have literally snatch nods from almost every major guild except DGA, ACS??(PGA,WGA,SAG,ACE) Wow, maybe it will become one of the best picture nominations.

  • Jason B

    Really, no Tree of Life? It was probably the most effective editing of the year (except the “I give you my son” bit).

  • Heath87

    Sorry…sort of OT:

    Will the Baftas annnouce tomorrow their nominees??

  • Sasha Stone

    Wow, maybe it will become one of the best picture nominations.

    Looking pretty good, eh?

  • Dominik

    As happy as I am about “Dragon Tattoo” getting as much attention (to provide us from too much saccharine this year), but it would all feel wrong to me if the Academy snubs Rooney Mara. She IS the film, in my book!

  • Craig Z

    I realize that about Bridesmaids Robert, that’s why I listed it as ninth for the moment.

  • KJBacon

    The Descendants was the most perfectly paced movie of the year.

  • Craig Z

    I can’t really see bridesmaids cracking the top 7 at the moment but 8 or 9 is possible

  • Nily

    yay TGWTDT!
    Still afraid to celebrate yet;))) dont think it will get Bafta love ((

    & Young Adult!!!!

  • RobertlowercaseA

    CraigZ, you never know about the Oscar voters sometimes.
    I am not saying Bridesmaids is a shoo in to get in, but it got so many major nominations from major guilds. Actors, writers, producers nominated it, and now editors, so I would not be a bit surprised if Bridesmaids shocked the hell out of a lot of people who are biased against comedies on the 24th.
    It will be nice to see TGWTDT getting in again, so far it has hit every guild too. PGA, WGA, and the fucking DGA!!!, and now ACE.
    I think this is my realistic prediction for best picture nominations.
    The Artist
    The Descendant
    The Help
    Money Ball
    The Girl With A Dragon Tatoo
    Midnight in Paris
    And NGNG

    Yeah, I agree, Bridesmaids is borderline though, but I would not be surprised if it got in, like I said.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Yup, it looks pretty good for Bridesmaids so far, ACE nod doesn’t hurt at all.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    I think the ACE winner will be The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, and The Artist..

  • Pete

    The failure in this category may tank the chances of The Help. It is a feel good movie for guilt ridden people, so bad it is embarrassing.

  • Daveylow

    RobertlowercaseA–you forgot Hugo, there is no way it is missing a best picture nomination.

  • @Peter wish a few sequels were nominated in the film categories

  • Joao Mattos

    No “Tree of Life”. Deep sigh……

    Honestly? With all this support “Girl Dragon Tatoo” and “Bridesmaids” are shoein for a nomination for Best Picture. I have no doubt.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    @Davey,oops, you are right, I forgot about Hugo!
    @Sclub and Joao
    I am sorry, HP8 and the TOL are out of the race.

  • Joao Mattos

    RobertlowercaseA, oh yeah, “Tree” is out, but I had the hope of at least one or two nominations besides Cinematography (because there is no way it won’t be nominated there). Right now, none. It won’t happen.

  • Julian the emperor

    When specific film editors are referred to as “legends” you know you are on a movie awards site…;)

  • RobertlowercaseA

    I think Tree of Life will probably get a cinematography nomination, but it is going to be hard for it to snatch major nods though.

  • Joao Mattos

    Hummmm, I just remember something about “Tree” editing credits: only Mark Yoshikawa is credited on the poster (pretty sure about that) and on the movie (can’t remember precisely). But Malick used other four editors through the years. Maybe ACE has a problem with that and “Tree” was not eligible?

  • Matt Neglia

    Oscar predictions for editing.
    The Artist
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    War Horse

  • murtaza

    what a shame, these are despicable nominees, war horse and moneyball for editing, it’s insane when they had options like drive and tree of life to nominate. i hope academy announces better nominees than this.

  • murtaza

    to all those people who are celebrating TGWDT nomination and think it’ll score well at oscars, let me remind you dark knight (a better film than this) was also nominated for all guilds but sadly no major nomination in oscars. then into the wild (also a better film) was nominated in all guilds but again no oscar nomination.
    TGWDT has no support except nomination in guilds.
    not to mention, dark knight at least had heath ledger getting nominations and winning everywhere where the film itself was kicked out, and here rooney mara only has GG nomination which also might be because they had to select ten (they separate drama n comedy).

  • murtaza

    since now we have more slots open for best picture unlike 2007 n 2008, TGWDT might get in for best picture, but for others still not predictable.

  • Rashad

    The calvary charge with the cutting between the yelling soldiers, to the silent riderless horses, was the best sequence of the year in film.

    Kahn should win the Oscar for the amazing transitions in Tintin though.

  • alan of montreal

    wow, they really like to give the TV categories short shrift, don’t they?

  • Fielding

    Once again, Midnight in Paris is one of the top 3 Best Picture contenders.

  • Jake G.!

    War Horse is safely secured into the Best Picture race, THANK GOD:) I love that movie! I think the Best Pic rankings go:
    1)The Artist
    2)The Descendants(psshht i dont know why its so highly ranked)
    4)The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    5)War Horse
    6)Midnight in Paris
    7)The Help(barely holding on, can it really get enough number one votes?)

    Out of Competition:
    8)Moneyball(hopefully they take this one out of the race, its just not that good)
    9)The Tree of Life

  • alfred

    I would put Moneyball and The Help above Dragon Tattoo and War Horse. But that first 8 is very likely.

  • Elton Almeida

    non-US folks, do you love “Moneyball” as much as most of the Americans? I find it’s a nice movie, Pitt really has a solid performance, the rythm is right, it has a nice superation story, but, for me, that’s not a notable movie, just a good and correct one. And I was really disappointed with Miller. I think his work in “Capote” is genius, even more if you consider that it’s his first motion picture, and I didn’t saw 50% of his capacity in “Moneyball”. Now, I don’t know if the movie didn’t meant so much too me cuz I’m not American and baseball it’s not something in my life and in my country’s life and History. Foreing guys, what about you?

  • James

    BP nominees:
    The Artist
    The Descendants
    Midnight in Paris
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    The Help
    War Horse
    The Tree of Life (I insist!)

    For director, Spielberg will replace one of the DGA nominees, but it’s not going to be Fincher.

  • Not a bad list of editors.

    There are a couple of omissions, however, that I think should have been included: the editor for “Beginners” and the editors for “Drive”.

    I was thrilled to see “Moneyball” and “My Week With Marilyn” recognized in editing.

    Well deserved nominations for these two films in this cateogry.

  • Chris

    I found Moneyball dull and bloated. I was dumbfounded at the use of archival footage instead of recreating moments with the actors cast. I didn’t find it had enough details for me to understand the situation (since I’m not a big baseball fan) and didn’t contain enough performing (showing me someone “thinking” isn’t acting) for me to care.

    And I’m Canadian, if that makes a difference.

  • daniella

    Sooo happy to see Young Adult!!!

  • writing_me

    Congratulations, Young Adult! Sad to say, but it looks like Theron won’t be getting an Oscar nom. How disappointing. 🙁

  • Zooey

    I still believe that the directing category will include both David Fincher and Terrence Mallick. Mallick needs his obsessive fans and there should be some at the Academy. It’s even possible for Mallick to get into the final five with the film being snubbed in picture (with even 7 or 8 nominees). If you think about 2001, I believe Shrek, Black Hawk Down and even Memento would have been ahead of Mulholland Drive. And if you think about the next year, Almodovar got into the final five, but I believe Adaptation, Far From Heaven, About Schmidt and maybe even My Big Fat Greek Wedding got more votes for picture. The directors could easily surprise. It’s about time. The last two years we had really boring best directing categories, especially the best most boring one ever (the 2009 race). In terms of the editing category, there’s usually one film that gets snubbed here and still gets into the final five the Academy comes up with. I believe it’s going to be Drive. For now I’d say:

    The Artist
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    And why no real buzz for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY? I loved the editing!

  • Mark F.

    I liked “The Help,” but it’s hard to believe dozens of Oscar voters will put it at Number 1 on their ballots. It may well be snubbed.

  • Raleigh St. Clair

    So does The Artist knock out Moneyball? Or will it replace The Descendants, officially eliminating its shot at Best Picture? My guess is that we’ll see:

    – The Artist
    – The Descendants
    – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    – Hugo
    – War Horse

    But I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Moneyball over Descendants.

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