Ace Eddies

  • BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC) – Boyhood, Sandra Adair.
  • BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL) – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
  • BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM – The Lego Movie, David Burrows & Chris McKay
 – Citizenfour, Mathilde Bonnefoy
  • BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION) – The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life, Erik Ewers
    Anthony Boys
  • BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION – True Detective: “Who Goes There”, Affonso Goncalves
  • BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES – Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: “Iran”, Hunter Gross
  • STUDENT EDITING AWARD – Johnny Sepulveda


Beverly Hills, January 30 – “Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.

The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.

“Lego Movie” (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Citizenfour” (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock – His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective – Who Goes There” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, “The Normal Heart” (edited by Adam Penn) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown: Iran” (edited by Hunter Gross) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series. In the Best Edited Documentary (Television) category and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life” (edited by Erik Ewers) took top honors.

The Student Editing Competition winner was Johnny Sepulveda of Video Symphony who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country. Oscar® nominated director of BOYHOOD Richard Linklater presented the award to Sepulveda.

Award-winning filmmaker Frank Marshall received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by Chris Pratt. Marshall joins an impressive list of filmmakers who have received ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Alexander Payne, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner, among others.

Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Diane Adler, ACE and Jerry Greenberg, ACE. Their work was highlighted with clip reels exhibiting their tremendous contributions to film and television throughout their careers. The Robert Wise Award, which has only been presented a few times in the organizations history, was presented to journalist Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter. The Robert Wise Award is presented to a journalist whose work has helped illuminate the craft of editing.

Among the evening’s presenters were Matt Damon, Chris Pratt, Rene Russo, Allen Leech (DOWNTON ABBEY, THE IMITATION GAME), Robin Leach, NIGHTCRAWLER director Dan Gilroy, Jeff Garlin and Amanda Fuller (LAST MAN STANDING). Serving as Master of Ceremonies was actress/comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub.


AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing.

The objectives and purposes of the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.

ACE produces several annual events including EditFest (an international editing festival), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the ACE Eddie Awards, now in its 65th year, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors.

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This weekend, the all important Ace Eddies will be held and two films will win in their individual categories – drama and musical/comedy.

The common wisdom right now is that BOYMAN or BIRDHOOD will prevail – and that Boyhood will win in drama and Birdman in comedy. BUT.

There are some rules that have been consistently true about the Eddies and the Oscars. The first is that no film has ever won Best Picture without an editing nomination since Ordinary People, over 30 years ago.  The second thing is that since the Ace Editors expanded back in 1998 to separate films into drama and comedy/musical, there has never been a film that was in the comedy category and nominated for an Oscar that hasn’t won.

This year the only film from the comedy category to earn an Oscar nod is The Grand Budapest Hotel. History tells us that will win based on what they’ve done in the past. If it doesn’t win, and it goes to the favorite – Birdman – that will be a first in their history.

Thus, I will predict The Grand Budapest Hotel to prevail in the Comedy category but I will also add that 2015 feels like an odd year. Partly because of the wacky way it’s been going and partly because of the dramatic difference in the dates of Oscar ballots and nominations. In some ways it feels like “all bets are off.” Put it this way – Birdman is going to have to be REALLY popular to break those two historical precedents – to win Eddie without a corresponding Oscar nom, and to win Best Picture without a corresponding Oscar nom in editing.  If it manages either or both of these I would expect you have a robust contender on your hands that will likely sweep the season.

The win in the drama category is also going to be interesting.  I don’t know how you don’t give it to Boyhood when you consider what that movie is – and how it leans so heavily on the editor, in this case, one of the few women to be nominated, Sandra Adair. But this, too, will test the popularity of Boyhood on a much larger scale as we head towards the DGA awards. For some reason it seems like the showier editing might upstage Boyhood – particularly American Sniper, which is my prediction to win this award. It’s just a hunch and bears no weight on Boyhood’s potential Best Picture win – it’s just that I have a feeling Sniper is going to win the Eddie and then win the Oscar.

Let it be said again that I would prefer to see Boyhood win this as I think (not being an editor) it deserves it, along with Best Picture.

In documentary I think it could go to Vivian Maier, which has more showy editing than Citizen Four but I can’t not predict CitizenFour and go agains the consensus.

In animated – I think The Lego Movie takes it but honestly, Big Hero 6 has amazing editing…it’s a tossup for me and many are predicting the Boxtrolls.

Final predictions
American Sniper (but I am hoping for Boyhood)
Grand Budapest Hotel (but it could be Birdman)
Citizenfour (watch out for Vivian Maier)
The Lego Movie (but it could really be Big Hero 6)

You tell me what you think?


The Charts


The Ace Eddies
Won Ace | Won Oscar

American Sniper American Sniper
Boyhood Boyhood
Gone Girl
Imitation Game Imitation Game
Whiplash Whiplash
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Inherent Vice
Grand Budapest Hotel Grand Budapest Hotel
Captain Phillips Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave 12 Years a Slave
Gravity Gravity
Her Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr. Banks
American Hustle American Hustle
August: Osage County
Wolf of Wall Street


Argo+ Argo+
Life of Pi* Life of Pi*
Lincoln* Lincoln*
Zero Dark Thirty* Zero Dark Thirty*
Silver Linings Playbook* Silver Linings Playbook*
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables*
Moonrise Kingdom


The Descendants The Descendants*
Hugo Hugo*
Moneyball Moneyball*
War Horse
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Artist  The Artist+
Young Adult
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn


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



American Sniper
Joel Cox, ACE & Gary Roach, ACE

Sandra Adair, ACE

Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter, ACE

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg, ACE

John Gilroy, ACE

Tom Cross

Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione, ACE

Guardians of the Galaxy
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, ACE & Craig Wood, ACE

Into the Woods
Wyatt Smith

Inherent Vice
Leslie Jones, ACE

Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling

Big Hero 6
Tim Mertens

The Boxtrolls
Edie Ichioka, ACE

Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay


Mathilde Bonnefoy

Finding Vivian Maier
Aaron Wickenden

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Elisa Bonora

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey: Standing Up in the Milky Way
John Duffy, ACE, Michael O’Halloran, Eric Lea

Pauly Shore Stands Alone
Troy Takaki, ACE & Joey Vigour

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life
Erik Ewers

Silicon Valley: “Optimal Tip to Tip Efficiency”
Brian Merken & Tim Roche

Veep: “Special Relationship”
Anthony Boys

Transparent: Pilot
Catherine Haight

24: “10pm to 11am”
Scott Powell, ACE

Mad Men: “Waterloo”
Christopher Gay

Madam Secretary: “Pilot”
Elena Maganini, ACE & Michael Ornstein, ACE

Sherlock: “His Last Vow”
Yan Miles

The Good Wife: “A Few Words”
Scott Vickrey, ACE

True Detective: “Who Goes There”
Affonso Goncalves

True Detective: “The Secret Fate of All Life”
Alex Hall

House of Cards: “Chapter 14”
Byron Smith

Fargo “Buridan’s Ass”
Regis Kimble

Olive Kitteridge: “A Different Road”
Jeffrey M. Werner, ACE

The Normal Heart
Adam Penn

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: “Iran”
Hunter Gross

Deadliest Catch: “Lost At Sea”
Josh Earl, ACE & Johnny Bishop

Vice: “Greenland is Melting & Bonded Labor”
Joe Langford & Nick Carew


Best Edited Feature Drama
Captain Philips, Christopher Rouse

Best Edited Feature Comedy/Musical
American Hustle Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten

Best Edited Animated Feature
Frozen, Jeff Draheim

Best Edited Documentary
20 Feet from Stardom, Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes

Golden Eddie Award
Paul Greengrass

Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV
Behind the Candelabra, Mary Ann Bernard

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Tonight’s Ace Eddie awards (Editors Guild) will test the power of Gravity – does it have massive pull to continue to dominate this awards season? That will show up tonight when the editors hand out their prize.  DGA + Eddie is a powerful combination, as is SAG ensemble + Eddie if American Hustle wins in the comedy category.   Gravity is expected to win tonight – should any other film win in the drama department that could mean Best Picture really is up in the air.

But when was the last time a film won Best Picture without a screenplay or a SAG ensemble nod?  It has never happened in the history of the Screen Actors Guild, going back to 1995.  The only film to win Best Picture without a SAG ensemble nod was Braveheart.  These are some of the ways a Gravity win would mark a significant break with history where stats are concerned.  Last year’s Argo win broke one of the biggest stats — looking back over the last few years The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s editing win at the Oscars was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen, meaning, in a year with nine nominees and a preferential ballot, the film that wins editing wasn’t even nominated for Picture.

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  • 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker
  • Captain Phillips, Chris Rouse, A.C.E.
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger
  • Her, Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E. & Jeff Buchanan
  • Saving Mr. Banks, Mark Livolsi, A.C.E.


  • American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.  
  • August: Osage County, Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E.
  •  Inside Llewyn Davis, Roderick Jaynes
  • Nebraska, Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.

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Tomorrow, the Editors Guild announce their nominees.  The Eddie is so intertwined with Best Picture that it’s nearly impossible to win without having an Eddie nod.  The editors nomination at the Oscars is also crucial to the Best Picture win, almost even more than director (not quite) or screenplay.

Predictions for the Eddie fall into two categories – drama and comedy/musical.  You probably aren’t going to see many surprises. I’m not sure if they will divide up the comedies the same way they did for the Globe. But I’ll assume that they will.

Best guess for drama:

12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr. Banks, Rush or Philomena

Comedy/musical is likely to look like:
American Hustle
Wolf of Wall Street
Inside Llewyn Davis (although it’s tricky with the Coens)

The charts:
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ACE Eddie Winners:

  • ARGO, Best Edited Feature Drama, William Goldenberg
  • SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Best Edited Feature Comedy, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
  • SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Best Edited Documentary, Malik Bendjelloul
  • BRAVE, Best Edited Animated Feature, Nicholas C. Smith

CAS Winners:

  • Les Miserables – Sound Mixing, Live Action
  • Brave – Sound Mixing, Animated:

Full list of ACE Eddiewinners in all categories, after the cut.

Nominees for both after the cut. You can also enter our contest for WGA.

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Last year’s recipient, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, which also won editing. However, Argo is expected to win the Eddie. Michael Kahn himself has received the Golden Eddie.

Award winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 16, 2013 .

“Steven Spielberg is a cinematic treasure,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “For over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling. As one of the most successful directors in history, he has brought us beloved films, which have not only delighted us but have been indelibly woven into our cultural fabric. Throughout it all, he has worked side by side with the great Michael Kahn, A.C.E., forming a director-editor partnership that has lasted decades. It is our pleasure to recognize him with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor, especially in a year where he has, once again, created a masterpiece with his latest film, Lincoln.”

Bravo, Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Kahn. Well deserved accolade.



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.

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  • Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
  • The Fighter, Pamela Martin
  • Inception, Lee Smith, A.C.E.
  • The King‚Äôs Speech, Tariq Anwar
  • The Social Network, Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter


  • Alice in Wonderland, Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.
  • Easy A, Susan Littenberg
  • The Kids Are All Right, Jeffrey M. Werner
  • Made in Dagenham, Michael Parker
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss

Animated and Documentaries after the cut. (Thanks, PaulH!)

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The editing master, Dede Allen, has passed way at 86 years old. In an obit in the LA Times, Bonnie and Clyde director Arthur Penn said of Allen:

“She was just an extraordinary collaborator, and in the course of editing that film, I came to develop confidence in Dede … Indeed, she wasn’t an editor, she was a constructionist.”

The Times says of Allen:

Allen was the first film editor — male or female — to receive sole credit on a movie for her work. The honor came with “Bonnie and Clyde,” a film in which Allen raised the level of her craft to an art form that was as seriously discussed as cinematography or even directing.

Allen departed from the standard Hollywood way of cutting — making smooth transitions starting with wide shots establishing place and characters and going on to medium shots and finally close-ups — by beginning with close-ups or jump cuts. Although these editing methods had been pioneered by the French new wave and some British directors, Allen is generally credited with being the first to use and shape them in American film.

Dede Allen was nominated most recently for Wonder Boys. Though I had just started blogging Oscar then she was not on my radar, nor anyone else’s. Wonder Boys was up against Traffic for editing and being that Traffic was the stronger Best Pic contender, it had the easy edge. Combine that with the fact that Traffic was the strong Best Picture contender to take that award, and maybe it deserved it. Allen was nominated only for Reds and Dog Day Afternoon.

She should have been nominated for editing The Hustler and Bonnie and Clyde.

I was planning on leaving this alone but the web chatter, and even a Facebook page dedicated to what will no doubt go down as a race similar to Star Wars vs. Annie Hall. What I can abide is the phony uproar reaching a fever pitch online.

It’s because she’s a woman!
It’s because they wanted to tell Jim Cameron to eff off!
It’s because of all the divorced wives out there!

How much more insulting can they possibly be?¬† The truth is that Avatar made a lot of money and a lot of people really loved it. Great. Good for Avatar. Good for the public. One big happy party, right? No, because on top of $700,000,000 domestic and $2 billion internationally, they also had to have a whole bunch of Oscars. Not Jim Cameron, he doesn’t care — and in fact, he cheered Bigelow, his one-time collaborator, to whom he has functioned mentor, on. But the fans needed to win the Oscar in order to …. validate their feelings?

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Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker!
Mini-Series: Grey Gardens
Best Sound Mixing for Television Series: Mad Men

The awards are happening now.

Someone asked what the difference was between the Cinema Audio Society and the Motion Picture Sound Editors awards. One is for Sound Mixing (CAS) and the other is for Sound Effects Editing. Generally speaking, the MPSE has matched up pretty closely with Oscar. Not sure why this is. Maybe it’s due to members in other branches skipping that award while the members of the Sound branch vote. The CAS doesn’t have as reliable a match.

Avatar is expected to take tonight’s award, and probably the Oscar.

Reader David Hanks sent in this bit of detective work, from

History will be made regardless of who wins – but here is another group of stats to consider. The big change this year is the preferential ballot and the ten nominees for Best Picture. Nonetheless–

When the Director’s Guild (DG) winner AND one of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) winners AND one of the Writers Guild (WG) winners are ALL given awards for the same film, that film has been named Best Picture 7 of 7 times (100%) during the last 48 years (1961-2008). [Best Picture winners in bold]

2008 – Slumdog Millionaire – Danny Boyle (DG)
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire – Chris Dickens (ACE)
2008 – Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy (WG)

2006 – The Departed – Martin Scorsese (DG)
2006 – The Departed – Thelma Schoonmaker (ACE)
2006 – The Departed – William Monahan (WG)

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Best Editing, Drama: The Hurt Locker
Best Editing, Comedy: The Hangover
Best Editing, Documentary: The Cove
Best Editing, Animated Feature: Up
Best Editing, Miniseries: Grey Gardens
Best Editing, Drama Series: Dexter
Best Editing, Comedy Series: 30 Rock

Waiting on the American Cinema Editors Guild to announce their big winners for the evening. Should come in a couple of hours or less, that’s around 10pm California time. Ace preview is here.

The American Cinema Editor (ACE) will hand out their awards this weekend. The ACE Eddie is the right up there with the SAG ensemble for being kind of a barometer of overall Academy taste.¬† What I’ve found in looking over ACE vs. Oscar history is that the nominees for editing matter more than what film wins editing. A Best Picture winner almost always has an editing nomination. It is more rare, though, for a film to win without any writing or any acting nominations than it is for the film to be missing an editing nod.

But the Eddies can often be slightly different from the Oscars. The winner of one of the categories tends to win the Oscar for editing, but not always.  You can judge for yourselves on the charts below.

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It’s worth noting, at this stage of the game, that only one film has hit every marker necessary to win Best Picture. Does that mean that The Hurt Locker is the only film that can win Best Picture? No. Most are predicting that Avatar will win the Golden Globe for Best Picture tomorrow and that may have an effect. Avatar will likely win the Producers Guild, while The Hurt Locker will the Directors Guild and probably the Writers Guild (Inglourious Basterds is not eligible). But The Hurt Locker has:

Los Angeles Film Critics, New York Film Critics, National Society of Film Critics, Broadcast Film Critics
Sag Ensemble
Writers Guild
Directors Guild
Producers Guild
Editors Guild

Inglourious Basterds is missing the Editors Guild nod. Avatar and Up in the Air are missing the SAG ensemble nod. Make of it what you will, but as we head into the race, only one film has hit them all. The only marker it hasn’t hit is … the money.

Where did we leave off? I think we’d gotten through Screenplay. Now we’re on to the more important categories. Just kidding. How can you tell a true Oscar watcher from a fair weather one? The true Oscar watcher really cares about who will win Sound Effects Editing.

Best Editing
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire
On the 15th the Ace Eddies will announce their winner for this year’s big prize. Two days later the Oscar ballots will be turned in. It’s probable that the editors will have chosen the same film that will win the Oscar. I think Slumdog Millionaire will win this. And if not Slumdog it will probably be The Dark Knight.

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Reader Andrew points out:

Slumdog is making history here. What are the only 2 other movies to win Golden Globe (Best Picture- Drama), Critics Choice, SAG ensemble, PGA and DGA???

Lord of the Rings Return of the King and American Beauty, both of which also won BAFTA. Chicago won Golden Globe BP (Musical or Comedy) and the other awards but lost the BAFTA.

Probably Slumdog will, when all is said and done, win more than Beauty. Return of the King has to still top the charts with the most total wins across the board. Is anyone counting?

Let’s look at the year in campaigning and explore why Slumdog took the lead and triumphed so spectacularly.

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