2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Film Editing

The heavy weight editing contender is Dunkirk, which should be guaranteed a nomination here. The film depends on how it’s edited — and it works. There were a few detractors specifically in regard to the structure at early industry screenings, and detractors can make for something as Manchester by the Sea, a very strong Best Picture contender last year, lost out on a nomination because many didn’t like how it was edited. Lee Smith also somehow was not nominated for his work on Inception — a snub still virtually unexplainable. But let’s hope that people have some sense in them, as Dunkirk should not only be nominated, but should also be the current frontrunner to win.

Beyond that, there’s a slight correlation between Best Picture contenders and editing. The strength of The Shape of Water could give it some momentum here to snatch up a nomination.

Someone else who could sneak in is Joe Walker for Blade Runner 2049. Walker was nominated last year for Arrival, and won the Eddie (from the American Cinema Editors). The film is long, but many have praised how it doesn’t feel long — a sign of good editing.

Editing can also boil down to a film’s style. I, Tonya has been praised for its dark comedic angle, one that depends on the sharpness of its editing. It’s showy, which could be an issue, but it’s also what’s needed for a lesser film to compete, and the film has picked up a lot of steam over the past month.

Similarly, Baby Driver has shown up at the necessary precursors and has the style to get in. It should find a spot.

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri also depends on style. It’s not particularly showy in its editing, but it does rely on sharpness to pull of its black comedy. With the film currently at the top of the crop for Best Picture, that could push it into this category.

The Post is one that shouldn’t be ignored either. The film is fluid and expertly paced, and the story depends on how the situation builds.

On top of that, other very strong Best Picture films could certainly play; Lady BirdDarkest Hour and Call Me by Your Name should be watched closely.

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi may not be a Best Picture film, it could get a nod here to make up for that — just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did with a film editing nomination.

The 5
Lee Smith — Dunkirk
Joe Walker — Blade Runner 2049
Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss — Baby Driver
Tatiana S. Riegel — I, Tonya
Sidney Wolinsky — The Shape of Water

Could contend
Gregory Plotkin — Get Out
Jon Gregory — Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Michael Kahn — The Post
Bob Ducsay —
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Walter Fasano — Call Me by Your Name
Valerio Bonelli — Darkest Hour
Nick Houy — Lady Bird


Featured image via Warner Bros.

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