Reference – ACE (Eddies) (American Cinema Editors) – BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association)
- 1 – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) – ACE (Drama), BAFTA, BFCA (TIE) – Alan Baumgarten
- 2 – Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios) – ACE (Drama), BAFTA, BFCA (TIE) – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
- 3 – Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) – ACE (Drama), BAFTA, BFCA – Chloé Zhao
- 4 – The Father (Sony Pictures Classic) – BAFTA – Yorgos Lamprinos
- 5 – Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) – ACE (Comedy), BAFTA – Frédéric Thoraval
*Winners in bold.
It’s just again another year where editing is a two way race. Last year it was ‘Ford v Ferrari’ vs. ‘Parasite’, the year before that it was ‘Vice’ vs. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and now we have a race between ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ vs. ‘Sound of Metal’.
How in-line the Eddie’s and the BAFTA’s have been with the eventual Oscar winner is around 50/50, so it’s hard to go off of this. The Critics Choice is also no use as the two TIED for the award, showing they are very much neck-and-neck for the win. I can see the incentive for either winning, one has the advantage of using editing to help coincide with the sound design, and another is a fast-paced, quick cut movie which the Academy have proven to love, for better or for worst; ‘Ford v Ferrari’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Whiplash’, ‘Argo’, even ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ won without a Best Picture win. If you think I put too many to use as an example, I’d like to make a point those are just the examples I’ve used from the past ten years! For this reason, I’m going to have to say I think ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ takes the edge. Sometimes the Academy voters can make very wise and informed decisions and if this is the case, ‘Sound of Metal’ probably will win, but the truth of the matter is that the voters who are mostly not editors have the attitude of ‘more cuts = better editing. I think ‘Trial has great editing and I’ve always said “the editing is the directing” in terms of the film, but I’d say ‘Sound of Metal’ uses editing better.
If there is to be an upset, I guess it would be smart to say it will be eventual Best Picture winner, ‘Nomadland’. If the Academy really love it, the film could be the first since ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ to sweep in every category it is nominated for that is nominated for Best Picture, and with six nominations, it is very possible!