So, here’s the thing…the Eddie Awards are a pretty big deal. The Eddies are given out by ACE, the American Cinema Editors and they are meant to honor the best edited films of the year. The ACEs are also considered to be a pretty good precursor of what will be nominated for (obviously) Best Editing and Best Picture.
And here’s the thing — it’s rare that a film wins Best Picture without receiving, at the very least, a nomination for Best Editing. Birdman managed to do it (and it’s odd that Birdman was snubbed for Best Editing since the editing was probably the only thing that kept Birdman from just being a pretentious mess). However, Birdman was the exception to the rule.
What’s interesting is that Spotlight — which has dominated the critics awards — was snubbed by the Eddies. What does this mean? It might not mean anything. Or it could mean that Spotlight is more popular with the critics than with the industry people who will actually be voting for the Oscars.
(The same thing happened with The Social Network a few years ago.)
What was nominated? Check them out below and notice that Sicario — a darkhorse that I would love to see nominated — got the nomination that a lot of people were expecting to go to Spotlight.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- The Martian
Pietro Scalia, ACE
- The Revenant
Stephen Mirrione, ACE
Joe Walker, ACE
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Maryann Brandon, ACE & Mary Jo Markey, ACE
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY):
Dan Lebental, ACE & Colby Parker, Jr., ACE
- The Big Short
Hank Corwin, ACE
Jay Cassidy, ACE, Alan Baumgarten, ACE, Christopher Tellefsen, ACE & Tom Cross, ACE
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
William Kerr, ACE & Paul Zucker
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
- Inside Out
Kevin Nolting, ACE
- The Good Dinosaur
Stephen Schaffer, ACE
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
- Cobain: Montage of Heck
Joe Beshenkovsky & Brett Morgen
- Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Andy GrieveHe Named Me Malala
Greg Finton, ACE, Brian Johnson & Brad Fuller
- The Wrecking Crew