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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Editing

Heavyweights "La La Land," "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Arrival" face off for Best Editing. (Updated February 22, 2017.)

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It’s assumed that without an Editing nomination, a movie won’t win Best Picture. New England tragedy “Manchester By the Sea,” for example, did not land an editing nod. But the two categories don’t always match up. In recent years, only “Slumdog Millionaire,”  “The Hurt Locker” and “Argo” won both. This year we may see showbiz musical “La La Land” repeat that feat. Tom Cross took home the Oscar for “Whiplash.”

Among the year’s other top rivals, brainy time-shifting alien visitor drama “Arrival” (Joe Walker was nominated for “12 Years a Slave”), and Miami coming-of-age triptych “Moonlight” (Joi McMillon is the first African-American nominated in this category) landed nods, along with Texas heist western “Hell or High Water” and war movie “Hacksaw Ridge” — editor John Gilbert was nominated once before, for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”

Contenders (in order of likelihood to win):

1. Tom Cross (“La La Land”)
2. John Gilbert (“Hacksaw Ridge”)
3. Joe Walker (“Arrival”)
4. Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders (“Moonlight”)
5. Jake Roberts (“Hell or High Water”)

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