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February 9, 2014 10:44 PM
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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Film Editing

"Captain Phillips"

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are announced.

For a while there it seemed like Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger had this in the bag for their work on "Gravity," but "Captain Phillips" editor Christopher Rouse -- who won this award back in 2007 for another Paul Greengrass film, "The Bourne Ultimatum" -- beat the "Gravity" team at the American Cinema Editors awards (or the ACE Eddies) in the dramatic film category, while another Oscar nominated team -- Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten -- won the comedy prize for "American Hustle."  Notably, nine of the last 10 ACE Eddie winners have gone on to win the Oscar, which bodes well for "Hustle" and "Phillips." But "Gravity" is absolutely still in contention (as is, to a lesser degree "12 Years a Slave), meaning basically any editing team save "Dallas Buyers Club" has a shot here.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

Will win: “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Could win: “Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
Should win: “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Shoulda been here: "Her"

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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  • Dylan | January 13, 2014 7:36 PMReply

    My Nominations (Best Film Editing):
    Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger - GRAVITY
    Crispin Struthers and Jay Cassidy - AMERICAN HUSTLE
    Claudia Castello and Michael P. Shawver - FRUITVALE STATION
    Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan - HER

  • ted | January 12, 2014 1:38 AMReply

    Loved the editing in Frances Ha, by Jennifer Lame, was one of the characters in that film, providing many laughs just from the cuts.

  • Brian | January 11, 2014 2:45 PMReply

    How in the WORLD can Upstream Color be overlooked here? Unreal ...

  • Alex | January 10, 2014 4:11 PMReply

    no upstream colour? the editing on that was fantastic

  • FilmFan | December 29, 2013 1:14 AMReply

    I'd giving this to sliver linings playbook last year not just scene cuts but editing performances argo really hope a front runner doesn't just add this to list and goes to a deserving win.

  • chris | December 29, 2013 12:59 AMReply

    Wow, I thought the editing for American Hustle was average at best. I wouldn't give it sixth on the list.

  • bard | December 19, 2013 7:16 AMReply

    I think 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Great Gatsby.
    12 Years a Slave is the winner in this case.

  • BOO | November 18, 2013 8:35 PMReply

    Ugh Rush needs to get this. Get out American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook didn't need an editing nomination.

  • Stephan Boxie | December 28, 2013 10:27 AM

    Silver Linings Playbook was the best edited film of the nominees last year. The timing of the cuts is what made the entire energy of the picture. It was one of the few movies last year where each particular scene felt like it had its own language. Argo on the other hand had the most predicatbly edited ending of any film last year. Lincoln's editing was a joke! Life of Pi was an excepted nomination and Zero Dark Thirty was probably second in deserving after Silver linings playbook

  • Brett | November 13, 2013 4:04 PMReply

    I know the winner will be Wolf of Wall Street, whenever a Scorsese picture gets a Best Editing nod it always wins

  • jp | October 28, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    Why was Lone Survivor taken off this list? It was before and has yet to be screened. Or have you seen it?

  • dan | October 20, 2013 2:00 PMReply

    Gravity clocked in at a crisp 90 minutes when it could have easily been over two hours. The pacing was brilliant and Cuaron hit a perfect tone. Its winning

  • THE Brady Critic | October 14, 2013 1:03 PMReply

    who will win: captain Philips/rush

    might win: the wolf of wall street

    should win: the wolf of wall street

  • M | October 8, 2013 8:47 PMReply

    A little skeptical on Gravity, but if the Wolf of Wall Street is released expect some contention.

  • BOO | October 6, 2013 9:02 AMReply

    Dear Jesus, Gatsby? The editing was so weird.

  • CPJ | September 19, 2013 6:01 PMReply

    Lone Survivor is getting a Award season LA/NY run on Dec 27

  • Brett | September 17, 2013 5:12 PMReply

    Lone Survivor is not getting a release until next year, so I'd replace that with something else