Oscars 2018: ACE Eddie Nominations

It’s shortlist-apalooza today. Four of them. Big ones, too. Arguably the main four we want to see.

We’ll start with Best Editing, because that’s the one I happened to click on first.

The American Cinema Editors announce five nominees in Dramatic, five nominees in Comedy, and then also announce documentary and animated, which I’ll touch on, but only because it usually just further tells me where things seem to be heading, which we pretty much know already anyway.

Here are your nominees for Best Editing by the Editors Guild:

Best Editing (Dramatic)

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

Roma

A Star Is Born

I guess we should take it one category at a time.

I’m not remotely surprised about any of this. First Man was the only one that felt like it could/would be an Oscar contender over Best Picture stuff.

The past couple years… I think last year was the only one where they had more than one non-Best Picture nominee in Editing in the past couple years. Let me do a quick check… yeah, that’s the only one in the last ten with more than one non-Best Picture nominee, and a lot of the years had all five as Best Picture nominees.

So seeing as how these four are solidly in contention, all this really does is further solidify Bohemian Rhapsody as a real contender (which I’m sure makes critics and the internet thrilled).

Otherwise, BlacKkKlansman, Roma and Star Is Born have been there throughout. Honestly the only thing we have to try to gauge is what will ultimately be left off, because there’s at least one possible nominee in this next category.

Best Editing (Comedy)

Crazy Rich Asians

Deadpool 2

The Favourite

Green Book

Vice

The Favourite, Green Book and maybe Vice are the ones you gotta look at. Crazy Rich Asians would shock me if it got an Editing nomination. Picture… moderate surprise, but not shock. Editing, I’d be shocked. And Deadpool, sure. Interesting they didn’t go Black Panther. I’m guessing because that was considered Dramatic. Not that I felt it will or should get nominated for Editing, regardless of its Best Picture contender status.

So what are your PGA Best Picture nominees?

BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born, Vice

All but Black Panther and A Quiet Place are represented here, and those two are missing probably because of lack of spots.

So that tells me, your serious Best Picture contenders (for the win, assuming they are nominated) are: BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and I guess Vice. That’s seven. And add First Man as a non-Best Picture contender for Editing. That’s eight.

My gut tells me five of those eight will be nominated for Best Editing. Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther feel like red herrings (for Editing). Vice is the kind of movie that could get nominated for Editing even if it’s not gonna end up in the Best Picture field. I still don’t know how they’re gonna respond to that one as a whole. That’s the kind of movie that feels like it might get left off.

I’d say for sure, expect A Star Is Born, Green Book and Roma to get on Editing. Those three feel like the main three that are in contention. If Bohemian Rhapsody is as loved as things are starting to look, you have to think that would get on. To me, it feels like the empty Best Picture nominee that doesn’t get on Editing, but what do I know? The Favourite is 50/50. If they love it as much as some precursors mights suggest, it’ll need Editing to contend. Same for BlacKkKlansman, though why do I think that’ll end up without an Editing nomination in the end? Honestly I think you start with your main three and then have two spots left and five movies to choose from. I still have a few weeks and more precursors to look at, but that’s my thinking on this at the moment.

Stab in the dark, I think your final category could be: Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born. If I had to pick any alternate, I’d say The Favourite for Bohemian Rhapsody. But usually I reserve that one spot for the movie that they love more than you think they’re gonna. Dallas Buyers Club, Hell or High Water. Movies you thought would get on Picture but not on Editing. To me, Bohemian Rhapsody is starting to look like that one for this year. But we’ll see. Still lots of time left for things to fall into place.

Best Editing (Animation)

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Oh, that’s it, just three? Okay, but I could have told you these were the primary three that will be nominated. And we put Wreck-It Ralph fourth, even though that’s not currently a lock, and then the fifth spot is the open one. So really this just told me the primary three for the win, which I would hope anyone studying the Oscars could have told you just on instinct alone.

Best Editing (Documentary)

Free Solo

RBG

Three Identical Strangers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

So just four here? And the same four getting nominated everywhere else.

So yeah, this also tells me that I will have to guess all four of these on my nominations list, knowing at least one of them will end up being wrong, because the Documentary branch is perhaps the most screwy branch out there.

That said, I liked all four of these docs, so I’m perfectly fine with this.

More shortlists coming as fast as I can type them up.

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