Tag: best film editing

2020 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Irishman” — Ten Nominations

What a year it is when we’re talking about a Martin Scorsese film being “unlikely” to win Best Picture. Top that off with a film that’s garnering ten nominations, at least as far as my projections, is “unlikely” to win all ten. I expect “The Irishman” to be completely shut out this year and that’s absolutely bonkers when you think of how prestigious Scorsese is. But it just goes to show you what kind of year we’ve had for movies.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Parasite” — Six Nominations

Let’s just bask in the fact that absolutely no one nominated for this film has ever been nominated for an Academy Award before. Even the country of South Korea had yet to even gain a nomination. Now Bong Joon Ho and the rest of his crew can get their names in the history books. And “Parasite” is actually one of the Big Three, with runner-up status as we speak. The only reason it’s not front and center is because “1917” has been cleaning up the awards, from the PGA to the DGA to the Globes. “Parasite” has done well in its own right, winning the SAG Ensemble award as well as Best International Film at the Globes. It simply depends where the Academy leans.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Jojo Rabbit” — Six Nominations

Not apart of the Big Three (“1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood,” and “Parasite”) there’s very little chance for “Jojo Rabbit” to win. However, it is a front-runner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category after winning the WGA Award. Scarlett Johansson is still in contention for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role, although she’ll have to upset Laura Dern. The rest of the categories its nominated for seem fairly unlikely.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Ford v Ferrari” — Four Nominations

As of right now, I have “Ford v Ferrari” winning two, possibly three, out of the four awards it’s nominated for. Yet, somehow, the experts place it dead last for the films in the Best Picture category. Other films, like “The Irishman” and “Little Women” I have winning zero awards and yet those are somehow ahead of “Ford v Ferrari.” That being said, there’s no way “Ford v Ferrari” wins Best Picture. The Big Three are currently “1917,” “Once Upon A Time In Hollywoood,” and “Parasite.”

2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

“VICE”Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Director: Adam McKayProducers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKayWriter: Adam McKayCinematography: Greig FraserEditor: Hank CorwinComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributor: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 25, 2018Budget: $60 millionRun-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dick Cheney rises from humble beginnings to the heights of politics, serving in cabinet positions, in the White … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

“GREEN BOOK”Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga Director: Peter FarrellyProducers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick VallelongaWriters: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter FarrellyCinematography: Sean PorterEditor: Patrick J. Don VitoComposer: Kris BowersDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: November 16, 2018Budget: $23 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dr. Donald Shirley, an accomplished concert pianist, hires Italian-American bouncer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

“BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”Graham King Directors: Bryan Singer & Dexter Fletcher Producers: Graham King & Jim BeachWriters: Anthony McCarten and Peter MorganCinematography: Newton Thomas SigelEditor: John OttmanComposer: John OttmanDistributor: 20th Century FoxRelease Date: November 2, 2018Budget: $55 millionRun-time: 134 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: As he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous singer, art student Freddie rebels against his traditional Parsi family and joins the … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee Director: Spike LeeProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike LeeWriters: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike LeeBased On: “Black Klansman” by Ron StallworthCinematography: Chayse IrvinEditor: Barry Alexander BrownComposer: Terence BlanchardDistributor: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: August 10, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

“THE FAVOURITE”Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos Director: Yorgos LanthimosProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early 1700s, Queen Anne, in poor health and emotionally unstable, allows her most trusted confidante, … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [15] “The Favourite” – Ten Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

“DUNKIRK” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan Director & Writer: Christopher Nolan Producers: Emma Thomas & Christopher Nolan Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema Editor: Lee Smith Composer: Hans Zimmer Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Release Date: July 21, 2017 Run-time: 106 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Dunkirk” – 8 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

Director & Writer: Edgar Wright Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner Cinematography: Bill Pope Composer: Steven Price Editors: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos Distributor: TriStar Pictures Release Date: June 28, 2017 Run-time: 113 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: A young getaway driver known as Baby is in debt to crime boss Doc, but he plans on retiring after he falls for a sympathetic waitress. Doc … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [33] “Baby Driver” – 3 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

Director: Craig Gillespie Producers: Tom Ackerley, Margot Robbie, Steven Rogers, and Bryan Unkeless Writer: Steven Rogers Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel Distributor: Neon Release Date: December 8, 2017 Run-time: 119 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Despite the abuse she suffers at the hands of her overbearing mother, ice skater Tonya Harding matures into an accomplished athlete, becoming the first American woman to execute a triple … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [8] “I, Tonya” – 3 Nominations

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [42] “The Big Short” – 5 nominations

“THE BIG SHORT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner // Directed by Adam McKay // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 28th, 2016 // Stream //  0 films – 1 day //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Film Editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Margaret Sixel No matter what the film, pacing is everything. And most of that happens on the editing room floor. But consider the film that is touted as one giant chase scene in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Obviously a chase scene brings about the idea of tension and suspense, but leaving the throttle on full throughout the entire film would … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Film Editing

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spotlight” – 6 nominations

“SPOTLIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar // Directed by Tom McCarthy // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  5 films – 5 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – 10 nominations

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller // // Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Film Editing

THE REVENANT Stephen Mirrione A slow burn epic revenge film might not land in comparison to faster paced action films, but there is still something to be said for a two hour and thirty-six minute wilderness film that still feels fresh past the second hour. Giving us enough character development and letting scenes breath is the forte of Mirrione in the editor’s chair of … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Film Editing

2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Best Film Editing

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Action movies are nothing without their editors, building suspense and tension, creating moments where perhaps they didn’t formerly exist. Timing is everything. And the timing in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is impeccable. Whether it’s editing the beats of a chase through the sand, where our heroes suddenly reveal to be getting on … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Best Film Editing

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – 12 nominations

“THE REVENANT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon //Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – 5 nominations

“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J. J. Abrams, & Bryan Burk //Directed by J.J. Abrams // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, January 16th, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK 19 – IMAX 3D //  39 films – 44 days //

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Film Editing

Would “The Grand Budapest Hotel” be as funny if editor Barney Pilling wasn’t willing to hold on certain shots for longer than some normally would? Or as cutting abruptly to a reaction when others might take their time or cut the reaction at a normal pace? For someone that’s never worked with Wes Anderson, Pilling gets it. Take a look at his past editing … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [12] The Grand Budapest Hotel – Best Film Editing

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six Nominations

Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter With likely two acting awards coming from the film, “Dallas Buyers Club” is a forced to be reckoned with. Even without a Best Directing nomination, the film likely lands into the top 5 with chances of the winning the Oscar for Best Picture. And even though it is entirely unlikely that it will win, this film will not go … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

Alfonso Cuarón & David Heyman “Gravity” surprised everyone this year, bringing a female driven, original screenplay, big budget blockbuster to the masses. Warner Brothers probably couldn’t be more pleased and could mark a back to back year for the studio with “Argo” winning last year. “Gravity” lands an amazing ten nominations, with a high chance of winning most of them including Best Visual Effects, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [17] Gravity – Ten Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca What a competitive year. One of the biggest upsets when nominations were announced was the missing nomination for Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips. Almost anyone, including myself, would agree. His leadership role in the film topped only by his emotional breakdown at the end of the film leaves the audience in a state not that much … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

LIFE OF PI BEST PICTURE As strong of a film as “Life Of Pi” is, I do not see it winning Best Picture. In my opinion it’s down to “Argo” and “Lincoln”, with one of them taking the major award. But that doesn’t mean “Life Of Pi” won’t clean up. It’s going to win several awards out of its eleven nominations and it will … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [31] Life Of Pi – Eleven Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BEST PICTURE The Oscars are never easy to predict. Sure, some categories are easier than others. There are locks, safe bets, and poor choices in all categories, but it always come down to a hand full of nominees that makes predicting hard. Following the Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award win for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Roger Ebert predicted … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

[9 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[7 DAYS TO OSCARS] If there is one film in the Best Picture category that could possibly knock out “The Artist” (which seems unlikely at this point), it would be “Hugo”. With Martin Scorsese at the helm (who has an Academy Award for Best Director from “The Departed”) and a stellar screenplay, “Hugo” has the most nominations of any … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [38] Hugo & 11 Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [26] The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo & 5 Nominations

[20 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[16 DAYS TO OSCARS] There was a huge rally behind “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” this year and many seemed surprised when it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. With the huge David Fincher band-camp from last year, that theme continued into this year, with his remake of the Swedish film of the same title. Now it only finds … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [26] The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo & 5 Nominations

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2011 Oscars Challenge: The King’s Speech

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The King’s Speech” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Social Network

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Social Network” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Black Swan

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Black Swan” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Fighter

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Fighter” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: 127 Hours

2011 Oscar Challenge: “127 Hours” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

PRECIOUS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Precious, as it appears, is worth its weight in gold, at least Oscar gold. Word of mouth made this … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Precious

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

AVATAR Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Achievement in Directing Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Art Direction Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects For a long time, I waited to say my piece about Avatar (if … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Avatar

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

THE HURT LOCKER Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing In the lead for … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Hurt Locker

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nothing like eight Oscar nominations to tell you how great this film is. Quentin Tarantino … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds

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2010 Oscars Challenge: District 9

DISTRICT 9 Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Visual Effects Hype… Hype can ruin a movie. Trailers for this film made me somewhat want to view this film before it hit theaters. The hype after the film hit theaters was phenomenal. A “must’ see film. … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: District 9