ACE nominees

Posted by · 7:23 pm · January 11th, 2010

Sharlto Copley in District 9For me, “District 9” is the biggest and most pleasant surprise for me in this morning’s American Cinema Editors announcement.  If ever the film looked like a lock for a Best Picture nomination, now is that time, I have to say.  Getting in over presumed Oscar frontrunners “Precious” and, most especially, “Inglourious Basterds,” that’s a pretty big feather in its cap if you ask me.

“Star Trek” also makes another fairly strong case this morning for getting into the Academy’s 10 over something like “Invictus,” which keeps missing with guild after guild and should, perhaps, finally be called a spade.  The drama field is then rounded out by what has become the rather definitive frontrunner trilogy of films.

In the comedy field, we get veterans in Joe Hutshing and Richard Marks perhaps predictably recognized for “Its Complicated” and “Julie & Julia” respectively, while the Coen brothers get their third nomination from the guild to date.  The other two: Best Picture nominees “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.” Round it out with two comedies that are tricking people into thinking they’ll be Best Picture nominees (with no mention of the dead and dying “Nine”) and voila, the ACE Eddie nominees.

Check out the full list after the jump.

Best Edited Feature (Dramatic)
“Avatar” (James Cameron, John Refua, Stephen Rivkin)
“District 9” (Julian Clarke)
“The Hurt Locker” (Bob Murawski, Chris Innis)
“Star Trek” (Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey)
“Up in the Air” (Dana E. Glauberman)

Best Edited Feature (Comedy or Musical)
“(500) Days of Summer” (Alan Edward Bell)
“The Hangover” (Deborah Neil-Fisher)
“Julie & Julia” (Richard Marks)
“It’s Complicated” (Joe Hutshing, David Mortiz)
“A Serious Man” (Roderick Jaynes)

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
“Coraline” (Christopher Murrie, Ronald Sanders)
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (Andrew Weisblum)
“Up” (Kevin Nolting)

Best Edited Documentary
“The Cove” (Geoffrey Richman)
“Food, Inc.” (Kim Roberts)
“This Is It” (Don Broch, Kevin Stitt)

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  • 1 1-11-2010 at 7:25 pm

    Brian said...

    I can’t believe the Coens have only been nominated twice.

    Disappointed Basterds missed out.

  • 2 1-11-2010 at 7:28 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Whaaa? I’m really confused. These haven’t been announced yet, and there isn’t anything after the jump…

    Am I missing something here?

  • 3 1-11-2010 at 7:42 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Oh, they announced them early? Wow, I was expecting it to be tomorrow morning. Never mind then.

    The Drama nods look awesome. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if that’s our lineup. Nice.

  • 4 1-11-2010 at 7:43 pm

    Ryan said...

    YES to District 9! So awesome.

  • 5 1-11-2010 at 7:46 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    English: a few of us had the press release but Variety decided an embargo was bEneath them, so, here we are.

  • 6 1-11-2010 at 7:46 pm

    Shelby said...

    I would have understood if District 9 escaped notice, but so glad it didn’t. One of the few movies I’ve seen with rat-a-tat editing, where it didn’t seem gratuitously showoffy and calculated to overwhelm, but rather an organic part of the story.

  • 7 1-11-2010 at 7:49 pm

    Ryan said...

    Kris, does that explain your random “District 9 is SO getting a Best Picture nomination” tweet a couple of hours ago?

    I admit as a big D9 fan, I was happy you thought that, but it did sorta come out of nowhere a bit…

  • 8 1-11-2010 at 7:53 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I must say, the eccentric and fast-paced editing of District 9 is a nice surprise, especially getting in over Precious which kept having me ask, “THIS is the ‘amazing’ editing that Kris keeps writing about?!?”

    On the animation side, I really hope Up doesn’t win, since I imagine the work of cutting together a stop-motion film is way harder, and both Coraline and Fox pulled it off beautifully.

  • 9 1-11-2010 at 7:53 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yep. :)

  • 10 1-11-2010 at 7:55 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    How boring this site would be if we agreed even most of the time.

  • 11 1-11-2010 at 8:01 pm

    Me. said...

    Oscar Predictions:

    The Hurt Locker
    Inglourious Basterds
    Star Trek
    Up in the Air

    The same I’ve had for a while.

  • 12 1-11-2010 at 8:15 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    I kinda thought that District 9 would definitely show up here? Either way, it’s such a delight to see this train roll along. If Avatar and The Hurt Locker are steamrollers knocking down every guild in their way, District 9 is The Little Engine That Could, quietly garnering slowly building guild love. And for my money, District 9’s unexpected rise to glory is the great story of this season, and the best argument for the 10 nominee system.

    And Kris, here’s my prediction: take off Precious, add District 9, and that’s your Film Editing slate. I will be honestly surprised if District 9 grabs less than 6 notices on nomination morning. Might I ask why you don’t think it will slip in for Sound Mixing?

  • 13 1-11-2010 at 8:22 pm

    Adam M. said...

    “…something like “Invictus,” which keeps missing with guild after guild and should, perhaps, finally be called a spade.”

    Yikes! Careful there, Senator Reid. :P

  • 14 1-11-2010 at 8:26 pm

    Shelby said...

    Yes! It seems to me that District 9 is the populist entertainment riding the “Ten Train” this year – not Avatar, which probably would have gotten nominated anyway if there were only 5.

    Time will tell.

  • 15 1-11-2010 at 8:56 pm

    SHAAAARK said...

    Yes to District 9! I hope D9 makes it while Star Trek falters.

  • 16 1-11-2010 at 9:42 pm

    Leone said...

    Loving the love for STAR TREK! I think after this showing it is looking more and more likely that this film is one of the ten.

  • 17 1-11-2010 at 10:01 pm

    Andrew2 said...

    Star Trek looks set to going D9 and Avatar in the BP Oscar race. It has come from nowhere to be a contender. How did this happen???

  • 18 1-11-2010 at 10:21 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Also kudos to Roderick Jaynes’ nomination. ;) The Coens have an amazing knack for precise timing and meticulous control over pace and rhythm.

  • 19 1-11-2010 at 10:38 pm

    Jim said...

    Good for A Serious Man, and wow alot of love for the sci-fi flicks.

  • 20 1-11-2010 at 11:24 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Can I just say, re: the documentary nominees (which I neglected to include initially), make for a difficult decision in my opinion. The Cove (which would be a personal nominee across all genres, mind you) is an expert job, but the work that went into making This is It not just intelligible, but something pretty damn slick, that’s hard to ignore.

  • 21 1-12-2010 at 12:40 am

    Glenn said...

    Disappointing that “Every Little Step” couldn’t get into the doco category.

  • 22 1-12-2010 at 12:41 am

    Amir said...

    man i really hope inglourious basterds takes over for the oscars.
    i don’t really care over which one of these, i like that editing work more than all of these.

  • 23 1-12-2010 at 2:58 am

    revoir said...

    I’m still rooting for Inglourious Bsterds here…

  • 24 1-12-2010 at 3:36 am

    aspect ratio said...

    The Inglourious Basterds snub, and it is most definitely a snub, is shocking, although I can imagine that it could be a dividing film editing-wise. It should still be in good shape for an Oscar nom, though this certainly is a blow.

    Nice to see (500) Days of Summer here, the structure of that film deserves to be noticed, as does Julie & Julia. That said, I don’t really see any of the five comedy nominees getting an Oscar nomination, so it should be those five drama nominees with one or maybe two replaced.. For my money, take out Star Trek, move in Inglourious Basterds and there are the five Oscar nominees.

  • 25 1-12-2010 at 6:12 am

    JJ said...

    As much as I loved IB, and as much as I found the editing stellar (for the most part), you can’t say that D9 and Star Trek didn’t have amazing editing. Those were 2 of the fleetest, well todl movies (under 2 hours) that I saw all year.

    My opinions of potential Top 10 now:

    After those 8, I think the other 2 spots are between STAR TREK, NINE (only because it’s been seen by everybody – which is important – and has it’s supporters), A SERIOUS MAN, JULIE & JULIA, & (500) DAYS OF SUMMER.

    INVICTUS … aside from PGA and probably Freeman, I see nothing for it. And while I loved THE MESSENGER and A SINGLE MAN, I think they’re dead in the water. :-(

  • 26 1-12-2010 at 6:13 am

    JJ said...

    Trek may have been slightly over 2 hours. My point was, the film went very quickly for me, and I enjoyed the pace that the story was told at.

  • 27 1-12-2010 at 6:39 am

    ninja said...

    JJ, Nine is dead. AMPAS may have forgiven bad reviews but such star power flopping at the boxoffice? Nope. Also, Invictus chances to hit the Top 10 have been minimized since guilds started to favor more deserving District 9, Star Trek and 500 Days of Summer. District 9 is now shoo-in while one of the remaining two (but which?) will take the spot as well. The fate of the other depends on Invictus (fingers crossed it`s out).

    Anyway, I`ll be shocked to see Eastwood replace Daniels (considered to be in the shaky position among locked directors) after DGA snub and other guild snubs save PGA. I think he is safe unless AMPAS pulls a total shocker by nominating Blomkamp (lots of guild love for D9 save DGA and the script was uneligible for WGA so it doesn`t count) or Hanneke (they love to throw a foreign director curveball) instead. The Force isn`t with Eastwood anymore.

  • 28 1-12-2010 at 6:41 am

    ninja said...

    I meant I think Daniels is safe unless…

  • 29 1-12-2010 at 6:41 am

    Estefan said...

    Damn! The Princess and the Frog had better editing than those other animation nominees.

    Oh, well. I like how Star Trek keeps getting more and more guild support.

  • 30 1-12-2010 at 7:23 am

    stylewriter said...

    I’m thrilled to see the guild love for Star Trek although I’ll admit to being surprised by the snubs of Nine and Inglourious Basterds (I, too, don’t understand the love for Precious’ editing; I thought it was pretty uneventful).

    Star Trek definitely has moment going for it to reach the final ten and if the nominations came out in mid-late February like they used to I’d say it definitely gets in. It’s definitely a horse race now, though.

    “The Hurt Locker”
    “Inglourious Basterds”
    “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
    “Up in the Air”

    I think the final four spots are still up-for-grabs with An Education, District 9, Invictus, The Messenger, A Serious Man, and Star Trek with The Blind Side the darkest of dark horses (its moderate critical acclaim and big box office reminds me of Gran Torino last year) battling for the final slots.

  • 31 1-12-2010 at 10:08 am

    Annie Mouse said...

    I think the Inglorious Basterds is an omission, I think it deserves a nom, maybe not a win though. The editing was better than those sci-fi films, even if it was somewhat polarizing. It’s interesting that The Hurt Locker is the only true serious dramatic film on the drama list.

    The rest are “Comic Con” faire, genre sci-fi and one dramedy. I think Up in the Air is misplaced and should have been in the comedy category too, since it is a dramedy.
    So now that gives those films in that category a chance to slip into the mix and get a boost from a win too.

    I think some of these sci-fi films will make it into the top 10 pictures, but not all will make the best editing because there are too many of them and they each have their editing issues/problems. I think Basterds will slip back in and either D9 or Star Trek will lose out. Avatar is playing the “technology” card, so it will probably stay in. Plus Cameron gets to vote for himself and he will.

    Probably this:

    *The Hurt Locker
    Inglorous Basterds
    Up in the Air
    Star Trek

    (but maybe something surprising like A Serious man, or Julie & Julia or It’s Complicated pop up and squeeze out Up in the Air or Star Trek for a nom. Would be interesting to see if it happens)

  • 32 1-12-2010 at 11:10 am

    Bryan said...

    Up in the Air should be replaced. The editing is not it’s strongest suit.

    I say Basterds or A Serious Man moves over come Oscar time.

  • 33 1-12-2010 at 2:48 pm

    Matthew said...

    Did ACE just add an animation category this year? Last year, Wall-E became the first animated film in their history to win the the award for editing in feature film (comedy/musical category)