‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Hangover’ win with ACE

Posted by · 10:08 pm · February 14th, 2010

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt LockerFriday we spotlighted the film editing category in our daily Oscar Guide feature.  Tonight at the Beverly Hilton, the editors themselves had their say at the 60th annual ACE Eddies ceremony.

Bob Murawski and Chris Innis were the big winners in the drama category for “The Hurt Locker” (my prediction for the Oscar win), while in something of a surprise, Debra Neil-Fisher won in the comedy category for “The Hangover,” toppling the Coen brothers’ “A Serious Man.” It makes you wonder just how close the Warner Bros. romp was to a Best Picture nomination with all of this industry love.

Pixar and Kevin Nolting predictably won in the animated category for “Up,” while Geoffrey Richardson won in the documentary field for “The Cove,” a film that frankly deserved Oscar recognition in the category.

As always, keep track of the season’s goings on at The Circuit.

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  • 1 2-14-2010 at 10:14 pm

    Dea said...

    I’m the first one to admit that The Hangover was a funny movie. However, winning best editing is nothing short of absurd, especially over (500) Days of Summer and A Serious Man.

  • 2 2-14-2010 at 10:33 pm

    Kripley said...

    The Hurt Locker will do a clean sweep at the oscars it seems.

  • 3 2-14-2010 at 10:40 pm

    Okay, We Get It said...

    The Cove and A Serious Man can do absolutely no wrong, they deserve everything, and we need to be reminded of it as often as possible. Though maybe I should just be thankful that this piece avoids yet another plug for Up in the Air, for which you’re practically an embedded reporter.

    Its great that you don’t pretend to be falsely objective but the amount of beating your favorite horses to death has been unbelievably over the top this year Tapley. This site works best when you don’t fall for the Wells/Poland/O’Neil trap of making the coverage about yourself instead of the awards news so maybe you could stump for your babies a little less constantly?

  • 4 2-15-2010 at 12:36 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    The Hangover over A Serious Man? Surely they jest.

  • 5 2-15-2010 at 2:02 am

    red_wine said...

    Yay for Hurt Locker though not surprising by any means. And absurd though it may sound, I actually preferred Hangover to A Serious Man whose greatness eludes me.

  • 6 2-15-2010 at 6:12 am

    JJ said...

    I loathed ‘The Hangover’ with every fiber of my being. I accept that people think it’s hilarious. It’s just so not my type of movie. To me, it’s the anti-movie.

    So it winning here (and elsewhere) has really turned me off to the clout of the guilds, a bit.

  • 7 2-15-2010 at 6:27 am

    RichardA said...

    Part of the charm of The Hangover was that it was an “anti-movie”, in the tradition of “Dude, Where’s My Car”. Except in this case, “Dude, Where’s the Groom?” Except, a lot funnier.

  • 8 2-15-2010 at 6:50 am

    Frank Lee said...

    I see a lot of dumb comedies and have nothing against them. In fact I enjoy them. But I didn’t consider “The Hangover” to be better than average. I’m perplexed.

  • 9 2-15-2010 at 7:07 am

    John said...

    I’ll go against the tide here, THE HANGOVER was not only the right choice for the Eddie, it was one of the best editing jobs of the year. In many ways, this film was an action movie of laughs. A great action movie (ALIENS, DIE HARD, SPEED, RAIDERS) leaves a person physically spent. Well, comedies of this nature done well (THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, AIRPLANE, BLAZING SADDLES, TROPIC THUNDER) have the same effect, except that laughter instead of tension produces the physical effect. To pull that off, a movie needs an editor with mastery of both pace and comic timing. 500 DAYS OF SUMMER had a bouncy timeline, which requires a strong editing job, admittedly… but I could see no possible excuse for THE HANGOVER not winning this.

    It belongs to that genre of comedy where the idea is to make the audience

  • 10 2-15-2010 at 7:21 am

    David said...

    I have a friend who has a few family members that are in the Academy, and reportedly his brother ranked “The Hangover” in his top ten when he voted.

  • 11 2-15-2010 at 7:45 am

    Paul said...

    The Oscar race ended last night. Avatar will not salvage a picture/director split as this loyalist had been hoping for. It’s a fait accompli that Hurt Locker will be the lowest-earning movie to win BP in the past 54 years. And to think only 3 weeks ago, we had us one hell of a race to the finish line. But the guilds, slowly and surely, short-circuited any hope of drama and suspense and have turned this into a coronation of one of a long line of Iraq war films that the American people just said ‘no’, I opt not to see it.

  • 12 2-15-2010 at 7:47 am

    Bill M. said...

    @ Kris Tapley this is the 2nd mention you’ve made of The Cove having deserved recognition w/ a nomination for Best Editing @ the Oscars.

    Do you think there was any chance of that, really? (btw, I loved the film was hoping it would sneak into that Blind Side spot in the Best Picture group)

    Would the Academy ever nominate a doc or even a foreign language film for that matter for Best Editing? (To my recollection Z is the only Foreign Language feature I can think nominated in this category and it won also)

  • 13 2-15-2010 at 8:02 am

    evelyn garver said...

    I have just seen A SERIOUS MAN, [unfortunately on TV on demand rental rather than in a theater.] Still, the Coen’s film is head and shoulders above anything in the BP top 10, with the exception of THE HURT LOCKER. THE HANGOVER is mildly amusing, but, echoing many others, I have to say I’m astonished by the admiration it has garnered.

  • 14 2-15-2010 at 8:04 am

    Megan said...

    I’m fine with Hurt Locker taking best picture; I’d prefer it over many others.

    However, it just wasn’t THAT good. I’ve been on a binge of renting former BP victors over the past few weeks, and then when I reflect on HL, I feel hideously underwhelmed. But again, I won’t be fuming if it wins.

    The only thing I WOULDN’T be okay with it winning is Original Screenplay. It was an appropriate, but ultimately lean and unimpressive script, and Tarantino clearly wrote the shit out of his fellow contenders.

  • 15 2-15-2010 at 8:10 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Um, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was nominated–just two years ago ;).

  • 16 2-15-2010 at 8:56 am

    Kraken said...

    I still haven’t seen the Hurt Locker and have no intention of seeing it in the future.

  • 17 2-15-2010 at 8:58 am

    Craig said...

    Then you’re an idiot.

  • 18 2-15-2010 at 9:31 am

    Megan said...

    I’d see HL just to say you did. That’s usually my rationale for seeing films for which I have zero to little enthusiasm.

    Who knows, you might like it.

  • 19 2-15-2010 at 9:40 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Bill M: Hoop Dreams was nominated for its editing, actually (compounding its documentary snub). As was Woodstock.

    As for foreign -language films, there are several other examples: Life is Beautiful, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Das Boot…

  • 20 2-15-2010 at 11:30 am

    brian said...

    All right I’m confused. This seems reminiscent of 2007 when it was No Country for Old Men vs. The Bourne Ultimatum. At the time, I assumed No Country would win for it’s excellent build up of suspense, but both the ACE and the Oscar went to Bourne, which I figured was because of the amount of cuts and action, etc. So this year I thought it would be Avatar for all the same reasons Bourne won, but they seem to be going for The Hurt Locker. Gaaah. I need someone to explain to me what is going on here.

  • 21 2-15-2010 at 12:26 pm

    Craig said...

    You see, its because Avatar is a terrible movie.

  • 22 2-15-2010 at 2:24 pm

    Rick said...

    No, Craig, it’s not a terrible movie, it’s because people like The Hurt Locker more.

  • 23 2-15-2010 at 2:50 pm

    JR said...

    Could Avatar’s loss have anything to do with a perception amongst film editors that it’s more a triumph of CGI/animation over editing? Not saying that’s fair, just a real possibility.

  • 24 2-15-2010 at 7:35 pm

    Rick said...

    JR, but even if it’s CGI you still have to edit the movie. You still have to crop and piece together the shots. Don’t get the wrong, The Hurt Locker must win because it is the best in this category, just pointing out…

  • 25 2-15-2010 at 7:38 pm

    Craig said...

    Well people like The Hurt Locker more yes, but Avatar is definitely a terrible movie.

  • 26 2-15-2010 at 8:58 pm

    Kevin said...

    @ Okay, we get it: I think it’s heartening to see Kris basking in the success his favourite films have been getting. I mean, we all have them, don’t we? It was just a passing comment and not a serious flog as well.

    The ACE win for Locker is extremely well deserved, although I must be the only person on the planet (judging by its astronomical gross) that has NOT seen Avatar so I can’t really comment on its (major) competition.