‘Social,’ ‘Alice’ win ACE awards

Posted by · 9:31 pm · February 19th, 2011

Alright, so I should have gone with what I said was the safe bet for the ACE drama Eddie.  Rather than making history by awarding a film not nominated for the editing Oscar and giving it to the truly deserving contender, “Inception,” the editors decided to rethink it and go with “The Social Network” instead.  Fair enough.

I was, however, correct in assuming “Alice in Wonderland” had a better play on the win than the other comedy hopefuls.  “Toy Story 3” triumphed in the animated field as expected, while I was also on the money with “Exit Through the Gift Shop” winning in the doc category.  I’ll take three out of four.

“Inception” could, however, take the Cinema Audio Society award for sound mixing, which is what most are expecting.  More on that when those awards wrap up shortly.

I’ll address the editing field in Monday’s Oscar Guide, but I think I’m okay with anticipating ACE proving 10 years in a row with prognostication prowess in that regard.  The MPSE announces winners in an array of sound editing fields tomorrow and the Costume Designers Guild closes out the guild season Tuesday.

[Photo: Walt Disney Pictures]

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  • 1 2-19-2011 at 9:34 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    I love “Inception” and think Lee Smith was great, but Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall were richly deserving. Even though it was written into the script, the movement is really clean.

  • 2 2-19-2011 at 9:46 pm

    Loyal said...

    I already see a narrative being spun online that the momentum is shifting back to The Social Network thanks to ACE. Few issues with that:

    1) Monday is a holiday. How many people are going to walk their ballots in on Tuesday before the deadline? Can’t imagine it’s many.

    2) I predicted The Social Network to win the ACE tonight, I’m assuming many others did as well. I also think it’ll take Best Editing at the Oscars. It’s very much a Traffic situation with wins in Director, Editing, Screenplay (minus Supporting Acting).

    3) Not sure how a film that’s won PGA/DGA/SAG and just crossed (as in today) 100m can be seen as losing momentum. Maybe if the race was a week longer but as it stands, there just wasn’t enough time to shift back to The Social Network.

  • 3 2-19-2011 at 9:48 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Who is spinning that? Silly.

  • 4 2-19-2011 at 10:04 pm

    americanrequeim said...

    kris so you think the social network takes editing now then? it really i a flawlessly edited film, so credit where credits due. Im ready for the oscars now more then ever, bring it

  • 5 2-19-2011 at 10:06 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    Kris did say something to the effect of going with TSN in light of how frequently ACE and AMPAS align on twitter. :)

  • 6 2-19-2011 at 10:07 pm

    americanrequeim said...

    also, ill always wonder how close alice came to a best picture nom…

  • 7 2-19-2011 at 10:39 pm

    sam said...

    inception is hands down the best picture of the year and i just wish it was receiving more oscar attention. I guess the kings speech is just the simplistic bare bones movie that the academy loves. They don’t care about advancing film or originality or complex stories. If not inception, than social network is fine but please kings speech for best picture>?

  • 8 2-19-2011 at 10:50 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    Sam, I think that a lot of people appreciate ‘Social Network’, ‘Inception’, and ‘Black Swan’ but AMPAS skews in a different direction. The king’s speech is a well acted and crafted movie. For barebones Oscar bait, it did very well with critics and audiences. All you can do is appreciate what you see, hear and feel when you sit in the dark room or gaze at your laptop or tv.

  • 9 2-20-2011 at 4:04 am

    Graysmith said...

    According to plan.

  • 10 2-20-2011 at 4:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    An editing award for Alice in Wonderland, a film that lacks any cohesive dramatic shape or rhythm, is pretty inspired, I must say. If the often terrific Chris Lebenzon should be winning any awards this year, they should be for Unstoppable.

  • 11 2-20-2011 at 6:18 am

    JJ1 said...

    I’ll defend Alice to the bitter end. I know it’s not well-received on the internet. But the public fell for it. It wasn’t trashed by critics (50s on metacritic and RT, not 10s or 20s). And I thought the film was absolutely fine without thinking it awful in the slightest. I genuinely watch and see quality visuals, fun performances, and sketchy, but not atrocious writing. That’s just me.

  • 12 2-20-2011 at 9:50 am

    Ben M. said...

    JJ1, I feel the same about Alice, it was fine though far from a great film, and worth seeing for the visuals. But I was surprised how much audiences liked it, it got some of the biggest applause of any movie this year when I saw it.

    The ACE win makes me feel more confident in my prediction for Social Network for the editing oscar but I don’t see there being much of a BP correlation here. My guess is that Social Network might only win editing and adapted screenplay, with director being a toss-up.

  • 13 2-20-2011 at 10:17 am

    Blake said...

    To anyone who thinks Alice in Wonderland was great, good, or even remotely watchable, can you please explain this?


  • 14 2-20-2011 at 11:56 am

    JJ1 said...

    Come on. The Frabjous (spelling?) dance is so hysterically bad that it’s a classic. Me and my cousin bust out in Depp-ish Frabjous dance randomly for fun.

  • 15 2-20-2011 at 4:50 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    @ Blake: Ugh, that scene. Look how Wasikowska and Hathaway just stand there awkwardly. And ACE thought this was the best edited comedy of the year?

  • 16 2-20-2011 at 5:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    There is virtue to the editing that goes beyond structure. Surely that’s not lost on everyone.

  • 17 2-20-2011 at 6:16 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    But structure *is* a part of editing, and if Alice in Wonderland fails in that regard, does it really deserve an ACE award even if its other editing accomplishments were admirable?

  • 18 2-21-2011 at 4:32 am

    JJ1 said...

    I would not have awarded Alice the ACE. But again ….. people liked it. And they like Lebenzon (I think that’s who did this).

  • 19 4-14-2011 at 9:27 am

    Jezza said...

    I don’t think ACE voters had the balls to nominated Jackass 3D in the Comedy Category. As a result Alice won by default.