THE CONTENDERS: Best Film Editing

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9/19 Thoughts: The assemblage of “Rampart” is something to behold. No surprise it comes courtesy of one of the great unsung editors, Jay Rabinowitz. Meanwhile, I’m opting for a “Se7en”-style nod here for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Good bets:
1. “War Horse” (Michael Kahn)

Other possibilities:
2. “The Artist” (Anne-Sophie Bion)
3. “J. Edgar” (Joel Cox, Gary Roach)
4. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall)
5. “The Ides of March” (Stephen Mirrione)
6. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Dino Jonsäter)
7. “Contagion” (Stephen Mirrione)
8. “Moneyball” (Christopher Tellefsen)
9. “The Descendants” (Kevin Tent)
10. “Hugo” (Thelma Schoonmaker)

Dark horses:
11. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Claire Simpson)
12. “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” (Michael Kahn)
13. “Super 8” (Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey)
14. “Warrior” (Sean Albertson, Matt Chesse, John Gilroy, Aaron Marshall)
15. “The Tree of Life” (Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa)

The rest of the field:
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (Robert Dalva, Jeffrey Ford, Michael McCusker)
“Carnage” (Hervé de Luze)
“Coriolanus” (Nicolas Gaster)
“Cowboys & Aliens” (Dan Lebental, Jim May)
“A Dangerous Method” (Ronald Sanders)
“Green Lantern” (Stuart Baird)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Mark Day)
“The Help” (Hughes Winborne)
“The Iron Lady” (unknown)
“Jane Eyre” (Melanie Oliver)
“Melancholia” (Morten Højbjerg, Molly M. Stensgaard)
“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (Paul Hirsch)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (David Brenner, Michael Kahn, Wyatt Smith)
“Rampart” (Jay Rabinowitz)
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (Conrad Buff IV, Mark Goldblatt)
“Salmon Fishing on the Yemen” (Lisa Gunning)
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (James Herbert)
“Source Code” (Paul Hirsch)
“Sucker Punch” (William Hoy)
“The 13 Women of Nanking” (unknown)
“Thor” (Paul Rubell)
“360” (Daniel Rezende)
“W.E.” (Danny Tull)
“Water for Elephants” (Alan Edward Bell)
“We Bought a Zoo” (Joe Hutshing, Mark Livolsi)
“X-Men: First Class” (Eddie Hamilton, Lee Smith)
“Young Adult” (Dana Glauberman)