Editing. It is a fundamental component to the film form. Without it…oh man, I’m getting sick of writing the preambles in these articles. Best Editing is an Oscar category. We all know this. Let’s get into it.
Will Win: Dunkirk
Could Win: Baby Driver
Should Win: Baby Driver
The difference here is whether the Academy is going to go with the bigger overall Oscar contender or the film that has the most intricate and difficult editing.
The I, Tonya editing is snappy, but the film did not show up in other categories like it was trying to do with its January wide release. The editing nod for The Shape of Water helps its Best Picture chances, sure, but it is by no means the most impressive editing job of the bunch.
No, I think this race comes down to Dunkirk versus Baby Driver. And honestly, I think Baby Driver has the better edit job. Dunkirk is a better film with a bigger technical scope, which means it will probably be the one to actually win. But Baby Driver has those scenes whose edit points are quick and in rhythm to the beat of the music. It is the edit of a musical.
All the same, Dunkirk is the safe choice here.
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