Thursday, January 17, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Film Editing

Some good variety on display this year in the arena of Film Editing, and my top five are:

Argo (William Goldenberg):

The absorbing opening sequence which brilliantly splices together archived news footage with meticulously recreated shots is enough to justify a win here, but Goldenberg's prowess doesn't stop there. Every comic beat, emotional queue, and tense moment is expertly made.

The Avengers (Jeffrey Ford, Lisa Lassek):

Ford and Lassek do a very judicious job of delivering an even distribution of all that star power. No camera hogging on their watch! And of the many two-and-a-half hour movies this year, this one is by far the fleetest and most exhilarating.

How to Survive a Plague (T. Woody Richman, Tyler H. Walk):

Masterfully sifting through what we can only assume are hundreds of hours of old home video footage, Richman and Walk assemble a powerful chronicle of a community in crisis.

Looper (Bob Ducsay):

The action is riveting, wryly humourous, and assembled with dynamic flare. Duscay does terrific work with jumpy chronology when the script necessitates it, and employs some interesting crosscutting when things slow down in the second act.

Zero Dark Thirty (William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor)

Even at a robust 157 min, paring down the surplus of footage into a self-contained thriller must have been a daunting task. Goldenberg and Tichenor masterfully command our suspense in several moments, not the least of which was that exhilarating climax.

Just missed: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Dark Knight Rises, Flight,
Rust and Bone, Skyfall

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