I see a Midnight Sky rising…
George Clooney’s space drama is popping up everywhere on my charts this month and with editing by Oscar winner Stephen Mirrione (Traffic) it might be tough for the branch to say no, especially if it’s flashy in any way.
Probably the biggest change this month though is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom entering the top 5. As I’ve said before, if you’re predicting the film to take both lead acting wins, as many people are, you’ve got to look at who did it before and what their path was. That path included nominations in editing and/or directing so Ma Rainey joins Nomadland, Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and News of the World.
Pieces of a Woman enters the list for the first time and Judas and the Black Messiah could be a contender as well.
Here are my ranked 2021 Oscar predictions in Film Editing for November.
Green – moves up; Red – moves down; Blue – new entry this month
1. Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
2. Mank (Netflix)
3. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
4. News of the World (Universal Pictures)
5. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
6. The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
7. The Midnight Sky (Netflix)
8. Tenet (Warner Bros)
9. Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros)
10. Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Other Contenders (alphabetical)
Nine Days (Sony Pictures Classics)
Jeff Betancourt and Michael Taylor
One Night in Miami… (Amazon Studios)
Palm Springs (Hulu/Neon)
Andrew Dickler and Matt Friedman
Pieces of a Woman (Netflix)
The Prom (Netflix)
Peggy Tachdjian and Danielle Wang
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Paramount Pictures)