Not to beat a dead horse but, two top contenders – Warner Bros Dune and MGM/UA’s No Time to Die have vacated 2020/2021 eligibility, which is going to open a door, even if just a creak, to some new contenders.
Jumping up into the top 5 from last month is The Father, from Sony Pictures Classics and edited by Yorgos Lamprinos. Although the entirety of the film takes place in one location, the film’s editing is absolutely crucial in understand the perspective and point of view of Anthony Hopkins’ dementia that both puts us in his head and still allows us as a viewer to understand what’s happening. It’s quite a feat.
New this month is Nine Days (also from SPC). The work by Jeff Betancourt and Michael Taylor as they piece together parts of the lives of multiple people for Winston Duke to survey and overlook in his soul-searching mission is not exactly the type of work that the film editing branch recognizes but definitely should.
I think there’s a place for Jennifer Lame’s work in Tenet, which does an enormous amount of heavy lifting in terms of storytelling for the time-bending film and I’m also keeping an eye on Sound of Metal (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen) because there is a path for that film to earn Whiplash-style nominations.
Here are my ranked 2021 Oscar predictions in Film Editing for October.
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. The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
Other Contenders (alphabetical)
Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)
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
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
Mikkel E.G. Nielsen
Tenet (Warner Bros)
The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Paramount Pictures)