There’s a potential for Oscar history in this category as this year finds more women as top tier contenders than ever before.
Only once in the history of the Academy Awards have three women been nominated for film editing in the same year; Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road. Incidentally, this was also the first time two women were nominated for the same film and Sixel is the last woman to win this category. While there are nearly a dozen instances of two women individually nominated for separate films, there has never been three for three films. With Jennifer Lame (Oppenheimer), Thelma Schoonmaker (Killers of the Flower Moon), Michelle Tesoro (Maestro) and Hilda Rasula (American Fiction) all in the running, that could be achieved.
Speaking of Schoonmaker and Oscar history, she could set a new record (or two) herself in this category. She is currently tied with Michael Kahn for both the most nominations (8) and most wins (3) and she is all but assured to at least break the tie of the former. Kahn’s wins all came from his films with Steven Spielberg and likewise Schoonmaker’s wins came from her collaborations with Martin Scorsese.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have to reveal the dates of their ACE Eddie nominations and winner ceremony. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 23, 2024 and the 96th Academy Awards will be held on March 10.
Here are my 2024 Oscar predictions in Film Editing for October 2023.
- Oppenheimer (Universal Pictures) – Jennifer Lame
- Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures) – Thelma Schoonmaker
- Barbie (Warner Bros) – Nick Houy
- Poor Things (Searchlight Pictures) – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
- Maestro (Netflix) – Michelle Tesoro
- The Zone of Interest (A24) – Paul Watts
- American Fiction (Amazon MGM Studios/Orion) – Hilda Rasula
- The Holdovers (Focus Features) – Kevin Tent
- Ferrari (NEON) – Pietro Scalia
- Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures) – Michael Andrews
Next up: Air (Amazon MGM Studios) – William Goldenberg, Anatomy of a Fall (NEON) – Laurent Sénéchal, The Color Purple (Warner Bros) – Jon Poll, The Iron Claw (A24) – Matthew Hannam, Napoleon (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures) – Claire Simpson and Sam Restivo
Other contenders: The Bikeriders (20th Century Studios) – Julie Monroe, The Creator (20th Century Studios) – Hank Corwin, Joe Walker and Scott Morris, Creed III (Amazon MGM Studios) – Tyler Nelson and Jessica Baclesse, Dumb Money (Sony Pictures) – Kirk Baxter, John Wick Chapter 4 (Lionsgate) – Nathan Orloff, The Killer (Netflix) – Kirk Baxter, May December (Netflix) – Affonso Gonçalves, NYAD (Netflix) – Christopher Tellefsen, Origin (NEON) – Spencer Averick, Priscilla (A24) – Sarah Flack, Rustin (Netflix) – Andrew Mondshein, Saltburn (Amazon MGM Studios) – Victoria Boydell