Oscars 2015: 8 Movies That Should Win (But Totally Won't)
8. Best Editing
Should Win: Whiplash Will Win: Boyhood The clue's in the title. Whiplash is edited at breakneck speed, then, in its slower moments, it paces itself to expertly ratchet up the tension in expectation for the next moment of brutal drama. Editor Tom Cross basically controls your pulse with this movie. Boyhood is the kind of movie that probably won't happen again in a lifetime, and the seamless edit by Sandra Adair contributes to the feeling that it's just one long memory as opposed to an actual feature film. The thing is that Boyhood is probably already likely to clean up (providing Birdman doesn't steal its thunder), a shoo-in for Best Picture and maybe even Best Director too. Whiplash, on the other hand, deserves more than it's ultimately going to get: a (deserved) Best Supporting Actor prize for JK Simmons and nothing else. And yet no one can honestly say it's not just a perfect example, moreso than any other film it's up against in its category, of how to craft a movie in the editing bay.
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