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Precursors: ACE Eddie and National Society of Film Critics announce, PGA and WGA next

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Get ready for the busiest and most important part of the awards season folks. Yes, with so many precursors beginning to announce again this week, including the Guilds, I’m going to have to fold more than one announcement into a single piece each day. It’s not exactly a problem as much as it is an embarrassment of riches, but still…it bears mentioning. Things are coming in hot and heavy as the Academy makes their final decisions, so pay attention to what happens in the coming days, especially before the Oscar voting deadline hits. We could see certain things get a last minute push at just the right time. We shall see if it leads to anything interesting, but snubs this week are far from ideal, though in specific cases aren’t a huge deal. Anyway, time to get down to business…

What you’ll see below is two precursor announcements as well as two guild predictions for announcements later to come this week. In that first section, we have the American Cinema Editors presenting the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards, which gave life to a few contenders while oddly snubbing Spotlight. We also have, from over the weekend, the final critics award, coming from the National Society of Film Critics, who gave their top prize to Spotlight, as you might have guessed (agony and ecstasy for that film today). Those are the announcements that I’m catching up with, but I’m also trying to get in front of the guild nominations as well, which is up next.

As mentioned just now, in addition to what I’m recapping here, I’m also putting forward my predictions for what will happen this week when the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America announce their nominations. PGA is probably the most important Academy Award barometer, while WGA is the least noteworthy of the guilds, but suffice to say…this is an important week for Oscar contention. You’ll see what I have below, but obviously stay tuned to see what ends up getting nominated. We’ll have it all here when it happens, so sit tight. Exciting times are ahead, that’s for sure…

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First up, here’s the ACE Eddie nominations from a few hours earlier today:


Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Margaret Sixel)
“The Martian” (Pietro Scalia, ACE)
“The Revenant” (Stephen Mirrione, ACE)
“Sicario” (Joe Walker, ACE)
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Maryann Brandon, ACE & Mary Jo Markey, ACE)

Best Edited Feature Film – Comedic
“Ant-Man” (Dan Lebental, ACE & Colby Parker, Jr., ACE)
“The Big Short” (Hank Corwin, ACE)
“Joy” (Jay Cassidy, ACE, Alan Baumgarten, ACE, Christopher Tellefsen, ACE & Tom Cross, ACE)
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (David Trachtenberg)
“Trainwreck” (William Kerr, ACE & Paul Zucker)

Best Edited Animated Film
“Anomalisa” (Garret Elkins)
“Inside Out” (Kevin Nolting, ACE)
“The Good Dinosaur” (Stephen Schaffer, ACE)

Best Edited Documentary – Feature
“Amy” (Chris King)
“Cobain: Montage of Heck” (Joe Beshenkovsky & Brett Morgen)
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” (Andy Grieve)
“He Named Me Malala” (Greg Finton, ACE, Brian Johnson & Brad Fuller)
“The Wrecking Crew” (Claire Scanlon)


Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
“Inside Amy Schumer” – “12 Angry Men” (Nick Paley)
“Silicon Valley” – “Two Days of the Condor” (Brian Merken, ACE)
“Veep” – “Election Night” (Gary Dollner)

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television
“Better Call Saul” – “Five-O” (Kelley Dixon, ACE)
“Better Call Saul” – “Uno” (Skip Macdonald, ACE)
“Fargo” – Did You Do This? No, You Did It!” (Skip Macdonald, ACE & Curtis Thurber)
“The Good Wife” – “Restrain” (Scott Vickrey, ACE)
“Mad Men” – “Person to Person” (Tom Wilson)

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television
“Game of Thrones” – “The Dance of Dragons” (Katie Weiland)
“Game of Thrones” – “Hardhome” (Tim Porter)
“Homeland” – “The Tradition of Hospitality” (Harvey Rosenstock, ACE)
“House of Cards” – “Chapter 39” (Lisa Bromwell, ACE)
“The Knick” – “Wonderful Surprises” (Mary Ann Bernard)

Best Edited Longform (Miniseries or Motion Picture) for Television
“Bessie” (Brian A. Kates, ACE)
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (Maysie Hoy, ACE)
“Orange is the New Black” – “Trust No Bitch” (90 minute episode) (William Turro)

Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” – “Bay Area” (Hunter Gross, ACE)
“Deadliest Catch” – “Zero Hour” (Josh Earl, ACE & Ben Bulatao)
“Whale Wars” – “The Darkest Hour” (Eric Driscoll, Nik Jamgocyan, Chris Kirkpatrick, David Michael Maurer, ACE, Greg McDonald, Marcus Miller & Alexandria Scott )

Best Edited Documentary – Television
“Keith Richards: Under the Influence” (Joshua L. Pearson
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst – Chapter 1” (Richard Hankin, ACE, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Caitlyn Greene, Shelby Siegel)
“The Seventies: The United State vs. Nixon” (Chris A. Peterson, ACE)

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Next, this is what the National Society of Film Critics cited yesterday:

Best Picture – Spotlight

Best Director – Tadd Haynes for Carol

Best Actor – Michael B. Jordan for Creed

Best Actress – Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years

Best Supporting Actor – Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress – Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria

Best Screenplay – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

Best Cinematography – Ed Lachman for Carol

Best Foreign Language Film – Timbuktu

Best Non Fiction Film – Amy

Film Heritage – Film Society of Lincoln Center/Jake Perlin, Michelle Materre, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986

Film Heritage – Criterion Collection/LiImmagine Ritrovate for the restoration and packaging of The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray

Film Heritage – Association Chaplin for supervising the digital restoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Essanay Films

Special Citation for a Film Awaiting American Distribution – Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below

Now, on to some predictions, as promised…

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In advance of tomorrow’s Producers Guild of America nominations, this is what I think the ten will look like in their main category:

The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Alternates: Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Creed, Sicario, Steve Jobs, and Straight Outta Compton

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Finally, these are my predictions for Wednesday’s announcement of the Writers Guild of America nominations:


The Big Short
The Martian
The Revenant
Steve Jobs

Alternates: Beasts of No Nation, Creed, and Trumbo


Bridge of Spies
Love & Mercy

Alternates: Joy, Straight Outta Compton, and Tangerine

Stay tuned for plenty more precursor announcements this week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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