Showdown

Cutter’s Way

Best Oscar-nominated film editing

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A good editor is like a pianist, someone with a sixth sense, working at speed on big shorts and operating out of sight. Editing is all about assembling the matrix of options between takes to compose the conversation with the skill of Amadeus. This takes up all the hours, turning into the longest day, especially when the timeline decides to crash and send us down a fury road like a raging bull. But, upon deliverance, we’re transported to Chinatown or Casablanca—even the City of God. It just takes the right stuff, plus a few good men (and women—we see you, Anne V. Coates). For this Showdown, round up your top ten films nominated for the ultimate place in the sun: the Academy Award for Best Editing. Just don’t forget to save your work (and Private Ryan).

Most mentioned

  • Whiplash
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Parasite
  • GoodFellas
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Raging Bull
  • Citizen Kane
  • Oppenheimer
  • Jaws
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Social Network
  • Star Wars
  • The Godfather
  • The Matrix
  • Memento
  • JFK
  • All That Jazz
  • Apocalypse Now
  • City of God

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Kaio Scott 10 films

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Danny Fain 10 films

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Michael DiMaio 10 films

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optiMSTie 10 films

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nathan 10 films

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NadavK 10 films

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Nicholas 9 films

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Dee 10 films

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Anant Ahuja 10 films

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chandler05 10 films

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Kyle 10 films

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Phantom_Fred 10 films

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Guy Custis 10 films

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Homer Franz 22 films

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brandnewms 10 films

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Tom Depner 10 films

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Jamie Ragins 10 films

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Marek Neu 42 films

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deathmaumau 10 films

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meri 10 films

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PF4Eva 10 films

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C.F. Hellinger 10 films

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Kabir 10 films

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H. Marino 10 films

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JamesDaggs 10 films

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Jon Martin 10 films

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Jasmine 10 films

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jpismyname 5 films

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Drew G 10 films

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Gil 10 films

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Bella 10 films

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kelvin 10 films

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Harrison 10 films

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newfilmeditor 10 films

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remymovies 10 films

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Josh Ethier 10 films

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Yuanwhsu 10 films

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Jordan 10 films

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aidan 10 films

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Simon Meadows 10 films

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Gals 10 films

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FFMMDD 10 films

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Sophie 10 films

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geekyteach81 10 films

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Tucker 10 films

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Luke 10 films

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khizar15 10 films

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molly ⚢ 7 films

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quadrophenia17 70 films

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Brandon 10 films

John

John 10 films

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Sasmit_G 10 films

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Rashed Sazid 10 films

Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan 10 films

Leif

Leif 10 films

Benjamin Clarke

Benjamin Clarke 10 films

Anton

Anton 10 films