The 95th Academy Awards race: Best Film Editing

| February 24, 2023

The Nominees are . . .
• Mikkel E. G. Nielsen for The Banshees of Inisherin
• Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond for Elvis
• Paul Rogers for Everything, Everywhere All At Once
• Monika Willi for Tár 
• Eddie Hamilton for Top Gun: Maverick

It has been said that film editing is the invisible craft.  It is the least upfront of all of the technical achievements honored at the Academy Awards.  There are two bits of criteria needed to predict the winner.  First, the standard, which is the theory that whoever wins Best Picture also wins the Oscar for Film Editing.  That was once the theory – it hasn’t happened since Argo back in 2013.

The other criteria rests with the film whose editing stands out more – you can see it.  Two candidates this year define that, Paul Rogers for his work on Everything, Everywhere All At Once and Eddie Hamilton for Top Gun: Maverick.  Either could win but my money is on the latter.  Rogers had to keep up with all those shifts in multiverse reality and give the film a narrative that, in lesser hands, could have been a convoluted mess, or worse, a boring one.

The Winner: Paul Rogers for Everything, Everywhere All At Once
The Dark Horse: Eddie Hamilton for Top Gun: Maverick

About the Author:

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.