Moving along in the Fisti Awards, let's take a minute to talk about Film Editing. A film is truly made or broken in the editing room, because this is where the whole tone of a film can be created. If scenes are too long they can lose their impact, but if they are too short they can lack all impact desired. It takes a really keen eye, one attune to what the director is looking for, to make something stellar out of the miles of film they are given.
Oscar tends to go for the VERY flashy here, or default to the Best Picture frontrunners, but as you'll see from my lineup, I only nominate two of my Best Picture nominees here, and none of my nominees are particularly flashy (with one notable exception). While films like American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street had a lot of style gracing their scenes, they were films that suffered from a little too much film.
Also, I want to note that for a while I was taken in by the severe editing style used for Captain Phillips, and it was a nominee (and a contender for the Fisti) for quite some time. But then I rewatched the film and it became clear to me that the editing, while edgy and very notable, was just not enough. The film needed a tighter rein. I love the movie, but it's about twenty minutes too long, especially on a second watch.
So, this is what I came up with:
What are your thoughts? Who did I snub? Which film are you surprised to see included? Which films make your ballot?