Monday, March 8, 2010

Edit sweet

Every time the Oscars come around, it annoys me that they don't judge the editing of a film on its own merit. The film that wins "Best Picture" tends to also win "Best Editing".

It's as if the jury don't really understand what editing involves, and they just throw the award at the most likely candidate. Overly cynical of me? A quick bit of research shows that the last time that the awards were given to two separate film was nearly 20 years ago! (In 1981, 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' won Best Picture, and Robert L. Wolfe won best editing for 'On Golden Pond'). A more in-depth look shows that roughly 2/3's of the films that have won "Best Picture" have also won best editing.

This is just one of the many reasons I object to the Oscars. The fact that it always seems rigged to make some sort of political or social statement is another. But that's a whole other rant.

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