Plus: Will 'Les Miserables' score an editing nod or not?
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Chris Dickens - "Les Miserables" - Editing
"Les Miserables" chances of winning best picture actually hinge on whether the editors branch rewards Chris Dickens and Melanie Oliver for their work. Dickens won an Oscar for editing Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," but does the branch actually appreciate his efforts this time around? The criticism/backlash on "Les Miz" has mostly been on director Tom Hooper's overuse of closeups. How that is incorporated into the film, however, is specifically in regards to editing. On the other hand, Dickens and Oliver are key components of the team that helped make the live singing work. Does that help their cause or will they be penalized for Hooper's choices? Or are Academy members immune to the backlash? Complicating matters is the fact that "Django Unchained," "Skyfall" or "Silver Linings Playbook" could easily sneak in. If that happens "Les Miz" is the odd film out.
- Gregory Ellwood