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New University Oscar Predictions: Best Editing

In some sense, ‘Children of Men’ is the most unlikely candidate for the Oscar for film editing, as much attention has been drawn to its extremely long, elaborate and deeply immersive handheld camera shots, some of which last up to nine minutes, with all manner of special effects and action choreography throughout. The film probably has the fewest camera cuts of any of the nominees, if not of any film released this year. But that’s what makes the editing itself so impressive: The precisely timed scenes are allowed to play out to their full dramatic effect without the benefit of clever quick-cut film editing on which other special-effects laden films often clumsily rely.
Instead, director Alfonso Cuar