The rants and raves of a teenage cinephile who is just a little bit obsessed with Catherine O'Hara and Hayao Miyazaki.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Golden Cornea Awards 2011: The Editing

I do apologize for the snail's pace at which these awards are being handed out. Unfortunately it's been kind of crazy around here at chez Robert, but I promise to speed things up a bit. Anyway, on to the editing!

5. "Scott Pilgrim Vs the World" - Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss
Obviously this is the most fun entry on the list - sure, it's unapologetically flashy but the great comic-book editing enhances and adds its o
wn injection of humor. Without the brash work of Amos and Machliss, "Pilgrim" would not have been half the fun that it was.

4. "127 Hours" - Jon Harris
Claustrophobic, fast-paced and exhilirating, Jon Harris's editing matches and even exceeds Danny Boyle's vision. And yet, we never lose a minute of the emotion, and Aron Ralston is always and rightfully the focus.

3. "Exit Through the Gift Shop" - Tom Fulford and Chris King
Any self respecting documentary should have good editing, and "Gift Shop"'s editing certainly exceeds that requirement. The seamless and masterful integration of Guetta's indie footage, interviews and narration gives the doc its perfect and unhaltingly fast pace.

2. "Black Swan" - Andrew Weisblum
A flashy display of editing, "Black Swan" swirls along with frightening intensity augmented by the tight and slick cuts. Not to mention the in-your-face shock scares that'll make you jump out of your seat.

1. "The Social Network" - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The impeccable pace of "Network" can be attributed greatly to its masterful editing. The timeline hopping and quick-fire conversations are riveting and undeniably brilliant.

Honorable Mentions: Coen Bros. films are always greatly edited so it's no surprise that True Grit is so well cut; Inception mixes its dream layers with masterful skill and precision; It may not seem like much but The King's Speech is as absorbing as it is thanks much to its editing; every shot in Mother is unbearably precise and tense.

What were your favorite editing achievements of the year? As always, thoughts are more than welcome down below! :)


  1. I had The Social Network and Gift Shop on my list too.
    Honestly, Gift Shop probably has the best documentary editing I've seen. Never does the archival footage seem so coolly woven into the film. In other documentaries there's always the "oh, here's the footage to back up the claim" moment. In Gift Shop that distance is removed. I love that.

  2. Excellent choice (and daring!) to include a documentary. That filmmaking milieu sure has increased in artsiness since the development of all these indie-style movie studios. Scott and 127 had some excellent editing work, but it's hard to compete with those two top contenders. Just re-watched The Social Network, and it's refreshed my confidence in some of its technical achievements.


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