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Does ACE Eddie victory boost 'Social Network's' Oscar hopes?

February 21, 2011 |  8:48 am

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Now that "The Social Network" won the ACE Eddie Award from the American Cinema Editors, it's the favorite to win the equivalent prize at the Oscars: best film editing. As you can see from the chart below, the two awards have matched up for the last five years. Many Oscarologists believe that there is a mysterious connection between the Oscars for editing and the award for best picture -- they've agreed four times in the last five years. Hmmm ... does this mean that "The Social Network" has renewed hope of beating "The King's Speech" for the top Academy Award?

ACE EDDIE AWARD OSCAR: Film Editing OSCAR: Best Picture
2009 "The Hurt Locker" "The Hurt Locker" "The Hurt Locker"
2008 "Slumdog Millionaire" "Slumdog Millionaire" "Slumdog Millionaire"
2007 "The Bourne Ultimatum" "The Bourne Ultimatum" "No Country for Old Men"
2006 TIE: "The Departed," "Babel" "The Departed" "The Departed"
2005 "Crash" "Crash" "Crash"
2004 "Ray" “The Aviator" "Million Dollar Baby"
2003 "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"
2002 "Chicago" "Chicago" "Chicago"
2001 "Moulin Rouge!" "Black Hawk Down" "A Beautiful Mind"
2000 "Almost Famous" "Traffic" "Gladiator"

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: A scene from the "The Social Network." Credit: Columbia Pictures