Oscars: ‘Dragon Tattoo’ gets editing win despite no best picture nom

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At most Oscars, the award for film editing goes to the movie that wins best picture. This year, there’s no chance.

‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ editors Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall took the prize, but that film, based on the bestselling Swedish novel, isn’t even one of the nine pictures nominated for best picture.

In the prior decade, only three movies have won the best editing prize but didn’t win best picture. Only one, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ won editing but wasn’t even nominated for best picture.

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The surprise win for ‘Dragon Tattoo’ is early evidence that no matter which movie wins the top prize, this year’s Academy Awards won’t feature a sweep by a single favorite of the voters.

Also unusual about this year’s Oscar for best editing: Baxter and Wall won for the second time in a row. Last year they took home the prize for ‘The Social Network.’


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— Ben Fritz