This is the most underrated and under-appreciated of the major technical categories. Some of the worst Oscars ever awarded came in this category to bloated, over-long films that desperately needed editing (namely Titanic but also Around the World in 80 Days and How the West Was Won). On the other hand, good, crisp editing can do incredible things to a film. And for certain films (Memento, The Hours), the editing is what makes the film a coherent whole. Also, it is a key category for Best Picture. Of the 75 Best Picture Winners since the category began, 42% won Best Editing and 88% were nominated, including the last 28 (many observant Oscar fans accurately predicted before the 2005 Oscars that Brokeback wouldn’t win Best Picture because it was lacking the all important Editing nomination). It is the third best indicator behind Director and Screenplay. Also, every year at least two of the nominees have been Best Picture nominees, usually 3, sometimes 4, and once all 5 (2002).  Of course, this year, with 10 Best Picture nominees, we again have all 5, interestingly enough, something that never happened back in the previous time with 10 BP nominees.

For a long time, 3 films per decade would get nominated only for Best Editing (except for the 70’s, when it happened 6 times), but no film has been nominated just for Best Editing since 1995. It has the third lowest rate of any category behind Picture and Director (only 22 of 380 nominees). The only film to win the Oscar for Best Editing with no other nominations was the initial winner, Eskimo in 1934.

Of the 77 films with 10 or more nominations, a whopping 68 of them were nominated for Best Editing. Oddly enough, even though from 1950 to 1998 only three films won Best Editing without a Best Picture nomination (Grand Prix, Bullitt, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), it’s happened three times in the last decade (The Matrix, Black Hawk Down, The Bourne Ultimatum).

A short list of the Best Editing in the history of film would be the following (in chronological order): Battleship Potemkin, Citizen Kane, Rashomon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The French Connection, The Godfather, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lone Star and Memento.

The best Editing of 27-33 would have been Battleship Potemkin, Metropolis, Nosferatu, All Quiet on the Western Front, City Lights, Vampyr and M.

Of all the categories, Editing is the least dominated by a couple of strong artists.  It is the only category besides Sound Editing (which came into being 30 years later and for years only had two or sometimes even one nominee) that has yet to have anybody reach 10 nominations.  There are three people who have tied with the most nominations: Michael Kahn, William H. Reynolds and Barbara MacLean with 7 nominations each.  Kahn has the most points, with 250, because he’s won 3 Oscars.  Reynolds is tied for second in points with 225, having won 2 Oscars.  He is tied with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, who also has 3 Oscars, but has only 6 nominations.  The others with 3 Oscars are Daniel Mandell and Ralph Dawson, who won three of the first five Best Editing awards, then waited 16 years before his fourth and final nomination (which he lost).

Of all the technical categories, Editing is the place where someone is most likely to have only one nomination.  Of the 280 different editors who have been nominated, 149 of them have only been nominated once, and lost while another 27 have been nominated just once, but won.  This is also where Directors might show up with an extra nomination.  Robert Wise an Oscar nominee before he won his directing Oscars and Hal Ashby was an Oscar winner before his directing career.  James Cameron was one of the winners for the Titanic Oscar (and is nominated again for Avatar) and David Lean and the Coen Brothers (through their pseudonym of Rodrick Jaynes) have also been nominated.

Grades – Winners: B / Nominees: B+ – Seen: 98.13% 99.74% (all but Crazylegs)

Honor Roll: The Great Escape / Day of the Jackal / The Commitments / Hoop Dreams

Shame Roll: Two-Minute Warning

(blue won Best Picture, red was nominated for Best Picture and purple received just the one nomination)

1934 AA: Eskimo

  • Cleopatra
  • One Night of Love

me: It Happened One Night

  • The Gay Divorcee
  • The Thin Man

1935 AA: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • The Informer
  • Les Miserables
  • David Copperfield
  • Lives of a Bengal Lancer

me: Bride of Frankenstein

  • The 39 Steps
  • The Informer
  • Captain Blood
  • Les Miserables

1936 AA: Anthony Adverse

  • The Great Ziegfeld
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Come and Get It
  • Lloyds of London
  • Theodora Goes Wild

me: Modern Times

  • The Petrified Forest
  • Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Secret Agent

1937 AA: Lost Horizon

  • The Awful Truth
  • Captains Courageous
  • The Good Earth
  • 100 Men and a Girl

me: You Only Live Once

  • The Awful Truth
  • A Star is Born
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Sabotage
  • Shall We Dance

1938 AA: The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  • The Great Waltz
  • Test Pilot

me: Grand Illusion

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • You Can’t Take It With You
  • Angels with Dirty Faces

1939 AA: Gone with the Wind

  • Goodbye Mr Chips
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Stagecoach
  • The Rains Came

me: The Wizard of Oz

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Stagecoach
  • Port of Shadows
  • Wuthering Heights

1940 AA: North West Mounted Police

  • Rebecca
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Letter
  • The Long Voyage Home

me: The Great Dictator

  • Rebecca
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • His Girl Friday
  • The Great McGinty

1941 AA: Sergeant York

  • How Green Was My Valley
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Little Foxes
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

me: Citizen Kane

  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Lady Eve
  • Fantasia
  • Suspicion

note:  As with all of Citizen Kane‘s losses, this one just plain boggles my mind.

1942 AA: The Pride of the Yankees

  • Mrs. Miniver
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • The Talk of the Town
  • This Above All

me: Sullivan’s Travels

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Palm Beach Story
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • King’s Row

1943 AA: Air Force

  • Casablanca
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The Song of Bernadette
  • Five Graves to Cairo

me: Casablanca

  • In Which We Serve
  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • The Ox-Bow Incident
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

1944 AA: Wilson

  • Going My Way
  • Since You Went Away
  • Janie
  • None but the Lonely Heart

me: Double Indemnity

  • The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
  • Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Gaslight
  • Arsenic and Old Lace

note:  A truly awful list of nominees.  Wilson is way too long, Janie is fairly un-interesting and none of the rest come close to being worthy of nominations.

1945 AA: National Velvet

  • The Lost Weekend
  • The Bells of St. Mary’s
  • Objective Burma
  • A Night to Remember

me: Spellbound

  • To Have and Have Not
  • The Lost Weekend
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Anchors Aweigh

1946 AA: The Best Years of our Lives

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • The Yearling
  • The Jolson Story
  • The Killers

me: Children of Paradise

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Brief Encounter
  • The Big Sleep
  • Notorious

1947 AA: Body and Soul

  • Gentleman’s Agreement
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • Green Dolphin Street
  • Odd Man Out

me: La Belle et la Bette

  • Great Expectations
  • Stairway to Heaven
  • Brute Force
  • Gentleman’s Agreemen

1948 AA: The Naked City

  • Johnny Belinda
  • The Red Shoes
  • Joan of Arc
  • Red River

me: Treasure of the Sierra Madre

  • Red River
  • Hamlet
  • The Naked City
  • The Lady from Shanghai

1949 AA: Champion

  • All the King’s Men
  • Battleground
  • Sands of Iwo Jima
  • The Window

me: A Letter to Three Wives

  • The Bicycle Thief
  • A Canterbury Tale
  • Thieves Highway
  • The Window
  • Champion
  • White Heat

1950 AA: King Solomon’s Mines

  • All About Eve
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Third Man
  • Annie Get Your Gun

me: Sunset Boulevard

  • The Third Man
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Night and the City
  • All About Eve

1951 AA: A Place in the Sun

  • An American in Paris
  • Decision Before Dawn
  • Quo Vadis
  • The Well

me: A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Strangers on a Train
  • La Ronde
  • Detective Story
  • Ace in the Hole

1952 AA: High Noon

  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Come Back Little Sheba
  • Flat Top

me: Rashomon

  • High Noon
  • Singin in the Rain
  • Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • The Lavender Hill Mob

note:  Unlike the Costume Designs, Art Directors and Cinematographers, the Editors have never much taken to Foreign films, so it is not surprising that Rashomon, with its brilliant editing wasn’t nominated.  Until the 2000’s, only two Foreign films had ever been nominated in this category.

1953 AA: From Here to Eternity

  • Roman Holiday
  • Crazylegs
  • The Moon is Blue
  • War of the Worlds

me: The Big Heat

  • From Here to Eternity
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Stalag 17
  • The Moon is Blue

1954 AA: On the Waterfront

  • The Caine Mutiny
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • The High and the Mighty
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

me: On the Waterfront

  • Rear Window
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Hobson’s Choice
  • The Caine Mutiny

1955 AA: Picnic

  • The Rose Tattoo
  • Blackboard Jungle
  • The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  • Oklahoma

me: Mr. Roberts

  • Bad Day at Black Rock
  • To Catch a Thief
  • Samurai I
  • Mr. Hulot’s Holiday

1956 AA: Around the World in 80 Days

  • Giant
  • The 10 Commandments
  • The Brave One
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me

me: The Seven Samurai

  • The Killing
  • The Searchers
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Forbidden Planet

1957 AA: The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • Sayonara
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Pal Joey

me: The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • Paths of Glory
  • Smiles of a Summer Night
  • 12 Angry Men
  • Sweet Smell of Success

1958 AA: Gigi

  • Auntie Mame
  • The Defiant Ones
  • Cowboy
  • I Want to Live

me: The Seventh Seal

  • Touch of Evil
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Death of a Cyclist
  • Mon Oncle
  • The Defiant Ones

1959 AA: Ben-Hur

  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • The Nun’s Story
  • North by Northwest
  • On the Beach

me: Wild Strawberries

  • The 400 Blows
  • North by Northwest
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Drunken Angel

1960 AA: The Apartment

  • The Alamo
  • Inherit the Wind
  • Pepe
  • Spartacus

me: The Virgin Spring

  • The Apartment
  • Psycho
  • Ikiru
  • The Cranes are Flying

1961 AA: West Side Story

  • Fanny
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • The Parent Trap

me: West Side Story

  • Throne of Blood
  • Yojimbo
  • The Bridge
  • Elevator to the Gallows

1962 AA: Lawrence of Arabia

  • The Longest Day
  • The Music Man
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
  • The Manchurian Candidate

me: Lawrence of Arabia

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Music Man
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1963 AA: How the West Was Won

  • Cleopatra
  • The Cardinal
  • The Great Escape
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

me: The Great Escape

  • Stray Dog
  • High and Low
  • Knife in the Water
  • Ivan’s Childhood

1964 AA: Mary Poppins

  • My Fair Lady
  • Becket
  • Father Goose
  • Hush . . . Hush Sweet Charlotte

me: Dr. Strangelove

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Harakiri
  • Mary Poppins
  • Fail-Safe

1965 AA: The Sound of Music

  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Cat Ballou
  • The Flight of the Phoenix
  • The Great Race

me: Doctor Zhivago

  • Repulsion
  • The Pawnbroker
  • Darling
  • A Thousand Clowns

1966 AA: Grand Prix

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming
  • The Sand Pebbles
  • Fantastic Voyage

me: Morgan

  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  • The Professionals
  • You’re a Big Boy Now
  • The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming

1967 AA: In the Heat of the Night

  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Beach Red
  • The Dirty Dozen

me: Bonnie and Clyde

  • Point Blank
  • Two for the Road
  • In Cold Blood
  • The Graduate

1968 AA: Bullitt

  • Oliver!
  • Funny Girl
  • The Odd Couple
  • Wild in the Streets

me: 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • Bullitt
  • The Producers
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Battle of Algiers

1969 AA: Z

  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Hello Dolly
  • They Shoot Horses Don’t They
  • The Secret of Santa Vittoria

me: The Wild Bunch

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Oh What a Lovely War
  • Z
  • Take the Money and Run

note:  Amazingly Z wins the Oscar, in spite of being the first Foreign Film to even get a nomination.

1970 AA: Patton

  • Airport
  • M*A*S*H
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Woodstock

me: M*A*S*H

  • Patton
  • The Twelve Chairs
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • Catch-22

note:  Woodstock, edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, is the first Documentary to earn three Oscar nominations (it wins Best Documentary and is nominated for Best Sound).  Her assistant editor is Martin Scorsese, who will then employ Schoonmaker as his regular editor for the next 40 years, where she will win 3 Oscars.

1971 AA: The French Connection

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • Kotch
  • Summer of ’42

me: The French Connection

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Walkabout
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller
  • Klute

1972 AA: Cabaret

  • The Godfather
  • Deliverance
  • The Hot Rock
  • The Poseidon Adventure

me: The Godfather

  • Cabaret
  • Deliverance
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Sleuth

1973 AA: The Sting

  • American Graffiti
  • The Exorcist
  • The Day of the Jackal
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull

me: Cries and Whispers

  • Mean Streets
  • American Graffiti
  • The Exorcist
  • Serpico

1974 AA: The Towering Inferno

  • Chinatown
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Earthquake
  • The Longest Yard

me: Chinatown

  • Don’t Look Now
  • The Godfather Part II
  • The Conversation
  • Young Frankenstein

1975 AA: Jaws

  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • Three Days of the Condor

me: Jaws

  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

note:  In my opinion, the best choice of nominees.  Three Days of the Condor was my sixth choice.  No other year lines up with my choices so well.

1976 AA: Rocky

  • All the President’s Men
  • Bound for Glory
  • Network
  • Two-Minute Warning

me: All the President’s Men

  • Solyaris
  • Taxi Driver
  • Network
  • Rocky

1977 AA: Star Wars

  • Julia
  • The Turning Point
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Smokey and the Bandit

me: Star Wars

  • Annie Hall
  • Aguirre – The Wrath of God
  • That Obscure Object of Desire
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

note:  One of the Oscar winning editors on Star Wars is Marcia Lucas, who is now George’s ex-wife.  She has an Oscar and he doesn’t.  I’m sure that doesn’t bother him at all.

1978 AA: The Deer Hunter

  • Coming Home
  • Midnight Express
  • The Boys from Brazil
  • Superman

me: Midnight Express

  • The Ascent
  • Superman
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Heaven Can Wait
  • Watership Down

1979 AA: All That Jazz

  • Kramer vs Kramer
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Black Stallion
  • The Rose

me: Alien

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Breaking Away
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Love on the Run

1980 AA: Raging Bull

  • Coal Miner’s Daughter
  • The Elephant Man
  • The Competition
  • Fame

me: Raging Bull

  • Breaker Morant
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Kagemusha
  • The Shining

1981 AA: Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Chariots of Fire
  • On Golden Pond
  • Reds
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman

me: Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • Gallipoli
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • Atlantic City
  • Ragtime

1982 AA: Gandhi

  • E.T.
  • Tootsie
  • Das Boot
  • An Officer and a Gentleman

me: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Sophie’s Choice
  • The Long Good Friday
  • Missing
  • Diner

1983 AA: The Right Stuff

  • Terms of Endearment
  • Blue Thunder
  • Flashdance
  • Silkwood

me: The Big Chill

  • Terms of Endearment
  • Zelig
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • The Right Stuff

1984 AA: The Killing Fields

  • Amadeus
  • A Passage to India
  • The Cotton Club
  • Romancing the Stone

me: Amadeus

  • A Passage to India
  • The Killing Fields
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Broadway Danny Rose

1985 AA: Witness

  • Out of Africa
  • Prizzi’s Honor
  • A Chorus Line
  • Runaway Train

me: Blood Simple

  • Ran
  • Back to the Future
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Witness

1986 AA: Platoon

  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • The Mission
  • Aliens
  • Top Gun

me: Platoon

  • Stand by Me
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Blue Velvet
  • A Room with a View

1987 AA: The Last Emperor

  • Broadcast News
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Empire of the Sun
  • RoboCop

me: The Princess Bride

  • Broadcast News
  • Hope and Glory
  • The Untouchables
  • Raising Arizona

1988 AA: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • Rain Man
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Die Hard
  • Gorillas in the Mist

me: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • Die Hard
  • Dangerous Liasions
  • Running on Empty
  • Mississippi Burning

1989 AA: Born on the Fourth of July

  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • The Bear
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Glory

me: Glory

  • Born on the Fourth of July
  • Henry V
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors
  • When Harry Met Sally

1990 AA: Dances with Wolves

  • GoodFellas
  • Ghost
  • The Godfather Part III
  • The Hunt for Red October

me: GoodFellas

  • Miller’s Crossing
  • The Killer
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Presumed Innocent

1991 AA: JFK

  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Commitments
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Thelma and Louise

me: The Silence of the Lambs

  • JFK
  • Grand Canyon
  • The Commitments
  • Dead Again

1992 AA: Unforgiven

  • The Crying Game
  • A Few Good Men
  • Basic Instinct
  • The Player

me: Unforgiven

  • The Crying Game
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Player

1993 AA: Schindler’s List

  • The Fugitive
  • In the Name of the Father
  • The Piano
  • In the Line of Fire

me: Nightmare Before Christmas

  • Schindler’s List
  • The Age of Innocence
  • In the Name of the Father
  • Blue

1994 AA: Forrest Gump

  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Speed

me: Pulp Fiction

  • Ed Wood
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Shawshank Redemption

1995 AA: Apollo 13

  • Braveheart
  • Babe
  • Crimson Tide
  • Se7en

me: The Usual Suspects

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • To Die For
  • Les Miserables
  • Toy Story

1996 AA: The English Patient

  • Fargo
  • Jerry Maguire
  • Shine
  • Evita

me: Lone Star

  • Trainspotting
  • The English Patient
  • Fargo
  • In the Bleak Midwinter

1997 AA: Titanic

  • As Good as It Gets
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Air Force One

me: L.A. Confidential

  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Boogie Nights
  • Jackie Brown
  • Grosse Pointe Blank

1998 AA: Saving Private Ryan

  • Shakespeare in Love
  • Life is Beautiful
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Out of Sight

me: Out of Sight

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Ronin
  • Ringu
  • Pleasantville

1999 AA: The Matrix

  • American Beauty
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Insider
  • The Sixth Sense

me: Three Kings

  • American Beauty
  • The End of the Affair
  • Run Lola Run
  • The Sixth Sense

2000 AA: Traffic

  • Gladiator
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Almost Famous
  • Wonder Boys

me: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • Traffic
  • High Fidelity
  • Thirteen Days
  • O Brother Where Art Thou

2001 AA: Black Hawk Down

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Memento

me: Memento

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Amelie
  • Amores Perros
  • Vanilla Sky

2002 AA: Chicago

  • The Pianist
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Hours

me: The Hours

  • Solaris
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

2003 AA: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • Master and Commander: Far Side of the World
  • Seabiscuit
  • Cold Mountain
  • City of God

me: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

  • City of God
  • Lost in Translation
  • Kill Bill Volume 1
  • Mystic River

2004 AA: The Aviator

  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Ray
  • Finding Neverland
  • Collateral

me: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • The Aviator
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Kill Bill Volume 2

2005 AA: Crash

  • Munich
  • Walk the Line
  • Cinderella Man
  • The Constant Gardener

me: Munich

  • Brokeback Mountain
  • King Kong
  • Syriana
  • The Constant Gardener

2006 AA: The Departed

  • Babel
  • Blood Diamond
  • United 93
  • Children of Men

me: United 93

  • The Fountain
  • Children of Men
  • The Departed
  • The Prestige

2007 AA: The Bourne Ultimatum

  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Into the Wild
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

me: No Country for Old Men

  • Atonement
  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Away from Her

2008 AA: Slumdog Millionaire

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Milk
  • Frost/Nixon
  • The Dark Knight

me: Slumdog Millionaire

  • The Dark Knight
  • Milk
  • Wall-E
  • In Bruges

2009 AA:

  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Precious

me:  Inglourious Basterds

  • The Hurt Locker
  • District 9
  • Up
  • Up in the Air

Honorable Mentions:

  • Serpico (1973)
  • The End of the Affair (1999)
  • Black Hawk Down (2001)
  • Casino Royale (2006)