I shudder at the quality of the nominees masquerading in the film editing department of this year's Oscar race. It's to be expected that the frontrunner is always a player, so I'll forgive "The Artist". Of all its below-the-line skills, editing isn't the most deserving, but it'll suffice more than the others. My greatest complaint of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was the choppy as all hell editing job, and it's only beat out by how obscure the work on "Hugo" was and how plainly unimaginative "The Descendants" was. If the world is a good place, they'll give it to "Moneyball", the unsung technical marvel of this year. But that won't happen.
WILL WIN: "The Artist"
SHOULD WIN: "Moneyball"
SHOULD REALLY WIN: "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
2. "The Artist"
3. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
5. "The Descendants"