2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Film Editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Margaret Sixel



No matter what the film, pacing is everything. And most of that happens on the editing room floor. But consider the film that is touted as one giant chase scene in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Obviously a chase scene brings about the idea of tension and suspense, but leaving the throttle on full throughout the entire film would leave an audience feeling exhausted. So to create the perfect blend of ups and downs while steering this out of control and ultimately visionary ship, the editor for the film has to be on their game. To not only keep that tension that is required for a chase scene, but allow for lulls to let the audience calm down and catch their breath. The thrills may come from the effects and performances on screen, but the audience feels they way they feel because of the expert editor behind the computer. I cannot imagine what the dailies for this film had to look like.

What’s its competition? Honestly, there is no other film that wears the Best Film Editing tag better than “Mad Max: Fury Road,” simply because no other film in the category is made or broke by the editing. “The Big Short” is probably the only other real contender that excels in telling a particular story through the editing process and if it is to garner enough support to be Best Picture, it could pull off a win here. That being said, “Mad Max: Fury Road” deserves this category and there’s a chance it will sweep when it comes to the technical awards. It’s got 10 nominations!

Previous nominations? This is the first Academy Award nomination for Margaret Sixel.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) Trailer:


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// Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller //
// Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

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