CINEMA: THE KINDEST CUTS

THEY'RE AS OBSCURE AS GAFFERS, AS SEXY AS GRIPS. BUT IT'S EDITORS WHO GIVE MOVIES THEIR SHAPE AND SNAP. AND THE NOMINEES ARE...

WITH ALL THE PRE-OSCAR handicapping at the office water cooler, you don't hear many hot arguments about who's going to get the Editing award. So next Monday night, when that category is announced--"And the nominees are: Apollo 13, Babe, Braveheart, Crimson Tide and Seven"--and the winner stumbles into the spotlight to thank his mom and the director, almost no one will notice.

And why should we notice, or care? Are we missing anything? Isn't the editor's job just to paste together perfect scenes the director has shot on the set? A lot of Elmer's glue is probably involved.

"The public has...

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