Friday, February 1, 2013

Best Film Editing: 1930s

1930: Hell's Angels (Douglass Biggs and Frank Lawrence)

1931: City Lights (Charles Chaplin and Willard Nico)

1932: Love Me Tonight (Rouben Mamoulian and William Shea)

1933: 42nd Street (Thomas Pratt and Frank Ware)

1934: Les Misérables (Charlotte Guilbert)
Oscar winner: Eskimo (Conrad Nervig)
Was this nominated?: No

1935: The 39 Steps (D.N. Twist)
Oscar winner: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ralph Dawson)
Was this nominated?: No

1936: Sabotage (Charles Frend)
Oscar winner: Anthony Adverse (Ralph Dawson)
Was this nominated?: No

1937: The Awful Truth (Al Clark)
Oscar winner: Lost Horizon (Gene Havlick and Gene Milford)
Was this nominated?: Yes

1938: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Ralph Dawson)
Oscar winner: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Ralph Dawson)

1939: Beau Geste (Thomas Scott)
Oscar winner: Gone with the Wind (Hal C. Kern and James E. Newcom)
Was this nominated?: No

Note: This category began at the Oscars in 1934.

Updated: 9/5/14


  1. YAY! I always find others approach to awarding this category interesting. There are so many ways to look at strength in editing. Is it flashy, is it seamless, is it gutted, does it flow? I just love this category.

    I'll only comment on 1939, since it's the one year where I have a complete ballot in all categories. My winner is Beaue Geste. I found Only Angels Have Wings to have narrative issues, which I attribute to editing a lot, so it isn't on my ballot. I nominate Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, The Roaring Twenties and Le Jour se Leve as well.

    I just love that year.

    1. Yeah, Only Angels Have Wings barely beats Gone with the Wind and The Roaring Twenties, but I suspect my winner here will change in due time. Need to see Beaue Geste and Le Jour se Leve.

  2. Another magnificent list!