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The nominees are: William Goldenberg, "Argo"; Tim Squyres, "Life of Pi"; Michael Kahn, "Lincoln"; Jay Cassidy and Crispin Strothers, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, "Zero Dark Thirty."
Who will win: Editing usually goes in lock step with Best Picture, so essentially it's between William Goldenberg's kinetic work in "Argo" and Michael Kahn's fluid pacing of "Lincoln." With "Argo" surging as the front-runner (after wins with all the guilds and the Golden Globes), Goldenberg is likely to take it for "Argo."
Who should win: It's Goldenberg's other nomination, with Dylan Tichenor for the propulsive work in "Zero Dark Thirty," that deserves the win — for compacting so much information and action into two-and-a-half hours.
Make-up and Hairstyling
The nominees are: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, "Hitchcock"; Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"; Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, "Les Misérables."
Who will win: Anthony Hopkins' transformation into Alfred Hitchcock wasn't terribly convincing, and the faces in "The Hobbit" got lost in all those beards. (In spite of the newly renamed category, it's still more about the make-up than the hair.) So give it to the grimy, scruffy look of "Les Misérables."
Who should win: Giving every dwarf in "The Hobbit" a distinctive look was a tough challenge, and meeting that challenge rates an Oscar. (King and Lane are previous winners.)
The nominees are: Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, "Argo"; Wylie Stateman, "Django Unchained"; Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, "Life of Pi"; Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, "Skyfall"; Paul N.J. Ottosson, "Zero Dark Thirty."
Who will win: "Life of Pi" had 11 nominations, second only to "Lincoln," and it's in the technical categories like this one where it will clean up.