This just-announced dramatic feature ACE (American Cinema Editors) nominees are Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.), The Fighter (Pamela Martin), Inception (Lee Smith, A.C.E.), The King’s Speech (Tariq Anwar) and The Social Network (Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter).

The Best Edited Comedy or Musical noms went to Alice in Wonderland (Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.), Easy A (Susan Littenberg), The Kids Are All Right (Jeffrey M. Werner), Made in Dagenham (Michael Parker), and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss).

I’d really like to read a paragraph or two explaining how the cutting in Easy A, which I thought was perfectly fine, is so good that it deserves an ACE Award. I’m not disputing the reasoning behind this — I’d just like to hear it explained with precision and feeling.

The three nominees for Bst Edited Animated Film are Despicable Me (Gregory Perler & Pam Ziegenhagen), How To Train Your Dragon (Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. & Darren T. Holmes, A.C.E.) and Toy Story 3 (Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich, A.C.E.).

This dramatic feature noms echo the DGA nominations to the extent that True Grit again didn’t make the dramatic feature film cut. It’s generally accepted that Best Picture nominees are looking at diminished odds if they haven’t been nominated by the major guilds. In this sense MCN’s David Poland (“True Grit is now the Best Picture frontrunner“) has some ‘splainin’ to do.