By ANOUSHA SAKOUI
July 5, 2021

When Chloé Zhao was nominated for best film editing at this year’s Academy Awards, it boosted the chances that her movie, “Nomadland,” would win best picture.

The Oscar win continued a long-running streak. Every best-picture winner since 1981 — with the exception of 2014’s “Birdman” — had also been nominated for film editing. This statistic tracked closely by Oscar prognosticators illustrates just how vital the role of the film editor is.