February 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM EST

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, former EW writer Adam B. Vary sits down with four successful film editors to talk about how cuts and transitions — what one refers to as “the final rewrite” of a film — can make or break its awards season potential.

“I think your mind kind of works like a puzzle,” says Pamela Martin, who has edited films like Hitchcock, The Fighter, and Little Miss Sunshine. “It’s [about] finding the right pieces of performances and weaving all the elements together to make it seamless.”

Watch the full interview with Martin, Lynzee Klingman (Man on the Moon), Mark Goldblatt (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Virginia Katz (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) over at Oscar.com — or download the official Oscars app — to watch more interviews by EW editors with Academy Awards experts.

And if you want to prove your Oscars expertise, fill out our interactive Oscar ballot and compete with your Facebook friends to predict this year’s winners. And don’t forget to join us at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 24, for our live blog of this year’s Academy Awards.


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