“Argo,” “The Silver Linings Playbook” And “Brave” win big at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in 2012.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Argo (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) and The Silver Linings Playbook (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. Brave (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and Searching For Sugar Man (edited by Malik Bendjelloul) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).
Television winners included “Nurse Jackie – Handle Your Scandle” (edited by Gary Levy) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Breaking Bad – Dead Freight” (edited by Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “The Newsroom – We Just Decided To (Pilot)” (edited by Anne McCabe, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, Hemingway & Gellhorn (edited by Walter Murch, A.C.E.) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Frozen Planet – Ends of the Earth” (edited by Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series. In a newly created category this year, “American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” (edited by Pamela Scott Arnold) won Best Edited Documentary (Television).
The Student Editing Competition winner was Michael Smith of American Film Institute who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country. Oscar winning actor Jon Voight presented the ACE Eddie Award to the winner.
The legendary Steven Spielberg received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by longtime collaborator and friend Kathleen Kennedy. Spielberg joins an impressive list of filmmakers to receive ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Donner.
Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Richard Marks, A.C.E. and Larry Silk, A.C.E. Last year’s ACE Golden Eddie Award honoree Alexander Payne teamed up with Film Critic Kenneth Turan to present to Marks, whose long and prolific career includes four Oscar nominations (As Good as It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and Apocalypse Now) and an impressive list of credits that includes Serpico, The Godfather: Part II, St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, Dick Tracy and Julie & Julia, among many others.
Esteemed documentarian Barbara Kopple presented to Silk, whose impressive body of work includes two Emmy nominations (One Survivor Remembers and The Twentieth Century (1957). His other credits include some of the most successful and memorable documentaries of their time including the doc that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name (Pumping Iron), the Oscar winning American Dream, Wild Man Blues which, in 1997, was named the Best Documentary of the Year by the National Board of Review and Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Oscar winning Marjoe among many others. Silk also worked extensively in television, editing numerous documentary specials including “Defending Our Daughters: The Rights of Women in the World,” “National Geographic Explorer,” “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” and “Childhood.” He also edited several episodes of the long-running hit series “The Equalizer.” The careers of all three special honorees were highlighted with clip reels and praise from friends and colleagues during the affair.
As is the ACE tradition, editors teamed up with actors and filmmakers to help present awards. In addition to those already mentioned, the list of the evening’s presenters also included editor Michael R. Miller, A.C.E. with Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”), editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E. with David Harewood (“Homeland”), Skip MacDonald, A.C.E. and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans, Jr. (stars of “Happy Endings”), editor Susan Vaill, A.C.E. with Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw (stars of “Grey’s Anatomy”), editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E. and Will Forte (SNL and Alexander Payne’s upcoming film Nebraska), writer/filmmaker Mark Andrews (an Oscar nominee this year for Brave), and one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Supporting Actress Jacki Weaver. VIP guests included Oscar nominees David O. Russell (Director, The Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Lee (Director, Life of Pi), and Producer Frank Marshall, among many others. The evening was presided over by ACE President Alan Heim, A.C.E. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was actor and comedian David Cross.
A full list of winners follows:
63RD ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARD WINNERS
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (ANIMATED)
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E.&Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Searching for Sugar Man
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
American Masters - Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune Pamela Scott Arnold
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight” Skip MacDonald A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)” Anne McCabe, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Hemingway & Gellhorn Walter Murch, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth” Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly
Michael Smith – AFI
Source: American Cinema Editors
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.