"Steven Spielberg is a cinematic treasure,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “For over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling. As one of the most successful directors in history, he has brought us beloved films, which have not only delighted us but have been indelibly woven into our cultural fabric. Throughout it all, he has worked side by side with the great Michael Kahn, A.C.E., forming a director-editor partnership that has lasted decades. It is our pleasure to recognize him with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor, especially in a year where he has, once again, created a masterpiece with his latest film, Lincoln.”
Spielberg is one of the entertainment industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers and a principal partner of DreamWorks Studios. He is the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as JAWS, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise and Jurassic Park, earning billions at the box office. He is a three-time Academy Award winner, having won his first two for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler’s List, which received a total of seven Oscars that year. He won his third Oscar for Best Director for the WWII epic drama Saving Private Ryan. It was also one of the year’s most honored films, earning four additional Oscars, as well as two Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director. He also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Throughout his career he has also earned a staggering eleven DGA Award nominations, making him the most honored member of the DGA. Last year he successfully took on the challenge of working in 3D animation with The Adventures of Tintin, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Last year he also directed War Horse, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Most recently, Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals,” with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. The film opened November 9th to critical acclaim and has earned over $145 million at the domestic box office to date. It will release internationally in early 2013.
Source: American Cinema Editors