The American Cinema Editors (ACE) just announced their nominees for best editing in film, television and documentaries. Known as the Ace Eddie Awards, this is the most prestigious award for film editors, who are sometimes a forgotten element of films, especially by audiences.
The ACE Eddie Awards are also considered an important precursor to the Oscars, since many of the membership are Academy Award voters. Since Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People” in 1981, no film has won Best Picture at the Oscars without also having received at least a Best Editing nomination.
Winners will be revealed during ACE’s annual black-tie awards ceremony on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Next week, ACE will announce the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honoree and two Career Achievement honorees.
One word about film editors: The partnership of editors and directors, and their contribution to the final vision of a film, is central to the success or failure of what’s up on the screen. The great Thelma Schoonmaker has worked with Martin Scorsese since 1967 on his first feature “Who’s That Knocking at My Door,” and has edited every one of his films since “Raging Bull,” winning a total of three Academy Awards in this long partnership.
Scorsese brings her up in almost every discussion of his films and credits her constantly with helping him realize his vision.
Here are nominees for the 64th Annual Ace Eddie Awards:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
- 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker
- Captain Phillips, Chris Rouse, A.C.E.
- Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger
- Her, Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E. & Jeff Buchanan
- Saving Mr. Banks, Mark Livolsi, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
- American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.
- August: Osage County, Stephen Mirrione, A.C.E.
- Inside Llewyn Davis, Roderick Jaynes
- Nebraska, Kevin Tent, A.C.E.
- The Wolf of Wall Street, Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
- Despicable Me 2, Gregory Perler, A.C.E.
- Frozen, Jeff Draheim
- Monsters University, Greg Snyder
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
- 20 Feet from Stardom, Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes
- Blackfish, Eli Despres
- Tim’s Vermeer, Patrick Sheffield
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
- American Masters: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’, Stephen Ellis, Gordon Mason & Phil McDonald
- American Winter, Aaron I. Butler
- The Assassination of President Kennedy, Chris A. Peterson
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
- 30 Rock: “Hogcock! / Last Lunch”; Meg Reticker / Ken Eluto, A.C.E.
- Arrested Development: “Flight of the Phoenix”; Kabir Akhtar & A.J. Dickerson
- The Office: “Finale”; David Rogers & Claire Scanlon
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
- Breaking Bad: “Buried”; Skip MacDonald A.C.E. & Sharidan Williams-Sotelo
- Breaking Bad: “Felina”; Skip MacDonald A.C.E.
- Breaking Bad: “Granite State”; Kelley Dixon, A.C.E. & Chris McCaleb
- Breaking Bad: “Ozymandias”; Skip MacDonald A.C.E.
- The Good Wife: “Hitting the Fan”; Scott Vickrey, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
- Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere”; Oral Norrie Ottey
- Homeland: “Big Man in Tehran”; Terry Kelley, A.C.E.
- House of Cards: “Chapter 1”; Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
- American Horror Story: Asylum: “The Name Game”; Stewart Schill, A.C.E.
- Behind the Candelabra, Mary Ann Bernard
- Phil Spector, Barbara Tulliver, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Tokyo; Nick Brigden