Beverly Hills — This past weekend, the 64th Annual A.C.E. Eddie Awards (ace-filmeditors.org) were presented. The Eddies hold special meaning for these nominees and winners because they are voted on by their peers — editors.
Christopher Rouse, A.C.E., who picked up the award in the category of Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) for his work on “Captain Phillips,” refers to the win as a “surprise. The other nominees in my category had done truly fantastic work, and we weren’t considered the front-runner.
“I’m so appreciative of the award and to A.C.E. It’s an absolutely wonderful feeling to be acknowledged like that by your peers,” he says. “Tremendously validating. And overwhelming. There were so many talented people in the room that night, including two the two brilliant editors who took lifetime achievement awards: Richard Halsey and Bobby Jones. I was incredibly lucky to have apprenticed for Richard and assisted Bobby; both of them were great teachers.”
The Eddie Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) award went to Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E. for their work on “American Hustle.”
“Frozen” (edited by Jeff Draheim) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “20 Feet From Stardom” (edited by Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).
Television winners included ”The Office – Finale” (edited by David Rogers and Claire Scanlon) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Breaking Bad – Felina” (edited by Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “Homeland – Big Man in Tehran” (edited by Terry Kelley, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, “Behind The Candelabra” (edited by Mary Ann Bernard)for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown: Tokyo” (edited by Nick Brigden) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series.
In the Best Edited Documentary (Television) category, which was newly created last year, “The Assasination of President Kennedy” (edited by Chris A. Peterson) took top honors.
The Student Editing Competition winner was Ambar Salinas of Video Symphony who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country. Oscar-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch, A.C.E. presented the ACE Eddie Award to the Salinas.
Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by “Captain Phillips” lead actor Tom Hanks. Greengrass joins a list of filmmakers who have received ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Alexander Payne, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner, among others.
Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Richard Halsey, A.C.E. and Robert C. Jones with the Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Teri Schwartz presenting to Halsey and Warren Beatty presenting to Jones.
The very special Heritage Award, which has only been presented a few times in the organizations history, was presented by ACE President Alan Heim, A.C.E. to Randy Roberts, A.C.E. for his lengthy and unwavering commitment to the organization. The Heritage Award is not presented every year, only when warranted by an outstanding individual.
Among the evening’s presenters were Warren Beatty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Will Forte, June Squibb, Peter Krause, Hamish Linklater, Sarah Paulson, James Wolk, Walter Murch, Michiel Huisman and Steve Coogan. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was actor Bob Odenkirk.
Here is a full list of winners:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
Christopher Rouse, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
20 Feet from Stardom
Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
The Assassination of President Kennedy
Chris A. Peterson
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
The Office: “Finale”
David Rogers & Claire Scanlon
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Breaking Bad: “Felina”
Skip MacDonald A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Homeland: “Big Man in Tehran”
Terry Kelley, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Behind the Candelabra
Mary Ann Bernard
BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Tokyo
BEST STUDENT EDITING
Ambar Salinas, Video Symphony
Main Photo Caption: Leonardo DiCaprio with Chris Rouse, A.C.E. (Winner – Best Edited Feature Film/Dramatic for ‘Captain Phillips’) ©Linda Treydte / Tilt Photo