A.C.E. Nominations Announced

11 01 2008

The nominations for the 2008 Eddie Awards (given by the American Cinema Editors, the honorary organization of professional editors), have been announced.

For years, I’ve been saying that these awards are a pretty good predictor of the Best Picture winner in the Oscars. In last week’s piece in the New York Times (see my blog entry about it), they made the same point, though they gave a much more intelligent set of reasons than I do. They talked about editing being a sum total of many of the filmic arts. Me? I think it’s because most of the Academy have the foggiest notion what it is we do, so when they get to the Best Editing category on their ballots they think to themselves: “Hmmm, I liked that film” and then check it off. As a result, the two categories rub off on each other.

Of course, this doesn’t work when the Best Edited Film is a flashy, many-edits, movie (or when Thelma Schoonmaker is nominated). But, when you’re filling out your Oscar pool form at the office, remember that most of the voters are actors.

Whatever that means.

However, to return to the subject I initially start with, ACE announced its awards yesterday. You can find them listed on the ACE nomination page. However, for those of you who are too busy to click on the link above and wait for a new page to load, here are the nominees. The awards will be presented in a black tie dinner/ceremony on February 17, 2008 (just be glad that you don’t have to see me waddle around in a tux; it’s not a pretty sight)

NOMINEES FOR 58TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

The Bourne Ultimatum (Christopher Rouse, A.C.E.)
Into the Wild (Jay Cassidy, A.C.E.)
Michael Clayton (John Gilroy, A.C.E.)
No Country for Old Men (Roderick Jaynes)
There Will Be Blood (Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

Hairspray (Michael Tronick, A.C.E.)
Juno (Dana E. Glauberman)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (Craig Wood & Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E.)
Ratatouille (Darren Holmes, A.C.E.)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

30 Rock: “The C Word” (Ken Eluto, A.C.E.)
Californication: “Hell-A Woman” (Shannon Mitchell)
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “The Bat Mitzvah” (Steven Rasch, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Chuck: “Pilot” (Norman Buckley, A.C.E.)
Damages: “Pilot” (Malcolm Jamieson)
Law & Order SVU: “Paternity” (Karen Stern, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Dexter: “It’s Alive” (Stewart Schill)
Rome: “De Patre Vostro” (David Siegel, A.C.E.)
The Sopranos: “Made in America” (Sidney Wolinsky, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Michael Ornstein, A.C.E. & Michael Brown, A.C.E.)
Life Support (Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E.)
PU-239 (Tatiana S. Riegel A.C.E. and Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

The Company: Night 2 (Scott Vickery, A.C.E. and Robert Ferretti, A.C.E.)
Lost: Through the Looking Glass (Henk Van Eeghen, A.C.E., A.C.E. Mark J. Goldman, Stephen Semel, A.C.E., Christopher Nelson, A.C.E.)
Pictures of Hollis Woods (Paul Dixon, A.C.E.)

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:

Darfur Now (Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E. & Leonard Feinstein)
The Pixar Story (Leslie Iwerks & Stephen Myers, A.C.E.)
Sicko (Geoffrey Richman, Chris Seward & Dan Swietlik)

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:

Cops “Country Love” (Chuck Montgomery, A.C.E. & Michael Glickman)
Dancing With The Stars “404” (Pam Malouf, A.C.E., Hans Van Riet & David Timoner)
Man Vs. Wild “Everglades” (Ben Holder & Mike Denny)

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