If a film doesn’t have strong editing it can completely fall apart, yet those that excel in the craft rarely get recognized due to the invisible nature of their work. However, each year the American Cinema Editors attempt to highlight the year’s best editing with their ACE Eddie Awards and today we have the nominations for the 63rd iteration.
Splitting up categories into dramatic, comedy or musical, animated and documentary feature, we are also privy to a greater breadth of choices. For the dramatic category, we only have one difference from the Oscar nominations, as Skyfall is recognized in place of Silver Linings Playbook, which ended up in the comedy/musical category. Also included are Moonrise Kingdom, the odd choice of Ted, and my personal favorite pick of Samsara. Check out the rundown below.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
Argo, William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
Lincoln, Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
Skyfall, Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. and William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chris Gill
Les Misérables, Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.
Moonrise Kingdom, Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers
Ted, Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Brave, Nicolas C. Smith, A.C.E.
Frankenweenie, Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon
Rise of the Guardians, Joyce Arrastia
Wreck-It Ralph, Tim Mertens
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Samsara, Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson
Searching for Sugar Man . Malik Bendjelloul
West of Memphis, Billy McMillin
Awards will be announced on February 16th.