Editors’ Guild Announces the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Nominees

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The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have announced their nominations for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards for film, television, animated features and documentaries. Most of the films that have been in the discussion for Oscar nominations have received mentions including Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and others. As the group mentions in their press release, it’s been thirty years since a film won Best Picture at the Oscar without having an ACE Eddie nomination.

Because the editors’ guild splits the films into two categories, dramatic and comedy or musical, it doesn’t necessarily help us determine which movies will get a Best Picture nomination since we’re essentially looking at ten potential nominees. The most significant aspect of the nominations are what is missing from the nominations, including Tate Taylor’s The Help, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and Nicolas Refn’s Drive, the latter two being on the periphery and needing a boost from the technical branches of the Academy. The Help should still get a big boost from the acting branch, though, and the nomination for Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids (on top of SAG and PGA nominations) means that the raunchy comedy may have more industry support than some expect. Similarly, the nomination for the editing on Steven Spielberg’s War Horse helps what many felt was a film whose chances at the Oscars were waning.

You can read the full press release and list of nominees below:

American Cinema Editors (ACE) today announced nominations for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries. Winners will be revealed during ACE’s 62nd annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, the ceremony will be hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. Later this month ACE will announce the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honoree and two Career Achievement honorees.

NOMINEES FOR 62nd ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

The Descendants
Kevin Tent, A.C.E.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter, A.C.E.

Hugo
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.

Moneyball
Christopher Tellefsen, A.C.E.

War Horse
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

The Artist
Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids
William Kerr & Michael L. Sale

Midnight in Paris
Alisa Lepselter

My Week with Marilyn
Adam Recht

Young Adult
Dana E. Glauberman, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

The Adventures of Tintin
Michael Kahn, A.C.E.

Puss in Boots
Eric Dapkewicz

Rango
Craig Wood, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Mister Softee”
Roger Nygard

Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

Modern Family: “Express Christmas”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Breaking Bad: “End Times”
Kelley Dixon

Breaking Bad: “Face Off”
Skip MacDonald

Friday Night Lights: “Always”
Angela M. Catanzaro

The Good Wife: “Real Deal”
Hibah Frisina, A.C.E.

The Walking Dead: “Save the Last One”
Hunter Via, A.C.E.

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

Boardwalk Empire: “To the Lost”
Tim Streeto

Game of Thrones: “Baelor”
Frances Parker, A.C.E.

Homeland: “Pilot”
Jordan Goldman, David Latham

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

Cinema Verité
Sarah Flack, A.C.E. & Robert Pulcini

Downton Abbey, Episode 1.1
John Wilson, A.C.E.

Mildred Pierce, Part 1
Affonso Gonçalves & Camilla Toniolo

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Joe Bini & Maya Hawke

Freedom Riders
Lewis Erskine & Aljernon Tunsil

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
David Tedeschi

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:

Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations: “Haiti”
Eric Lasby

Beyond Scared Straight : “Chowchilla”
Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Heather Abell, Audrey Capotosta, Maura Corey, Jeremy Gantz & Molly Shock

Whale Wars: “Race to Save Lives”
Eric Myerson, Pete Ritchie & Josh Crockett

Final Ballots will be mailed on January 23 and voting ends on February 9. The Blue Ribbon panels where judging for all television categories and the documentary film category take place January 29. Projects in the aforementioned categories are viewed and judged by panels comprised of professional editors (all ACE members). All 600+ ACE members vote during the final balloting of the ACE Eddies, including active members, life members, affiliate members and honorary members.

The ACE Eddie Awards is considered an integral precursor to the Oscars®. No film has won Best Picture at the Oscars® without also having received at least a Best Editing nomination since Ordinary People in 1981. Since the ACE membership boasts a very high crossover within its membership of Academy® members, it is considered a very accurate bellwether for the eventual Oscar® outcome.

About American Cinema Editors

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing.

The objectives and purposes of the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.

ACE produces several annual events including EditFest (a bicoastal editing festival), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the ACE Eddie Awards, now in its 62nd year, recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries.

The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors.