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ARGO, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK And BRAVE Win Big At 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards

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“Argo” (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) and “The Silver Linings Playbook” (edited byJay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.

The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.  “Brave” (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Searching For Sugar Man”  (edited by Malik Bendjelloul) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included ”Nurse Jackie – Handle Your Scandle” (edited by Gary Levy) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Breaking Bad – Dead Freight” (edited by Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television,  “The Newsroom – We Just Decided To (Pilot)” (edited by Anne McCabe, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (edited by Walter Murch, A.C.E.) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Frozen Planet – Ends of the Earth” (edited by Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series.  In a newly created category this year, “American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” (edited by Pamela Scott Arnold) won Best Edited Documentary (Television).

The Student Editing Competition winner was Michael Smith of American Film Institute who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country.  Oscar® winning actor Jon Voight presented the ACE Eddie Award to the winner.

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The legendary Steven Spielberg received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by longtime collaborator and friend Kathleen Kennedy.  Mr. Spielberg joins an impressive list of filmmakers to receive ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Donner.

Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Richard Marks, A.C.E. and Larry Silk, A.C.E.  Last year’s ACE Golden Eddie Award honoree Alexander Payne teamed up with Film Critic Kenneth Turan to present to Mr. Marks, whose long and prolific career includes four Oscar® nominations (“As Good as It Gets,” “Broadcast News,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Apocalypse Now”) and an impressive list of credits that includes “Serpico,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Say Anything,” “Dick Tracy” and “Julie & Julia,” among many others. Esteemed documentarian Barbara Kopple presented to Mr. Silk, whose impressive body of work includes two Emmy® nominations (“One Survivor Remembers” and “The Twentieth Century (1957)”.   His other credits include some of the most successful and memorable documentaries of their time including the doc that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name (“Pumping Iron”), the Oscar® winning “American Dream”, “Wild Man Blues” which, in 1997, was named the Best Documentary of the Year by the National Board of Review and Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Oscar® winning “Marjoe” among many others.  Mr. Silk also worked extensively in television, editing numerous documentary specials including “Defending Our Daughters: The Rights of Women in the World,” “National Geographic Explorer,”

“Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” and “Childhood.” He also edited several episodes of the long-running hit series “The Equalizer.”  The careers of all three special honorees were highlighted with clip reels and praise from friends and colleagues during the affair.

As is the ACE tradition, editors teamed up with actors and filmmakers to help present awards.  In addition to those already mentioned, the list of the evening’s presenters also included editor Michael R. Miller, A.C.E. with Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”), editor Jordan Goldman, A.C.E.  with David Harewood (“Homeland”), Skip MacDonald, A.C.E. and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”),Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans, Jr. (stars of “Happy Endings”), editor Susan Vaill, A.C.E. with Kevin McKidd and Jessica Capshaw (stars of “Grey’s Anatomy”), editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E. and Will Forte (SNL and Alexander Payne’s upcoming film “Nebraska”), writer/filmmaker Mark Andrews (an Oscar® nominee this year for “Brave”), and one of this year’s Oscar® nominees for Best Supporting Actress Jacki Weaver.   VIP guests included Oscar® nominees David O. Russell (Director, The Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Lee (Director, “Life of Pi”), and Producer Frank Marshall, among many others.  The evening was presided over by ACE President Alan HeimA.C.E.  Serving as Master of Ceremonies was actor and comedian David Cross.

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A full list of winners follows:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
Argo
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers

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BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (ANIMATED)
Brave
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul

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BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune
Pamela Scott Arnold

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Nurse Jackie: “Handle Your Scandal” 
Gary Levy

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight”
Skip MacDonald A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)”
Anne McCabe, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Walter Murch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth”
Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly

STUDENT COMPETITION
Michael Smith – AFI

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