“Schindler’s List” continued its juggernaut run toward the Oscars Saturday as Michael Kahn picked up the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for best-edited motion pic of the year.
Kahn’s handiwork beat out a list of heady competitors for the trophy: “In the Name of the Father,””In the Line of Fire,””The Fugitive” and “The Piano.”
In an emotional acceptance speech, Kahn said working on the Holocaust pic was a “great gift” from helmer Steven Spielberg. But he added that the “film’s reality was painful.”
Kahn picked up the award, along with seven other ACE Eddie winners and severalhonorees, at a dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Martin Scorsese was lauded with a career achievement award for a lifetime of well-edited pix. Calling the editing process the “best job in filmmaking,” the Gotham-based helmer said that whenever he steps into the editing room it evokes memories of what motivated him to become a filmmaker.
“It is my favorite part of the filmmaking process,” he said.
Lois Freeman-Fox scored an Eddie for “And the Band Played on” in the non-commercial telepic category. HBO’s much-ballyhooed AIDS drama was reportedly a nightmare cut, prompting one industry wag to venture that Freeman-Fox also deserved a Purple Heart.
In the best-edited commercial telepic division, which one presenter called the toughest because of commercials, Charles Bornstein won for “Murder of Innocence.”
Jon Gregory and Chris Wimble nabbed Eddies for “A Year in Provence” in the TV miniseries category.
Briana Spears London and Sharon Silverman won for “Northern Exposure: A Kaddash for Uncle Manny” in one-hour TV series competition. Stephen Lovejoy’s cutting on a “Tales From the Crypt” seg entitled “People Who Live in Brass Hearses” was honored as the best of the half-hour TV series.
Barry D. Nye and Leslie Farry picked up Eddies for “Survivors of the Skeleton Coast: A National Geographic Special” in the docu division.
John Peter Bernardo, of Boston U., won the best student editing Eddie.
Longtime film cutters Dede Allen (“The Hustler,””Bonnie and Clyde,””Reds”) and Gene Ruggiero (“Ninotchka,””Oklahoma!,””Around the World in 80 Days”) were honored with career achievement awards.
Allen, who was ill in the hospital, sent a video acceptance message. She described the editor as the person who brings order out of “sometimes seeming chaos.”