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‘Hoop,’ ‘Forrest’ make the film editors’ cut

Film cutters for the ubiquitous “Forrest Gump” and the controversial “Hoop Dreams,” which was edited from 250 hours of raw documentary footage, were rewarded with the American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards for feature and docu editing at the Beverly Hilton Hotel March 18.

Robert Florio earned an Eddie for the best-edited two-hour pic for commercial TV with “A Place for Annie,” a “Hallmark Hall of Fame” special on ABC.

Lee Percy also snagged an Eddie for “Against the Wall” on HBO in the two-hour pic for non-commercial TV division.

Tod Feuerman and Charles Bornstein earned the TV miniseries cutting laurel for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All: Part One.”

Lori J. Coleman won for the “Chicago Hope” pilot in the one-hour TV series division, and Leslie Dennis and Paul Anderson picked up Eddies for “The Larry Sanders Show: The Mr. Sharon Stone Show” in the half-hour TV series section.

Arthur Schmidt, who edited the mix of special effects and panoramic history in “Gump,” said he was thankful to distrib Paramount Pictures for giving him the time to “get the pic right.”

Frederick Marx, Steve James and Bill Haugse won the docu editing award for “Hoop Dreams.”

Director Robert Altman was cited with the group’s top honors as the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year.

Editors David Bretherton and Anne V. Coates were both given career achievement awards.

Julie Wong from Temple U. earned the best student editing nod.

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