Veteran editors to receive special kudos
The American Cinema Editors board of directors has tapped veteran editors John Burnett and Tom Rolf to receive Lifetime Career Achievement Awards.
The kudos will be presented Feb. 23 at the 53rd annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
Burnett’s film credits include “The Way We Were,” “Grease,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Sunshine Boys,” “Murder by Death,” “Leap of Faith,” “Rich and Famous” and “…And Justice for All.”
His TV work includes miniseries “War and Remembrance,” for which he won an Emmy Award and an ACE Eddie. He also received an Eddie nom for the TV special “Love Among the Ruins” in 1975.
Burnett became an editor in 1965 on “The Great Race,” with his first film credit in 1967 on “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” He was president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild in 1975 and 1976 and served on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1975-85, performing as executive secretary in the last two of those years.
Rolf’s credits include “The Right Stuff,” for which he received the editing Oscar. He received a BAFTA nomination for “Taxi Driver” and ACE Eddie noms for “The Right Stuff” and “The Horse Whisperer” and won the ACE Eddie for “War Games” in 1983.
Born in Sweden, Rolf immigrated to the U.S. and worked as a ski patrolman. He also served three years in the U.S. Marines. He joined the Motion Picture Editors Guild in the mid-1950s.
His film credits include “French Connection II,” “9½ Weeks,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Heat,” “The Devil’s Own,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Mr. Jones,” “Black Rain” and “Blue Collar.” TV work includes “Burke’s Law” and “The Big Valley.”
Rolf is a past ACE president and is finishing his 10th year as an AMPAS governor. He is editing “Exorcist: The Beginning” for director Paul Schrader.