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'Rings,' 'Pirates' reign at Eddie Awards

“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” took top honors at the 54th annual ACE Eddie Awards Sunday night.

“Rings,” edited by Jamie Selkirk, nabbed the award for feature film/drama, while “Pirates” editors Craig Wood, Stephen Rivkin and Arthur Schmidt shared the prize for feature film/comedy.

“Angels in America: Part 1” editors John Bloom and Antonia Van Drimmelen received the award for miniseries or movie for non-commercial TV.

Scott Powell of “24: 10 p.m.-11 p.m.” took home the prize for one-hour TV series.

Half-hour TV series prize went to Peter Chakos for “Will & Grace” (“Last Ex to Brooklyn” seg). while Mark Conte of “Caesar: Part 2” received the miniseries or movie for commercial TV accolade.

Documentary honor went to “Spellbound,” edited by Yana Gorskaya.

It was a “Princess Diaries” reunion as pic’s stars, Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo and Anne Hathaway, took a break from filming pic’s sequel to present helmer Garry Marshall with the ACE Golden Eddie filmmaker of the year honor.

Lifetime career achievement awards went to Donn Cambern and John A Martinelli.

Sheigh Crabtree received the Robert Wise Award, presented to a journalist whose work has contributed to the illumination of editors and their craft.

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