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‘Argo,’ ‘Silver Linings’ top ACE Eddie Awards

Pics win for editing in drama, comedy/musical

Argo” and “Silver Linings Playbook” won film honors for editing in drama and comedy/musical, respectively, at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.

William Goldenberg earned the kudo for “Argo,” while Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers did so for “Silver Linings.”

“Brave” won the top prize for animated feature, while “Searching for Sugar Man” did the same for documentary.

Television prizes went to “Nurse Jackie,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Newsroom,” “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” “Frozen Planet” and in the new TV documentary category, “American Masters.”

As previously announced, lifetime awards were presented to Richard Marks and Larry Silk, while Steven Spielberg was given the Ace Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor.

Spielberg informed attendees at the ceremony that sitting with editors early in his career was his personal film school that taught him everything he needed to know as a director.

“When I was first starting out, the editors were the only ones who would let me hang out and watch their process,” said Spielberg. “Everybody here, you are my heroes.”

In addition to describing how he learned about the importance of coverage and b-roll, Spielberg shared a pivotal moment when he observed an editor salvage a poorly performed 2 1/2-minute courtroom monologue. Creating a vocal track from 40 segments of dialogue, the editor spliced together previously seen footage, creating a flashback sequence that supported the monologue.

“This was really innovative for that time period,” said Spielberg. “The director hated it, but I realized I saw something that would lead to new possibilities. Editing was filmmaking.”

Before leaving the stage, Spielberg acknowledged his editor of 37 years, Michael Kahn.

“I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for what you have done for my life,” said Spielberg.

Kahn, adding an Eddie nomination for “Lincoln” to six previous noms, four wins and a lifetime achievement award in 2006, stood up, thanked the director and waived to the crowd.

The full list of winners:

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

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

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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