×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Ant-Man,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Among ACE Eddie Awards Nominees

The first industry group to recognize Lucasfilm's box office giant speaks up.

The American Cinema Editors nominated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for best film editing of a dramatic feature Monday. It is the first industry awards group to recognize J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking sequel.

Prior to the film’s world premiere in mid-December, Disney opted out of screening it for groups with early voting deadlines, like the Screen Actors Guild. ACE balloting ran from Dec. 4 through Dec. 29, wrapping up just as the Lucasfilm blockbuster crossed the $600 million mark at the domestic box office in record time.

Raking in another $88 million over the weekend, “The Force Awakens” is on course to eclipse “Avatar’s” all-time mark by the end of Tuesday.

Also nominated in the dramatic category was “The Martian,” contradictory to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s controversial comedy classification earlier this season.

The two films were joined by “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant” and “Sicario.”

In the comedy field, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” was nominated alongside Adam McKay’s housing crisis adaptation “The Big Short,” quasi-Joy Mangano biopic “Joy,” Sundance award winner “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck.”

“Spotlight” was the most notable absentee in the dramatic category. Tom McCarthy’s journalism yarn has become the de facto best picture frontrunner in recent weeks on the strength of consensus awards recognition across the various regional film critics organizations.

Historically, however, the best film editing Oscar category has been a significant barometer for the best picture category, particularly in the last decade. Yet last year’s “Birdman” was the first film since “Ordinary People” to win best picture without a corresponding film editing nomination, snapping a 33-year streak.

“Driving Miss Daisy” was the last film to win the Academy Award for best picture without an ACE nomination, 26 years ago. It was, however, nominated for the film editing Oscar.

ACE nominees for animated features included “Anomalisa,” “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur,” while the documentary category comprised “Amy,” “Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “He Named Me Malala” and “The Wrecking Crew.”

On the television side, episodes from “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” “Fargo,” “Mad Men” and “The Knick” (Steven Soderbergh, under alias Mary Ann Bernard) were among the nominees. Two episodes each from “Better Call Saul” and “Game of Thrones” were recognized, while a 90-minute episode of “Orange is the New Black” found room in the longform category.

Winners will be announced at the 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards on Jan. 29.

Full list of film and television nominees:

FILM

Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Margaret Sixel)
“The Martian” (Pietro Scalia, ACE)
“The Revenant” (Stephen Mirrione, ACE)
“Sicario” (Joe Walker, ACE)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Maryann Brandon, ACE & Mary Jo Markey, ACE)

Best Edited Feature Film – Comedic
“Ant-Man” (Dan Lebental, ACE & Colby Parker, Jr., ACE)
“The Big Short” (Hank Corwin, ACE)
“Joy” (Jay Cassidy, ACE, Alan Baumgarten, ACE, Christopher Tellefsen, ACE & Tom Cross, ACE)
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” (David Trachtenberg)
“Trainwreck” (William Kerr, ACE & Paul Zucker)

Best Edited Animated Film
“Anomalisa” (Garret Elkins)
“Inside Out” (Kevin Nolting, ACE)
“The Good Dinosaur” (Stephen Schaffer, ACE)

Best Edited Documentary – Feature
“Amy” (Chris King)
“Cobain: Montage of Heck” (Joe Beshenkovsky & Brett Morgen)
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” (Andy Grieve)
“He Named Me Malala” (Greg Finton, ACE, Brian Johnson & Brad Fuller)
“The Wrecking Crew” (Claire Scanlon)

TELEVISION

Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
“Inside Amy Schumer” – “12 Angry Men” (Nick Paley)
“Silicon Valley” – “Two Days of the Condor” (Brian Merken, ACE)
“Veep” – “Election Night” (Gary Dollner)

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television
Better Call Saul” – “Five-O” (Kelley Dixon, ACE)
“Better Call Saul” – “Uno” (Skip Macdonald, ACE)
“Fargo” – Did You Do This? No, You Did It!” (Skip Macdonald, ACE & Curtis Thurber)
“The Good Wife” – “Restrain” (Scott Vickrey, ACE)
“Mad Men” – “Person to Person” (Tom Wilson)

Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television
Game of Thrones” – “The Dance of Dragons” (Katie Weiland)
“Game of Thrones” – “Hardhome” (Tim Porter)
“Homeland” – “The Tradition of Hospitality” (Harvey Rosenstock, ACE)
“House of Cards” – “Chapter 39” (Lisa Bromwell, ACE)
“The Knick” – “Wonderful Surprises” (Mary Ann Bernard)

Best Edited Longform (Miniseries or Motion Picture) for Television
“Bessie” (Brian A. Kates, ACE)
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (Maysie Hoy, ACE)
“Orange is the New Black” – “Trust No Bitch” (90 minute episode) (William Turro)

Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” – “Bay Area” (Hunter Gross, ACE)
“Deadliest Catch” – “Zero Hour” (Josh Earl, ACE & Ben Bulatao)
“Whale Wars” – “The Darkest Hour” (Eric Driscoll, Nik Jamgocyan, Chris Kirkpatrick, David Michael Maurer, ACE, Greg McDonald, Marcus Miller & Alexandria Scott )

Best Edited Documentary – Television
“Keith Richards: Under the Influence” (Joshua L. Pearson
“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst – Chapter 1” (Richard Hankin, ACE, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Caitlyn Greene, Shelby Siegel)
“The Seventies: The United State vs. Nixon” (Chris A. Peterson, ACE)

More TV

  • CENTRAL PARK FIVE

    How Spencer Averick Built Suspense Through Editing Ava DuVernay's 'When They See Us'

    For most of the “When They See Us” shoot, director Ava DuVernay worked with two or three cameras, but when it came to shooting the tense courtroom seen where Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise are put on trial, DuVernay shot with four cameras. Editor Spencer Averick says, “We needed [...]

  • Eliot Goldberg

    AMC Networks Unscripted Head Eliot Goldberg Steps Down

    Eliot Goldberg, AMC Networks’ executive vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming for AMC, Sundance TV and BBC America, is departing the company after six years. Marco Bresaz, senior vice president of nonfiction and alternative programming, will lead the nonfiction programming group going forward. Kelly Nash, who was recently promoted to vice president of nonfiction [...]

  • A LITLLE LATE WITH LILLY SINGH

    Lilly Singh Mocks Disney Plus 'Outdated Cultural Depictions' Warnings for Racist Movies

    Lilly Singh lampooned Disney Plus’ disclaimer that certain older movies include “outdated cultural depictions” on her NBC show. The YouTube and late-night TV comedian took issue with Disney’s euphemistic phrasing — pointing out that the warning is really about the “racist” tropes in decades-old movies that were made for kids. Disney Plus includes “a bunch [...]

  • Gloria Calderón Kellett Signs Overall Deal

    Gloria Calderón Kellett Signs Overall Deal With Amazon

    Gloria Calderón Kellett has inked a multi-year overall deal at Amazon. “I have been so blown away by the original series coming out of Amazon,” said Calderón Kellett. “Their commitment to supporting creators, specifically women, has been next level. It’s clear they are committed to supporting outstanding, quality television. When I met the diverse Amazon [...]

  • 'Big Brother' Spain in Storm Over

    'Big Brother' Spain Caught Up in Storm Over Video of Alleged Sexual Assault

    Disturbing footage has emerged of a “Big Brother” Spain contestant being confronted by producers with video of herself allegedly being sexually assaulted by another housemate on the reality show – and then being told not to talk about it with her fellow contestants. Carlota Prado was brought into the “Big Brother” house’s “diary room,” where [...]

  • Dollface TV Show

    'Dollface' Production Crew Balances Grounded Elements With the Bizarre

    Hulu’s new comedy “Dollface” stars Kat Dennings as Jules, a woman jumping back into friendships after breaking up with her boyfriend. Production designer Susie Mancini and prop master Sarah Snyder were tasked with balancing the grounded elements of the show with the satirical and fantastical moments that also exist within the series’ world.  Woom, the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content