The American Cinema Editors have named two awards champs — three-time Emmy winner Michael Brown and three-time Oscar champ Michael Kahn — as recipients of this year’s lifetime achievement awards. The honors will be bestowed on the two men at the 61st annual edition of the Eddies on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton. In making the announcement, the ACE Board of Directors cited the extensive credits of the two men.
Michael Brown, A.C.E., received his first editing credit on “Green Acres” in 1967. Getting his feet wet in sitcoms was a great foundation for a career that skewed slowly to the more serious side of television in shows like “Banyon” and “The Streets of San Francisco” (1972). After editing his first MOW — the pilot for MTM Enterprises’ “Three for the Road” (1975) — he began editing pilots, TV movies and mini-series along with a few theatrical features. Michael’s talent first received notice with a 1982 Eddie Award nomination for the sweeping historical drama “The Manions of America.”
A nomination for a primetime Emmy came in 1987 for “I’ll Take Manhattan.” His first win was for the 1997 HBO original movie “Miss Evers’ Boys.” Many more nominations and wins followed for Michael — by then established as one of the most prolific film editors in the MOW format — culminating in his most famous movie, “Something the Lord Made.” Telling the story of heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, the film received an impressive 15 award nominations and 11 wins, including an Emmy and an Eddie for Michael. Michael keeps building upon a stellar career that boasts more than 50 TV movies (including pilots), eight HBO films and 10 miniseries. Additionally, eight theatrical features and countless TV episodes of the late 1960s and early ‘70s bear his name his editorial handiwork. His six additional Eddie nominations include “Miss Evers’ Boys,” “The Long Island Incident,” “The Reagans,” “Warm Springs,” “Code Breakers” and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” He also won the Emmy for “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”
Michael Kahn, A.C.E. is best known as Steven Spielberg’s lifelong editor. They first worked together on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1977 and have done twenty-three films together to date. The work Kahn has done with Spielberg has been recognized many times over. He is the recipient of three Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and three ACE Eddies for Best Edited Feature Film (for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”, respectively). He was nominated for three additional Academy Awards (for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Munich”) and four additional ACE Eddies (for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Minority Report” and “Munich”).
Michael Kahn got his start in editing on “Hogan’s Heroes” in 1965. His first feature film assignment was George C. Scott’s, “Rage” (1972). In the five years between “Rage” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” Kahn edited 12 films, including the TV movie “Eleanor and Franklin,” which garnered him an ACE Eddie for Best Edited Television Special. Other credits include: “Poltergeist,” “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” “The Goonies,” “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Arachnophobia,” “Hook,” “Alive,” “Jurassic Park,” “Twister,” “Amistad,” “Catch Me if You Can,” and most recently “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.”