ACE Eddie Awards winners: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Inside Out’ …

Winners of the 66th annual edition of the Golden Eddie Awards bestowed by the American Cinema Editors were announced Friday. These kudos, honoring the best cutting in film and television, were handed out in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Gold Derby contributor Matt Noble attended and recaps the awardsfest above. 

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Two of the Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing — Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road“) and Hank Corwin (“The Big Short“) — picked up the drama and comedy awards. Sixel edged out two of her other rivals at the Oscars — “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — as well as “The Martian” and “Sicario.” Corwin prevailed over “Ant-Man,” “Joy,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Trainwreck.” The fifth Oscar nominee —  Tom McArdle (“Spotlight”) — was snubbed by the guild. 

Since 1990, the film that came up with the ACE went on to win the top prize at the Academy Awards 17 times while its editor(s) won 19 races. In six of the eight years when the ACE barometer was wrong, the Eddie champ was at least a contender for Best Picture, including last year when both the drama winner (“Boyhood“) and the comedy champ (“The Grand Budapest Hotel“) were among the seven Best Picture nominees that lost to “Birdman.” While the editors of “Birdman,” Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione, contended with the guild they were snubbed by the editors branch of the academy.

In 2007, neither of the Eddie winners — “The Bourne Ultimatum” nor “Sweeney Todd” — made the final five contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars and in 1999 the same fate befell “The Matrix” and “Being John Malkovich.”


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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