By Ray Pride

The 2014 ACE Eddie Editing Awards

“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.

The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.

“Lego Movie” (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Citizenfour”  (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).

Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock – His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television,  “True Detective – Who Goes There” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, “The Normal Heart” (edited by Adam Penn) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown:  Iran” (edited by Hunter Gross) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series.  In the Best Edited Documentary (Television) category and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life” (edited by Erik Ewers) took top honors.

The Student Editing Competition winner was Johnny Sepulveda of Video Symphony who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country.  Oscar® nominated director of BOYHOOD Richard Linklater presented the award to Sepulveda.

Award-winning filmmaker Frank Marshall received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by Chris Pratt.  Marshall joins an impressive list of filmmakers who have received ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Alexander Payne, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner, among others.

Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Diane Adler, ACE and Jerry Greenberg, ACE.  Their work was highlighted with clip reels exhibiting their tremendous contributions to film and television throughout their careers. The Robert Wise Award, which has only been presented a few times in the organizations history, was presented to journalist Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter.  The Robert Wise Award is presented to a journalist whose work has helped illuminate the craft of editing.

Among the evening’s presenters were Matt Damon, Chris Pratt, Rene Russo, Allen Leech (DOWNTON ABBEY, THE IMITATION GAME), Robin Leach, NIGHTCRAWLER director Dan Gilroy, Jeff Garlin and Amanda Fuller (LAST MAN STANDING).  Serving as Master of Ceremonies was actress/comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub.

A full list of winners follows:


Sandra Adair, ACE

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling

Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay

Mathilde Bonnefoy

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life
Erik Ewers

Veep: “Special Relationship”
Anthony Boys

Sherlock: “His Last Vow”
Yan Miles

True Detective: “Who Goes There”
Affonso Gonçalves

The Normal Heart
Adam Penn

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Iran
Hunter Gross

Johnny Sepulveda (Video Symphony)

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950.  Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing.

The objectives and purposes of the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.

ACE produces several annual events including EditFest (an international editing festival), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the ACE Eddie Awards, now in its 65th year, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors.


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