On Friday, January 27th, in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the American Cinema Editors (ACE) recognized the best editing of the year in film, television and documentaries at the 67th annual ACE Eddie Awards.
Avid is honored to continue it’s sponsorship of this special event and to support the many talented editors in their craft of storytelling.
The celebrations kicked off on Wednesday, January 25th, at the Walt Disney Studios with an ACE cocktail party for all of the Eddie Nominees, honoring each for their contributions to the industry. At this time, the 2017 ACE Student Editing Award Nominees were also announced:
Asher Trout, Wheaton College
Kaitlyn Ali, University of North Carolina
Tommy Wakefield, University of North Carolina
During the presentations, each student was awarded a commemorative plaque as well as a copy of Avid Media Composer, both intended to inspire the next generation of storytellers.
Before the Awards got underway on Friday, Avid was fortunate to play host to ACE members, Nominees, Honorees and invited guests during its annual Cocktail Reception in the Stardust Room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Here friends, family and industry counterparts gathered to celebrate the craft before heading downstairs for dinner and the awards show. Nominees were also encouraged to sign the Official Nominee poster from the event. For more pictures from the Avid Cocktail Reception visit: avid.com/ace.
When the show finally got underway, ACE President, Stephen Rivkin presided over the ceremonies while Actress and Comedian Rachel Bloom served as host.
When the awards were given, Avid was honored to have Media Composer be the editorial tool of choice for all of this year’s winners:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
Joe Walker, ACE
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY):
La La Land
Tom Cross, ACE
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Fabienne Rawley & Jeremy Milton
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
O.J.: Made in America
Bret Granato, Maya Mumma & Ben Sozanski
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted
Bob Eisenhardt, ACE
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES:
Veep: “Morning After”
Steven Rasch, ACE
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES (COMMERCIAL):
This is Us: “Pilot”
David L. Bertman, ACE
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES (NON-COMMERCIAL):
Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”
Tim Porter, ACE
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE (NON-THEATRICAL):
All the Way
Carol Littleton, ACE
BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: “Senegal”
Tom Cross, ACE, who won the award for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy for La La Land, said, “It feels incredible to be honored by my peers in the editing community with an ACE EDDIE Award – and I couldn’t have done it without Avid Media Composer. The Avid gave me the flexibility to creatively enhance La La Land’s editorial style according to the arc and emotion of each scene—from the kinetic energy of the protagonists’ first encounter and the slower romantic scenes to the fever-pitch pace of being swept off your feet.”
J.J. Abrams, Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE, Janet Ashikaga, ACE, Lori Jane Coleman, ACE, Diana Friedberg, ACE, ACE and William Gordean, ACE were also honored at the awards ceremony.
J.J. Abrams, the 2017 ACE Golden Eddie recipient, summed it up nicely as he expressed his gratitude for the “critical, invisible, challenging and often thankless work” of the Editor.
“It took me years to really appreciate the art of editorial. Sometimes, of course, it flows. It’s about following the script to a tee. But often it’s quite the opposite… That’s where the artist at the Avid has to perform a magic trick. They have to make something out of something else… It’s the editor that tells the story.”
—J.J. Abrams, 2017 ACE Golden Eddie recipient