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‘Dunkirk’ and ‘I,Tonya’ Win ACE Film Editing Guild Awards

Dunkirk and I, Tonya topped the ACE Eddie Awards for film editing last night, and both are nominated for the Film Editing Oscar.

“The person I must thank the most is the genius director-creator, who produced this film: Christopher Nolan,” said Dunkirk editor Lee Smith as he accepted his award. “We’ve been through many warlike battles — not us, personally — with getting the films through and finished on time …Thank God he doesn’t know how to use Avid. I certainly will never show him.”

Tatiana S. Reigel, the surprise comedy editing winner for I, Tonya, said, “There are times in your career where lightning is trapped in a bottle. It’s an amazing time — the stars align and everything comes together. This is one of those times.”

Joe Beshenkovsky was the Documentary Feature winner for Jane. Steve Bloom won the Animated Feature editing prize for Coco.

The ACE Eddie and the Film Editing Oscar have often gone hand in hand, with an especially solid run from 2005-2009. But this decade has deviated quite a bit with more than half of the ACE winners, who choose a Drama and a Comedy winner, missing out on the Oscar including just this last season.

The Oscar nominees for Film Editing this year are Baby Driver, Dunkirk, I, Tonya, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. All were nominated in one of the two ACE categories. An exceptional year in that three of the five Oscar nominees were competitors in the Comedy categories at ACE (as loose as that definition is). Dunkirk is still the favorite to win the Oscar.

Here is the breakdown of ACE vs Oscar since 2005.

The winners for television and student compeition were:

BEST EDITED DRAMA SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
The Handmaid’s Tale: “Offred”
Julian Clarke, ACE & Wendy Hallam Martin

BEST EDITED DRAMA SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Fargo: “Who Rules the Land of Denial”
Andrew Seklir, ACE

BEST EDITED COMEDY SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “The Shucker”
Jonathan Corn, ACE

BEST EDITED COMEDY SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Black-ish: “Lemons”
John Peter Bernardo, Jamie Pedroza

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Jane
Joe Beshenkovsky, ACE, Will Znidaric, Brett Morgen

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (NON-THEATRICAL):
Five Came Back: The Price of Victory
Will Znidaric

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION😐
Genius: Einstein “Chapter One”
James D. Wilcox

BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES😐
VICE News Tonight: “Charlottesville: Race & Terror”
Tim Clancy, Cameron Dennis, John Chimples & Denny Thomas

STUDENT COMPETITION WINNER
Mariah Zenk – Missouri
State University

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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