Monday, February 04, 2019

69th Annual ACE EDDIE Awards Winners

Last Friday, February 1st the group had their awards ceremony presided by ACE President, Stephen Rivkin and perhaps the biggest surprise for me is Roma not winning and instead top award dramatic went to Bohemian Rhapsody!  But group is forgiven only because comedy went to The Favourite which in my opinion, deserves the tech award, even do film is not a comedy.

Well, to be honest Roma not winning was not a huge surprise as remember film didn't got an Oscar nomination in this category.  By-the-way IF film had gotten an Oscar nomination in editing, then would have held the record for the most nominations, sigh.

Now Oscar frontrunners are The Favourite and Bohemian Rhapsody as both have Oscar nominations; no matter who wins, tech award should go to magnificent The Favourite as editing moved film in the right direction and yes, helped to make it more accessible to become Yorgos Lanthimos most accessible film up-to-date.

The Golden Eddie Honoree was Guillermo del Toro and Career Achievement Awards went to Jerrold L. Ludwig and Craig McKay.

Documentary award went to Free Solo and animated film award to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Winners are in *BLUE.  To check winners in all categories go official site here.

Yesterday the American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced the nominations for the 2019 edition of the EDDIE Awards and according to most industry predictions the so-called possible frontrunners have an EDDIE nomination with the exception of If Beale Street Could Talk that didn't made the ACE members cut.

In 1992, the EDDIEs went from three to five nominees and in 2000 it split the award in two, with five nominees for each drama and comedy musical.  Over the past 25 years, 115 of the 130 Oscars nominees for Best Film Editing had first earned an EDDIE nom, that's a high score in the accuracy rate.

Let us recall that EDDIE Dramatic winner tends to become the Oscar winner but seems this year Oscar winner could come from either category as there most be something wrong with me as now industry awards are also nominated films like The Favourite, Green Book and Vice as belonging to the Comedy category when I found them to be dramas, uff.  The Favourite plus four films from the Dramatic comedy are the frontrunners and definitively wish Roma could get the award as editing was essential to film's emotional roller-coaster.
These are the nominees.

Best Edited Feature Film Dramatic
Barry Alexander Brown for BlacKkKlansman
*John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody
Tom Cross for First Man
Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough for Roma
Jay Cassidy for A Star is Born

Best Edited Feature Film Comedy
Myron Kerstein for Crazy Rich Asians
Dirk Westervelt, Craig Alpert, and Elísabet Ronaldsdottir for Deadpool 2
*Yorgos Mavropsaridis for The Favourite
Patrick J. Don Vito for Green Book
Hank Corwin for Vice

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
Stephen Schaffer for Incredibles 2
Andrew Weisblum, Ralph Foster and Edward Bursch for Isle of Dogs
*Robert Fisher, Jr. for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Edited Feature Documentary Feature
*Bob Eisenhardt for Free Solo
Carla Gutierrez for RBG
Michael Harte for Three Identical Strangers
Jeff Malmberg and Aaron Wickenden for Won't You Be My Neighbor?

To check all nominations, including TV categories, go to official site here. Now the nearly ACE 1,000 members will get their final ballots on January 11th and have until January 21st to vote for their final selections.  Awards ceremony will be at the Beverly Hilton on February 1st., 2019.

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