• Argo, William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
  • Life of Pi, Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
  • Lincoln, Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
  • Skyfall, Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. and William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

(Comedy Musical, Documentary and Animated cats after the cut)


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chris Gill
  • Les Misérables, Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.
  • Moonrise Kingdom, Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
  • Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers
  • Ted, Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.


  • Brave, Nicolas C. Smith, A.C.E.
  • Frankenweenie, 
Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon
  • Rise of the Guardians, 
Joyce Arrastia
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Tim Mertens


  • Samsara, Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson
  • Searching for Sugar Man
. Malik Bendjelloul
  • West of Memphis, Billy McMillin

Universal City, CA, Jan. 11 –American Cinema Editors (ACE) today announced nominations for the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in nine categories of film, television and documentaries. Winners will be revealed during ACE’s annual black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Actor / Comedian David Cross (“Arrested Development”) will serve as the Master of Ceremonies that evening.   Next week ACE will announce the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honoree and two Career Achievement honorees.

Final Ballots will be mailed on January 23 and voting ends on February 8.  The Blue Ribbon panels where judging for all television categories and the documentary film category take place January 27.  Projects in the aforementioned categories are viewed and judged by panels comprised of professional editors (all ACE members).  All 700+ ACE members vote during the final balloting of the ACE Eddies, including active members, life members, affiliate members and honorary members.

The ACE Eddie Awards is considered an integral precursor to the Oscars®.  No film has won Best Picture at the Oscars® without also having received at least a Best Editing nomination since ORDINARY PEOPLE in 1981.  Since the ACE membership boasts a very high crossover within its membership of Academy® members, it represents a very accurate bellwether for the eventual Oscar® outcome.

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  • steve50

    No real surprises, but I guess at this point, we’re all watching for stumbles (and winners). It would be more revealing if they didn’t split comedy and drama.

    Silver Linings has the distinct advantage here in that, when comedy and drama are split, it has no real competition. It racks up the wins and gets the press all to itself while the poor wretches in drama mud-wrestle for attention. Very shrewd to add enough jokes in the script to ensure this categorization.

    I’m shocked that nobody thought the editing in Cloud Atlas deserved recognition. Even if one didn’t buy the content, it’s a structural gem.

  • whew. thanks for showing up with a reaction, Steve50. Took a full 17 minutes before anybody noticed these nominations were up — (despite the exclamation mark in the headline!) I was just about to reboot the internet.

    Does feel a little anticlimactic after yesterday, doesn’t it? If part of the Academy’s reason for jumping its announcement dates ahead of everybody else was to regain control of the excitement and try to put a little more unpredictability back into the Oscars, so far looks like they’re succeeding in that respect.

  • filmboymichael

    And how!

  • Leo

    I with James Bond’s movies would compete in the Comedy category. They’re usually funnier than most in that category.

  • steve50

    Maybe everyone is recovering from yesterday, Ryan!

    I’m not really feeling an anticlimax – more fear that a film I wasn’t taking too seriously has suddenly grown legs and appears set to overtake some of the best work done in the past few years.

    I’m seeing this path opening up in front of SLP while the more complex films are struggling against each other for attention. There’s a distinct chill in the air.

  • Leo

    Django is the first Tarantino movie without Sally Mencke editing. Makes you wonder if it would have some 20 minutes less if she had the scissors…

    Maybe it would be nominated for the Eddies, by now.

  • Don’t know if the fact that these match so closely with the Academy makes them more or less significant. It’s the ACE Eddies, I suppose, they always do. But so do DGA and SAG, and look what happened there.

    I still think this award is between Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, both here and at the Oscars. In other words, it’s between William Goldenberg and William Goldenberg.

  • Makes you wonder if it would have some 20 minutes less if she had the scissors…

    My thoughts exactly when I saw Django. Sally Menke would have trimmed it down and tidied it up.

    I’m seeing this path opening up in front of SLP while the more complex films are struggling against each other for attention. There’s a distinct chill in the air.

    I’m fucking freezing.

  • Christophe

    So is it true that Ang Lee will direct Cleopatra with Angelina Jolie? That would be an Oscar juggernaut! As much as I prefer Life of Pi to Lincoln I kind of wish it would lose to leave room for a Cleopatra sweep. By then Ang Lee will be seen as way overdue and that could be the biggest success of his career both at the BO and at the Oscars.

  • filmboymichael

    Saw Django last night and all I could think about throughout was – this needed WAY more editing….it felt at least 30 minutes too long.

  • steve50

    I saw that, too, christophe. Lee says he doesn’t want to repeat himself and is always looking for something new and challenging. This material could be a minefield, though. Hope his script adapter sticks close to Stacy Schiff’s bio and avoids the sword/sandal/sex pitfalls of those that have tried before. It could be a very good political drama and a peach of a role for Jolie.

  • Leo

    Paddy and Filmboy, I kept thinking of the doc “The cutting edge”, in which Quentin and Sally talk about the way they cutted the films together.

    Maybe afer a couple of films, Quentin and Fred will reach the same level of chemistry he had with Sally.

    Django is great nonetheless. But not as much as Basterds.

  • rufussondheim

    I have a feeling Life of Pi could take the Drama prize at the GGs, I always thought it had over all of the American History entries, it’s the only one that has an international sensibility. And if it does take that prize along with Best Director I think it could have a major impact on who we are predicting to win Best Pic.

    And if SLP takes SAG Ensemble away from Lincoln, then we have a real race.

    I think Lincoln garners a lot of respect, but I really don’t see passion there, based on reactions from last night’s winners (Could DDLewis have put the nail in the coffin on that ridiculously bad speech that went on and on?) Yeah, it got the Oscar nominations it was supposed to get. Big deal. A lot of movies do and then flop at the Oscars. This race ain’t over yet.

    When looking down ballot, I don’t see a lot of Lincoln wins. And the next couple of weeks we’ll see if there are some wins at the top of the ballot.

    But right now, the split that no one is talking about is SLP for Best Director and Argo for Best Picture.

  • Christophe

    huh that’s actually what i like the most abt that kind of movie!
    “political drama”
    pls not another lincoln!

    hopefully lee will know how to mix both aspects and find the middle way between art and entertainment!

  • steve50

    “the split that no one is talking about is SLP for Best Director and Argo for Best Picture.”

    Argo, I can see happen maybe, but Russell over the others? Admittedly, his chances are better now that Bigelow and Affleck are toast, but against Lee or Spielberg? Yikes!

  • Russell’s now the guy who hasn’t won before, though. That was Ben Affleck, now it’s him. But, without a DGA nomination, the Weinsteins have an uphill battle on their hands convincing the Academy to do that. Lincoln could begin its sweep any day now, though.

    Maybe afer a couple of films, Quentin and Fred will reach the same level of chemistry he had with Sally.

    But Quentin and Sally had that straight off the bat. I think Fred Raskin is way too respectful of all of Quentin’s excessive tendencies, considering them to be the lifeblood of his films, what they’re famed for. But think of how tight Kill Bill Vol. 1 was, and that was almost all Sally Menke. Fred Raskin needs to be a bit more ruthless.

  • Christophe

    In other news, I’ve finally watched Les Misérables (yes I voted for it without seeing it, big deal) and it wasn’t nearly as bad as what I thought it’d be after reading all those scathing reviews/comments. sure there were some weird moments and awkward transitions which I blame on the lack of time during the editing phase, but still it was a very enjoyable and enlightening watch. I really don’t get why so many people felt the need to trash it the way they did, it all sounds very irrational and herdlike to me. All I hope now is Hooper will edit the film again to solve the few flaws and provide a new and improved director’s cut in the near future.

  • Christophe

    And the performances were amazing, even Crowe was perfectly in character.

  • Leo

    Paddy: “But think of how tight Kill Bill Vol. 1 was, and that was almost all Sally Menke.”
    Yeah, that’s one way to see it.
    The other, of course, is that Kill Bill was so “not tight” that they had to make it into two films.
    But overall I agree with you: Quentin and Sally Reality had it straight off the bat. Don’t know when Fred will get it.

  • SFMIke

    “think of how tight Kill Bill Vol. 1 was…”

    actually what was supposed to be one movie turned out to be TWO, so I’d say the opposite is true there, in terms of editing needing to be “more ruthless” 🙂

  • rufussondheim

    Yeah, the Russel/Argo split is a little farfetched at this point. But after last night and seeing the reaction to Ben Affleck’s win, it’s clear there is a lot of love for the guy, and that there might be a movement to reward his BD snub with an Argo win. Heck, many of us thought Argo was sitting pretty anyway on Wednesday, so this isn’t that farfetched.

    So if Argo wins, who do you put down for Best Director? Spielberg and Lee are obvious choices, but if Chastain gets on a Best Actress roll, the Russel’s Director win could be a way to award a film the Academy clearly loves.

    Personally, I like Life of Pi’s chances right now. I still think Lincoln is the favorite (at least until Sunday) but I think it’s a closer race than a lot of people are willing to admit.

  • steve50

    Oddly, I think Affleck’s snub is Argo’s gain. You can’t buy that kind of empathy.

    Director, if Argo wins? Haneke and Zeitlin have little chance, and between Spielberg and Lee, I would guess Lee has a razor-thin edge. Lincoln will take Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay and maybe a couple of techs. DDL could have played Lincoln if Adam Sandler was directing and Tony Kushner needs little direction (wasn’t it he that insisted focusing on the amendment battle?)

    Life of Pi is pretty much all Ang Lee. The pieces would not have come together into such a singular vision without him. imo, of course.

  • Patrick

    “I think Lincoln garners a lot of respect, but I really don’t see passion there, based on reactions from last night’s winners”

    Rufussondheim, passion doesn’t matter much anymore. With passion, you get the nods, which is what Lincoln did (across all branches). But now, consensus takes the win. And at this point, no one is going to lower Lincoln by more than 1 on their ballot.

    “Yeah, it got the Oscar nominations it was supposed to get. Big deal. A lot of movies do and then flop at the Oscars.”

    Of the 15 years that the Oscars used preferential voting to pick the Best Picture winner (1934-1945, 2009-2011), for 14 of those years, the Best Picture winner had either the most nominations or one less. This is because the preferential system used to pick the winner follows a lot closer to the preferential system used to pick the nominees. This bodes very well for Lincoln and Life Of Pi.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    LINCOLN will win Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Good chance it will win Supporting Actor and a few others maybe. That’s plenty and enough for me. No film will sweep this year. The Best that could ever happened for me this season already happened. 5 Noms for AMOUR, now I’m just witnessing. That’s plenty and enough for me.

    Right Now I’m thinking SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, Russel, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lawrence, Hathaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Kushner, Tarantino (wish), Miranda, Goldenberg, Williams

  • keifer

    Stuart Baird finally getting recognized here by his peers for “Skyfall”.

    I wish AMPAS had had the temerity and good taste to do so yesterday.

    One of the worst snubs in my opinion when learing about the 2013 Oscar nominations.

    Baird’s work on this film is truly worth an Oscar for film editing.

  • danemychal

    rufus has gone from passive-aggressively disliking Lincoln to now implying it is doomed because DDL didn’t give a knock-your-socks off speech a really poorly-produced awards show that few people watched (and one in which many of the stars took shots at, including Anne Hathaway).

    It all sounds like sour grapes from a Mis-head. There are about 4-5 other films that stand in the way of Les Mis, not just Lincoln.

  • PJ

    Glad SLP’s only competition is the abomination known as Les Mis.

  • Astarisborn

    At this point I see Lee winning director and Lincoln best pic.

  • Patrick

    “At this point I see Lee winning director and Lincoln best pic.”

    Astarisborn, I feel the same way, though it sucks that Lee and Spielberg were both victims of a Picture-Director split already.

  • Kill Bill was split into two films for financial reasons. Harvey Weinstein couldn’t envisage people bothering to turn out for a kung fu film that was nearly four hours in length, and could definitely see people turning out for two action movies. Now, they’re all at it, splitting one movie into two, or three!


  • Roberto

    The trend in the last years has been that the winners are given as soon as the nominations are announced. Following that trend, “Lincoln” follows the steps of 2010’s “The King’s Speech” and 2011’s “The Artist” (taking best picture, best director, actor and adapted screenplay, maybe score), and “Life of Pi” follows 2010’s “Inception” and 2011’s “Hugo” (taking art direction, cinematography, sounds and visual effects). I am not comparing films but their performances at the oscars. For me, Lincoln is a much better and deserving film than the last two winners. One difference from previous years is that this time a rookie will not take the prize over veteran directors.

  • John

    It’s AMAZING what can transpire over the course of 24 hours.

    Yesterday a.m. I went from seeing Argo not win ….. to ….

    now thinking – after BFC Awards – that Argo could win Best Picture (for Affleck) and Spielberg or Lee will win Best Director. This is a prime example of a year with a split.

  • John

    I also could see Riva winning due to more and more people seeing Amour and if word spreads that she turns 86 on Oscar night.

    Before yesterday, no one knew if she’d even be nommed.

  • joe

    Skyfall is really doing good in the technical guilds. 50 years of Bond Wow!

  • danemychal

    Roberto – But you also can’t dimiss that Lincoln has some technical nods that Playbook was never going to get. So the last two years that won were Weinstein films. Well, SLP is a Weinstein film and took the 3rd most noms without having the technical prowess of Lincoln and Pi. So it definitely has to be feared. The BP race could still go to 5 different films in my opinion (I’m calling Les Mis dead but it gains a little steam if it beats SLP at the Globes): Lincoln, SLP, Pi, Argo, and ZDT.

  • Geremy

    What about Bernie in the comedies? That story could have been such a mess if in another pair of hands. That film was so well paced and a rather unusual narrative to boot.

    Also, missing Cloud Atlas. Best editing of any film this year IMO.

  • Edkargir

    Life of pi is the worst of the nine films.lee did not deserve the bd nom.

  • keifer

    ACE: Just give the editing award to “Skyfall” and let the Academy go fuck themselves.

    It’s irritating that they can nominate “Lincoln” for BEST EDITING? Another band-wagon nomination for Spielberg, and ignore the creative editors from “Skyfall”, “Cloud Atlas”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, and “The Dark Knight Rises”. This embracement for “Lincoln” in some of these technical categories is a joke.

    Surprisingly, the category where “Lincoln” did NOT get a nomination (and the one category in which I thought it was a shoo-in) was best makeup. That, to me, was kind of a shock given AMPAS total love for this boring picture.

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