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  1. Blake
    February 16, 2013

    FInal list of winners:

    Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
    William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

    Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy/Musical
    “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers

    Best Edited Feature Film – Animated
    Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E

    Best Edited Documentary – Feature
    “Searching for Sugar Man”
    Malik Bendjelloul

    Best Edited Documentary – Television
    “American Masters: Phil Ochs – There But For Fortune”
    Pamela Scott Arnold

    Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
    “Nurse Jackie” – “Handle Your Scandal”
    Gary Levy

    Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television
    “Breaking Bad” – “Gliding Over All”
    Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.

    Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television
    “The Newsroom” – “We Just Decided To (Pilot)”
    Anne McCabe, A.C.E.

    Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television
    “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
    Walter Murch, A.C.E.

    Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
    “Frozen Planet” – “To the Ends of the Earth”
    Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly

    Golden Eddie (Filmmaker of the Year Award)
    Steven Spielberg

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Richard Marks, A.C.E.
    Larry Silk, A.C.E.

    Student Competition
    Michael Smith – AFI

  2. daveinprogress
    February 16, 2013

    I can think of another 4 letter word other than Argo to describe this result. How many frikkin movies were released in 2012 – more than 300?

  3. Hawkeye
    February 16, 2013

    Argo… better edited than Lincoln, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, or even Skyfall? Riiiiiiiiiiight. As if we needed any more evidence that many of these groups are using their awards as Best Pictures. Hollywood continues to pat itself on the back…

    Here’s hoping that the WGA doesn’t make the same mistake, though it’s not looking good.

    On a much brighter note, Les Miserables just won Best Sound Mixing for Live Action Motion Pictures.

  4. Daveylow
    February 16, 2013

    I didn’t like the editing in SLP at all.

  5. Hawkeye
    February 16, 2013

    Silver Linings was another really strange choice. Les Mis and Moonrise Kingdom had better editing. The editing in BEMH was kind of unremarkable. No clue as to why Ted was even a nominee.

  6. daveinprogress
    February 16, 2013

    On a happy note – thrilled that The Newsroom was recognised – one of my favourite tv shows. I was disappointed as its poor showing at Globe and SAG. Emmy had better shine on this show. Love everything about it. Especially the writing – of course.

  7. Ashwin Pinto
    February 16, 2013

    I am still hoping that William Goldenberg wins the Oscar for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ rather than for ‘Argo’.

    February 16, 2013

    What????…freaking ARGO again????…Best Editing ?? Even over LINCOLN???..im starting to believe that Affleck made some sort of pact with the devil!!!…Thiis is Toooooo much!!!

  9. Vitamin168
    February 16, 2013

    I have watched Lincoln, ZD30, Life of Pi and Argo. Argo, in my opinion ranks last in terms of editing among all four movies. I am wondering why as well. My ranking in editing: ZD30>Life of Pi>Lincoln>Argo.

  10. Tufas
    February 16, 2013

    A deserving win for Argo. Congrats

    (I would have awarded ZD30 though.)


  11. Jason Travis
    February 16, 2013

    You’re all surprised Argo won Editing??? This was a slam dunk from the beginning.

  12. daveinprogress
    February 16, 2013

    Not surprised, just bored with the same movie being named the best. Such sheep.

  13. Hawkeye
    February 16, 2013

    Not a surprise, just annoying that it beat out better-edited films.

  14. murtaza
    February 16, 2013

    if they think Argo had the best editing work then they should line up all the editors of decently made films released this year and present them each with an ACE award. The category doesn’t have competition, ZD30 was the best editing work we’ve seen this year. Even the losers sitting in the ACE jury might know that.

  15. Dion Blackler
    February 16, 2013

    In all fairness, I think the editors voting for the award probably have a better idea of what constitutes exemplary editing than us schlubs.

  16. Hawkeye
    February 17, 2013

    I’d like to think that, Dion, but you don’t really need to be an expert to tell how well a film was put together. There just wasn’t anything particularly amazing about Argo’s editing. The only decent editing comes near the end, but with the scene being as cheesy as it is, it doesn’t really matter. Lincoln was beautifully assembled to bring out the drama, while Life of Pi was likewise beautifully edited to tell a story that depends highly upon the visuals and how well they’re put together. Even Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall had amazing editing that brought out the thrills and/or tension that those films required. These guys don’t always get it right. I mean, remember SAG? They gave Best Cast to Argo over several far-superior ensembles. That’s evidence enough right there.

  17. eclipse22
    February 17, 2013

    easily deserved , congrats ARGO ! def one of best aspects of the film !

  18. The J Viewer
    February 17, 2013

    Congrats to ARGO, SLP, LES MIS and BRAVE in particular. [Brave seems to have been underrated more or less the way I see it; so, I am happy for its result coming to Oscars day.]

    Good job.

    By the way, just finished predicting WGA online with AD; consider it done on my part. Thanks.

  19. Christina
    February 17, 2013

    Argo over Zero Dark Thirty? Seriously? That is unfair. I really liked Argo, but the rest of the nominees are 10 times better than Argo’s editing. I still have faith that Oscar will reward Zero Dark Thirty.

  20. Paddy Mulholland
    February 17, 2013


  21. steve50
    February 17, 2013

    Have to join the chorus – Argo & SLP are more effectively edited than the other nominees? Not likely.

    Guess that last nail in the coffin is tonight with the WGA.

    Watch Argo take the Costume Guild award, too. I can’t remember which category it was nominated in – period or fantasy.

    Just think – in two weeks we can start on 2013. Hopefully there won’t be so many good movies that the various awards groups look this bad when they get confused and all jump in the same wagon again. They really have to get out and see some movies next year.

  22. Zach
    February 17, 2013

    If Brave wins the Oscar over Wreck-It Ralph or Frankenweenie, I’ll be pissed. None of the three is spectacular, and anything Pixar clearly is at a higher level technically, but still, it’s such a throwaway.

  23. gbocampo
    February 17, 2013

    WGA predictions.

    Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
    Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom

  24. Zooey
    February 17, 2013

    When you all write that Argo didn’t deserve to win editing over Lincoln it’s kinda funny. if there is one award Argo deserves more than Lincoln, it’s editing. And still, Zero Dark Thirty should have been the winner.

  25. Kane
    February 17, 2013

    Argo was definitely better edited than Lincoln. The opening and closing was a showcase and worth the price of admission. I admired Life of Pi’s editing but not quite on Argo’s level. It was tricky and sweet but those tense situations left me breathless…which is why I’d have handed the award to ZD30.

  26. representDLV
    February 17, 2013

    While my vote would probably have gone to Zero Dark Thirty, Argo would have been my #2. I don’t find these results surprising at all.

  27. Bryce Forestieri
    February 17, 2013


  28. Lisa
    February 17, 2013

    I’m Surprised at all he people who think ZD30 was better edited than Argo. Why I think Argo was a better film than ZD30 was that ZD30 dragged in the first 2/3 of it. The last part was the only well edited part (the raid, which I read was the part that Goldenberg edited). Besides, these awards were decided upon by the editors, who know exactly what to look for. I should say the rest of us can only guess what all goes into deciding that.

  29. Fabinho Flapp
    February 17, 2013

    On more to Argo!!!
    And well deserved. No one is on Argo’s level.
    But sure, we need to see many Argo haters rolling on angry.
    Blah blah blah blah blah blah…
    Argo is the best edited film. It was the frontunner.
    Suck this, booooooring haters.

  30. Jenny B
    February 17, 2013

    @Fabinho: God you’re annoying, you never have anything enlightening to say about film, you just come on like a Twilight girl and start trolling. Lame fuck.

  31. Eric P.
    February 17, 2013

    Fabinho is becoming the next Paul H.

  32. Eric P.
    February 17, 2013

    “Zero Dark Thirty” was clearly the best edited film in the bunch. “Argo” comes in second for me.

  33. Sammy
    February 17, 2013

    @Hawkeye – I agree. All these guilds are awarding their best picture rather than best directing, best editing, best writing etc. Last year the Descendants won the ACE absurdly. Then the Academy (quite rightly) gave the award to Fincher’s film. Argo is not an editing miracle like last year’s Tattoo but editing is one of its strengths over Lincoln and other films. So I am not surprised at all.

  34. CMG
    February 17, 2013

    Zero Dark Thirty’s pacing has nil to do with editing choices. Those were directing choices and it speaks to how in the beginning there is much more control, carte blanche, and distance the characters have with their responsibilities and how it is about their work and getting what they want with no accountability. And yes, the compound raid is the heart of the editing argument but you also had the tracking of the SUV in the market, the Camp Chapman bombing, the various montages of the various processes and the capture of Faraj scene. And look up Dylan Tichenor’s resume. It’s really impressive, arguably stronger than Goldenberg’s.

    Goldenberg as a double-nominee if anything, like Desplat’s nomination for score, has to do with people who have cooled on ZD30 moving toward Argo because of the taint the other has. It’s much easier to acknowledge Goldenberg and Desplat’s great year with the more harmless, less inoffensive film.

    I wonder if the Oscars, knowing Goldenberg is a double-nominee, will not have his name read first, despite alphabetically being ahead of Dylan Tichenor, if Zero Dark Thirty wins so there is no real feeling that two films won it for a brief second.

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