‘Mad Max’ and ‘Star Wars’ Grab Nominations at ACE Eddie Awards

The American Cinema Editors also single out “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Sicario” and “Joy,” but not “Spotlight”

“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Sicario” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” have been nominated as the best edited dramatic films of 2015, the American Cinema Editors announced on Monday morning.

The nominations for the ACE Eddie Awards focused on action-oriented films and left out such presumed Oscar contenders as “Spotlight,” “Steve Jobs” and “Bridge of Spies.” The omission was particularly significant for presumed Oscar frontrunner “Spotlight,” since an editing nomination is considered one of the keys to a Best Picture victory, and more than 80 percent of Oscar editing nominees are first nominated at the ACE Eddies.

In the comedy category, the nominees were “Ant-Man,” “The Big Short,” “Joy,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Trainwreck.”

“Anomalisa,” “Inside Out” and “The Good Dinosaur” were nominated in the animated category, while documentary nominees were “Amy,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “He Named Me Malala” and “The Wrecking Crew.”

Television nominees ranged from “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Silicon Valley” and “Veep,” to “Fargo,” “Mad Men,” “The Knick” and “Homeland.”

“Better Call Saul” landed two of the five nominations in the one-hour commercial television category, while “Game of Thrones” did the same in the one-hour non-commercial category.

Since 2000, all but four of the 16 Oscar winners for editing have first taken home the ACE Eddie. Last year’s Oscar winner, “Whiplash,” was one of those four, losing the ACE Eddie to “Boyhood.”

Most years, the Oscar nominees are drawn predominantly from the ACE Eddies’ Drama category.

Final ballots will be mailed to members of the American Cinema Editors on Jan. 8, with voting ending on Jan. 20. The 66th Annual ACE Eddie Awards will take place on Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The nominees are below.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Margaret Sixel

“The Martian”
Pietro Scalia, ACE

“The Revenant”
Stephen Mirrione, ACE

“Sicario”
Joe Walker, ACE

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Maryann Brandon, ACE & Mary Jo Markey, ACE

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY):
“Ant-Man”
Dan Lebental, ACE & Colby Parker, Jr., ACE

“The Big Short”
Hank Corwin, ACE

“Joy”
Jay Cassidy, ACE, Alan Baumgarten, ACE, 
Christopher Tellefsen, ACE & Tom Cross, ACE

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
David Trachtenberg

“Trainwreck”
William Kerr, ACE & Paul Zucker

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
“Anomalisa”
Garret Elkins

“Inside Out”
Kevin Nolting, ACE

“The Good Dinosaur”
Stephen Schaffer, ACE

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
“Amy”
Chris King

“Cobain: Montage of Heck”
Joe Beshenkovsky & Brett Morgen

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
Andy Grieve

“He Named Me Malala”
Greg Finton, ACE, Brian Johnson & Brad Fuller

“The Wrecking Crew”
Claire Scanlon

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
“Keith Richards: Under the Influence”
Joshua L. Pearson

“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”: “Chapter 1”
Richard Hankin, ACE, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Caitlyn Greene, Shelby Siegel

“The Seventies: The United State vs. Nixon”
Chris A. Peterson, ACE

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
“Inside Amy Schumer”: “12 Angry Men”
Nick Paley

“Silicon Valley”: “Two Days of the Condor”
Brian Merken, ACE

“Veep”: “Election Night”
Gary Dollner

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
“Better Call Saul”: “Five-O”
Kelley Dixon, ACE

“Better Call Saul”: “Uno”
Skip Macdonald, ACE

“Fargo”: “Did You Do This? No, You Did It!”
Skip Macdonald, ACE & Curtis Thurber

“The Good Wife”: “Restrain”
Scott Vickrey, ACE

“Mad Men”: “Person to Person”
Tom Wilson

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
“Game of Thrones”: “The Dance of Dragons”
Katie Weiland

“Game of Thrones”: “Hardhome”
Tim Porter

“Homeland”: “The Tradition of Hospitality”
Harvey Rosenstock, ACE

“House of Cards”: “Chapter 39”
Lisa Bromwell, ACE

“The Knick”: “Wonderful Surprises”
Mary Ann Bernard

BEST EDITED LONGFORM (MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE) FOR TELEVISION:
“Bessie”
Brian A. Kates, ACE

“Dolly Parton‘s Coat of Many Colors”
Maysie Hoy, ACE

“Orange is the New Black”: “Trust No Bitch” (90 minute episode)
William Turro

BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”: “Bay Area”
Hunter Gross, ACE

“Deadliest Catch”: “Zero Hour”
Josh Earl, ACE & Ben Bulatao

“Whale Wars”: “The Darkest Hour”
Eric Driscoll, Nik Jamgocyan, Chris Kirkpatrick, David Michael Maurer, ACE, Greg McDonald, Marcus Miller & Alexandria Scott