“Dunkirk” and “I, Tonya” won the top feature film awards at the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards on Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, putting the former film in a particularly strong position in this year’s Oscar race.
“Dunkirk” editor Lee Smith won the award for the best edited dramatic feature of 2017, while Tatiana S. Riegel of “I, Tonya” won the prize for comedic feature.
Since the ACE Eddies film award was split into separate dramatic and comedy or musical categories in 2000, the winner in the dramatic category has gone on to win the Oscar for film editing 12 times in 18 years, with the comedy or musical ACE winner taking the Oscar once.
In that time, no film has won the Oscar for editing without first being nominated for the ACE Eddie.
The ACE Eddies announced winners in 10 different categories in a ceremony hosted by Tichina Arnold and featuring appearances by Denis Villeneuve, Mariska Hargitay, Edgar Wright and Gale Anne Hurd.
The Pixar film “Coco” won the award for animated film, while “Jane” won for theatrical documentaries. One of the winning editors for “Jane,” Will Znidaric, also picked up the award for non-theatrical documentary for “Five Came Back.”
Television awards went to “Black-ish” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” for commercial and non-commercial comedies and “Fargo” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for commercial and non-commercial dramas. The first episode of “Genius” was named the best edited TV movie or miniseries.
Writer-producer Vince Gilligan and editors Mark Goldblatt and Leon Ortiz-Gil received honorary awards at the ceremony.
Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic): “Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy): “I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
Best Edited Feature Film (Animated): “Coco,” Steve Bloom
Best Edited Documentary (Feature): “Jane,” Joe Beshenkovsky, Will Znidaric, Brett Morgen
Best Edited Documentary (Non-Theatrical): “Five Came Back: The Price of Victory,” Will Znidaric
Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television: “Black-ish”: “Lemons,” John Peter Bernardo, Jamie Pedroza
Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”: “The Shucker,” Jonathan Corn
Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television: “Fargo”: “Who Rules the Land of Denial,” Andrew Seklir
Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television: “The Handmaid’s Tale”: “Offred,” Julian Clarke & Wendy Hallam Martin
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