‘Social Network’ Wins Top Cinema Editors Prize

Win breaks a dominant run of key pre-Oscar awards for “The King’s Speech”; “Alice in Wonderland” wins top comedy/musical honors

Last Updated: February 19, 2011 @ 10:40 PM

"The Social Network" won honors for best dramatic feature, as the American Cinema Editors (ACE) handed out their Eddie Awards Saturday night in Beverly Hills.

The win by the David Fincher-directed film — which was enjoyed individually by editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter —  breaks the awards hegemony of "The King's Speech," which in recent weeks has swept key Oscar-prognosticating trophy events.

In fact, in terms of predicting the Academy's Best Picture race (never mind its editing winner), the ACE Eddies have a decent track record of their own.

The last 10 ACE Eddie winners have all gone on to win the editing Oscar, while seven of them have won Best Picture.

"Alice in Wonderland" won the comedy/musical feature award.

ABC's "Modern Family" won half-hour comedy honors in TV, while AMC's "The Walking Dead" claimed the hourlong drama prize.

Here's the full ACE announcement with the full list of winners:

“THE SOCIAL NETWORK” WINS BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMA) AND “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” WINS BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY/MUSICAL) AT THE 61st ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING EDITING IN 2010
 
“EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP” TAKES TOP DOC PRIZE
 
“TOY STORY 3” WINS BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE
 
“MODERN FAMILY,” “THE WALKING DEAD,” “TREME,” “TEMPLE GRANDIN” AND “IF YOU REALLY KNEW ME” LEAD THE TV WINNERS
 
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, MICHAEL BROWN, A.C.E. AND MICHAEL KAHN, A.C.E. HONORED
 
EDGAR BURCKSEN, A.C.E., AND VINCET LOBRUTTO RECEIVED PRESTIGIOUS ROBERT WISE AWARD


Beverly Hills, February 19 – “The Social Network,” (edited by Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter) and “Alice in Wonderland” (edited by Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Feature Film (Drama) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) respectively at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in nine (9) categories of film, television and documentaries.   
 
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing.  “Toy Story 3” (edited by Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and “Exit Through the Gift Shop”  (edited by Tom Fulford & Chris King) won Best Edited Documentary.  
 
Television winners included “Modern Family: Family Portrait”
(edited by Jonathan Schwartz) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye” (edited by Hunter Via) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television,  “Treme: Do You Know What it Means” (edited by Kate Sanford, A.C.E. & Alexander Hall) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial

Television, “Temple Grandin” (edited by Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “If You Really Knew Me: Colusa High” (edited by Rob Goubeaux, Jeremy Gantz, Hilary Scratch, Ken Yankee, Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Heather Miglin, John Skaare & Paul J. Coyne) for Best Edited Reality Series.

The Student Editing Competition winner was Ruben Jacques Sebban of AFI who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country.  Javier Bardem presented the honor.

Christopher Nolan received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by Aaron Eckhart. Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Michael Brown, A.C.E. and Michael Kahn, A.C.E presented by filmmakers Joe Sargent and Steven Spielberg respectively. Their careers were highlighted with clip reels and praise from friends and colleagues during the affair. Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E., and Vincent LoBrutto received the prestigious Robert Wise Award. The evening was presided over by ACE President Randy Roberts, A.C.E. Serving as Master of Ceremonies was comic genius – Ken Jeong.  

Other presenters included an all-star line up including Academy Award® nominated actress from THE FIGHTER, Amy Adams, Academy Award® nominated director of THE FIGHTER, David O. Russell, “Dexter” star Lauren Velez, “Glee” star Dot-Marie Jones, “True Blood” star Sam Tramell, star of the upcoming SPIDERMAN Tobey Maguire, three-time “Dancing With the Stars” champion Derek Hough, “Community” star Jillian Jacobs, and IRON MAN 2 star Helena Mattsson.  As is ACE’s tradition, these stars paired up with editors to present in most of the categories to give editors a moment in the spotlight and highlight the collaborative art of entertainment.

A full list of winners follows:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
The Social Network
Angus Wall, A.C.E. & Kirk Baxter
 
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
Alice in Wonderland
Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.
 
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Toy Story 3
Ken Schretzmann & Lee Unkrich, A.C.E.
 
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Modern Family: “Family Portrait”
Jonathan Schwartz
 
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Walking Dead: “Days Gone Bye”
Hunter Via
 
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Treme: “Do You Know What it Means”
Kate Sanford, A.C.E. & Alexander Hall
  
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
Temple Grandin
Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Tom Fulford & Chris King
 
BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:
If You Really Knew Me: "Colusa High"
Rob Goubeaux, Jeremy Gantz, Hilary Scratch, Ken Yankee, Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Heather Miglin, John Skaare & Paul J. Coyne
 
Student Competition
Ruben Jacques Sebban
A.F.I.