American Cinema Editors
Founded in 1950, American Cinema Editors (ACE or A. C. E.) is an honorary society of film editors that are voted in based on the qualities of professional achievements, their education of others, and their dedication to editing. The society is not to be confused with an industry union, such as the I.A.T.S.E. (specifically the Motion Picture Editors Guild or MPEG) to which an editor might belong. The current President of ACE is Randy Roberts.
Eligibility for active membership can be obtained by the following prerequisites:
- Desire to be a member
- Sponsorship by at least two active members
- Minimum of 60 months (5 years) editing experience on Features or Television
- Interview by the Membership Committee
- Approval by the Board of Directors
- Acceptance by the general membership
Members use the postnominal "A.C.E." as part of their signatures; thus the president of the Society in October 2012 was Randy Roberts, A.C.E. The society publishes its current membership on its website; as of 2012, this website does not include deceased members.
Board of Directors
As of October 2012, the Board of Directors are as follows:
- Randy Roberts, A.C.E. (President)
- Alan Heim, A.C.E. (Vice President)
- Lillian Benson, A.C.E (Secretary)
- Ed Abroms, A.C.E. (Treasurer)
Additional board members:
- Diane Adler, A.C.E.
- Anita Brandt-Burgoyne, A.C.E
- Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E.
- Tina Hirsch, A.C.E.
- Maysie Hoy, A.C.E.
- Bonnie Koehler, A.C.E.
- Stephen Lovejoy, A.C.E.
- Harry B. Miller III, A.C.E.
- Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E.
- Eric Sears, A.C.E.
Beginning in 1950, the ACE held an annual dinner to honor the film editing Academy Award nominees. When the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) created a film editing category, the ACE invited them to the dinner as well.
In 1962, the ACE began giving its own awards. The following awards are either currently given or have been given in the past. An * denotes a film that also won the Academy Award for Editing.
- Best Edited Feature Film (No Longer Awarded):
- 1962: The Parent Trap - Phillip W. Anderson
- 1963: The Longest Day - Samuel E. Beetley
- 1964: How the West Was Won* - Harold F. Kress
- 1965: Mary Poppins* - Cotton Warburton
- 1966: The Sound of Music* - William Reynolds
- 1967: Fantastic Voyage - William B. Murphy
- 1968: The Dirty Dozen - Michael Luciano
- 1969: Bullitt* - Frank P. Keller
- 1970: Hello, Dolly! - Warren Low
- 1971: Patton* - Hugh S. Fowler
- 1972: Summer of '42 - Folmar Blangsted
- 1973: Cabaret* - David Bretherton
- 1974: The Sting* - William Reynolds
- 1975: The Longest Yard - Michael Luciano
- 1976: Jaws* - Verna Fields
- 1977: Rocky* - Richard Halsley and Scott Conrad
- 1978: The Turning Point - William Reynolds
- 1979: The Deer Hunter* - Peter Zinner
- 1980: All That Jazz* - Alan Heim
- 1981: Raging Bull* - Thelma Schoonmaker
- 1982: Raiders of the Lost Ark* - Michael Kahn
- 1983: Gandhi* - John Bloom
- 1984: WarGames - Tom Rolf
- 1985: Amadeus - Nena Danevic and Michael Chandler
- 1986: Witness* - Thom Noble
- 1987: Platoon* - Claire Simpson
- 1988: The Last Emperor* - Gabriella Cristiani
- 1989: Rain Man - Stu Linder tied with Mississippi Burning - Gerry Hambling
- 1990: Glory - Steven Rosenblum
- 1991: Dances with Wolves* - Neil Travis
- 1992: JFK* - Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia
- 1993: Unforgiven* - Joel Cox
- 1994: Schindler's List* - Michael Kahn
- 1995: Forrest Gump* - Arthur Schmidt
- 1996: Braveheart - Steven Rosenblum
- 1997: The English Patient* - Walter Murch
- 1998: Titanic* - Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, and Richard A. Harris
- 1999: Saving Private Ryan* - Michael Kahn
- Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic:
- 2000: The Matrix* - Zach Staenberg
- 2001: Gladiator - Pietro Scalia
- 2002: Black Hawk Down* - Pietro Scalia
- 2003: Gangs of New York - Thelma Schoonmaker
- 2004: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King* - Jamie Selkirk
- 2005: The Aviator* - Thelma Schoonmaker
- 2006: Crash* - Hughes Winborne
- 2007: Babel - Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise tied with The Departed* - Thelma Schoonmaker
- 2008: The Bourne Ultimatum* - Christopher Rouse
- 2009: Slumdog Millionaire* - Chris Dickens
- 2010: The Hurt Locker* - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
- 2011: The Social Network* - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
- 2012: The Descendants - Kevin Tent
- 2013: Argo* - William Goldenberg
- Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical:
- 2000: Being John Malkovich - Erin Zumbrunnen
- 2001: Almost Famous - Joe Hutshing and Saar Klein
- 2002: Moulin Rouge! - Jill Bilcock
- 2003: Chicago* - Martin Walsh
- 2004: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - Craig Wood, Stephen E. Rifkin, and Arthur Schmidt
- 2005: Ray - Paul Hirsch
- 2006: Walk the Line - Michael McCusker
- 2007: Dreamgirls - Virginia Katz
- 2008: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Chris Lebenzon
- 2009: WALL-E - Stephen Schaffer
- 2010: The Hangover - Debra Neil-Fisher
- 2011: Alice in Wonderland - Chris Lebenzon
- 2012: The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
- 2013: Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
- Best Edited Animated Feature Film
- Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
- Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television
- Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television
- Best Edited Documentary
- Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Commercial Television
- The ACE Student Editing Competition Winner
- The ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award
- 2006: 57th ACE Eddie Awards
- 2007: 58th ACE Eddie Awards
- 2008: 59th ACE Eddie Awards
- 2009: 60th ACE Eddie Awards
- 2010: 61st ACE Eddie Awards
Since 1951, the ACE publishes the CINEMAEDITOR quarterly magazine. It began as an in-house publication, but grew to 5,000 subscribers in 1963. In the early 1990s the magazine collapsed into a four page newsletter. In 1994, Jack Tucker was appointed as the Editor the publication into today's magazine. Walter Fernandez, Jr. leads the magazine's team, with publications committee chair Edgar Burcksen.
ACE Student Editing Competition
The American Cinema Editors also holds an annual student competition (The ACE Student Editing Competition), awarding one student editor for editing a set of video dailies for a dramatic scene. Three finalists are guests at the annual ACE Eddie Awards in February. Applications are accepted through October and cost US$125. The competition is limited to the first 100 students only.
The Gunsmoke footage
The ACE Store is the source of the dailies used at most film schools today. The scene is from a 1958 episode of the TV series Gunsmoke. It is available only to instructors of film editing classes. The video tape is called "FILM EDITING: Interpretation and Value" and includes three different edits of the scene.