Carol Littleton (born October 1948, Oklahoma) is an American feature film editor. Her work includes E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Big Chill and Body Heat. Carol Littleton was also the recipient of an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing (for a TV Miniseries, Movie or a Special) for Tuesdays with Morrie.
Littleton has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors. Littleton was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Editors Branch) from 1999 through 2002 and served as president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild during the late 1980s. She is married to cinematographer John Bailey.
Carol Littleton attended The University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences, obtaining her bachelor's degree in 1965 and her master's in 1970. Her obsession with film editing started in France, when Littleton became acquainted with French New Wave cinema. During the 1970s, Carol Littleton owned a production company which made commercials. In 1977 she transitioned to working as a film editor with director Karen Arthur on Legacy. Other films were to follow and in 1982, Littleton received an Academy Award nomination for editing Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Commencing with 1981's Body Heat, Littleton had an extended collaboration with the director Lawrence Kasdan. Of the ten films that he's directed, Littleton edited eight, including The Accidental Tourist, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989.
In the late 1980s, Carol Littleton was elected and served as the president of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. Littleton is one of the major editors that author Gabriella Oldham interview for her 1992 book, First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors.
As Film Editor
The release year and director for each film are indicated in parenthesis.
- Cut Bank (2014)
- The Rum Diary (2011 - Robinson)
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008 - Chadwick)
- Margot at the Wedding (2007 - Baumbach)
- In the Land of Women (2007 - Jon Kasdan)
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004 remake - Demme)
- Dreamcatcher (2003 - Kasdan)
- What Women Want (2000 - Meyers) (Additional Editor)
- Tuesdays with Morrie (1999 - Jackson) (TV)
- Beloved (1999 - Demme)
- Mumford (1999 - Kasdan)
- Diabolique (1996 - Chechik)
- Wyatt Earp (1994 - Kasdan)
- Benny & Joon (1993 - Checkhik)
- Grand Canyon (1991 - Kasdan)
- White Palace (1990 - Mandoki)
- The Accidental Tourist (1988 - Kasdan)
- Vibes (1988 - Kwapis)
- Swimming to Cambodia (1987 - Demme) (aka Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia)
- Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986 - Saks) (aka Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs)
- Silverado (1985 - Kasdan)
- Places in the Heart (1984 - Benton)
- The Big Chill (1983 - Kasdan)
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982 - Spielberg)
- Body Heat (1981 - Kasdan)
- French Postcards (1979)
- Battered (1978) (TV)
- Legacy (1976 - Arthur)
Academy Award Nominations & Wins
Other Awards and Nominations
- 2000 – Tuesdays with Morrie (won) Emmy Award - "Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special"
- 1999 – Beloved (nominated) Satellite Awards (International Press Academy) Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture Film Editing (w/ co-editor Andy Keir)
- 1983 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (nominated) American Cinema Editors ACE Eddie - Best Edited Feature Film
- 1983 – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (nominated) BAFTA Film Award - Best Film Editing
- Carol Littleton at the Internet Movie Database
- Writers and Production Artists: Carol Littleton
- Focus on Editing: Emmy Winner — Carol Littleton, A. C. E.)