Lee Smith (editor)

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Lee Smith (born 1960, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian film editor who has worked in the film industry since the 1980s. He began his film career as a sound editor on such films as Dead Calm (1989), The Piano (1993), The Portrait of a Lady (1996) and Holy Smoke! (1999). During breaks he started editing films like Robocop 2 (1990).

Nominations[edit]

Smith was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2004) and The Dark Knight (2008). He was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for The Dark Knight and for Inception (2010). He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Sound for The Piano (1993). He began his career as a sound editor/sound designer for films such as Dead Calm (1989), The Piano (1993) (for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Sound), The Portrait of a Lady (1996) and Holy Smoke! (1999). Smith was also editing films during this interval; he was one of the editors for RoboCop 2 (1990).

He began his notable collaboration with director Peter Weir on the 1982 film The Year of Living Dangerously, on which he was an associate editor working with Weir's longtime editor William M. Anderson. He was credited as a co-editor with Anderson for Fearless (1993) and for The Truman Show (1998).[1] He was the sole editor for Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), for which Smith was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing and for an "Eddie Award" from the American Cinema Editors.

More recently, Smith has edited four films with director Christopher Nolan. He was nominated for a second Academy Award and American Cinema Editors Award for The Dark Knight (2008). In 2010, he received another nomination for the American Cinema Editors Award for his editing work on Inception. He however was not nominated for an Oscar.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1986 Dead End Drive-In Brian Trenchard-Smith
1987 Howling III Philippe Mora
1989 Communion
1990 RoboCop 2 Irvin Kershner
1992 Blinky Bill Yoram Gross
Turtle Beach Stephen Wallace
1993 Fearless Peter Weir
1998 The Truman Show
1999 Two Hands Gregor Jordan AACTA Award for Best Editing
2000 Risk Alan White
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Gregor Jordan
2002 Black and White Craig Lahiff
2003 The Rage in Placid Lake Tony McNamara
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Peter Weir Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2005 Batman Begins Christopher Nolan
2006 The Prestige
2008 The Dark Knight Nominated—Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2010 The Way Back Peter Weir
Inception Christopher Nolan Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
2011 X-Men: First Class Matthew Vaughn
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
2013 Elysium Neill Blomkamp
Enders Game Gavin Hood
2014 Interstellar Christopher Nolan Upcoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hollyn, Norman (November–December 2003). "Lee Smith on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". The Editors Guild Magazine 24 (6). Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. 

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