Stuart Baird

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Stuart Baird
Born (1947-11-30) 30 November 1947 (age 66)
England, U.K.
Occupation Film editor, film director

Stuart Baird (born 30 November 1947) is an English film editor, producer, and director who is mainly associated with action films. He has edited over twenty major motion pictures.

Life and career[edit]

Baird has had an extended collaboration with director Richard Donner. For Baird's work on Superman in 1978, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing. He received another nomination for editing Gorillas in the Mist (1988). Prior to his working relationship with Richard Donner, Baird worked as assistant director and assistant editor on different projects before editing Ken Russell's Tommy. Baird worked with Russell on five major motion pictures. He edited Tommy, Lisztomania, and Valentino and served as associate producer on Ken Russell's Altered States. He also worked as assistant editor on Russell's The Devils, (1971).

After his Oscar-nominated work on Gorillas in the Mist in 1988 and his work with Richard Donner on Lethal Weapon 2, he accepted a position as full-time staff editor at Warner Bros. in 1989. With Warner Bros. He supervised the editing on such films as Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

The first two movies Baird directed were studio pictures produced and distributed by Warner Bros.; where he had served as Editor Supervisor. He has directed three films: Executive Decision (1996), U.S. Marshals (1998), and Star Trek Nemesis (2002). He was the editor and executive producer of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Baird recently edited the Columbia Pictures thriller Vantage Point.

Baird was rumored to have been hired to replace director Stephen Sommers on the film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, after he was allegedly fired following a disastrous test screening. However, both Paramount Pictures and Sommers deny this, and Baird and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura refused comment on the matter.

In the movie Star Trek Nemesis, Baird also voiced the Scimitar computer. To get the job directing Star Trek: Nemesis, Baird did re-cuts on Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Mission: Impossible 2 for Paramount Pictures. Jerry Goldsmith was the composer for all of the Baird directed films. All three films directed by Baird feature vehicular decompression sequences (flying transport depressurizes).

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Editing credits[edit]

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Richard Donner collaboration[edit]

Television work[edit]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards

for: Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988)
for: Superman (1978)

American Cinema Editors

for: Casino Royale (2006)
  • 1979 Nominated Eddie Best Edited Feature Film
for: Superman (1978)

BAFTA Awards

for: Casino Royale (2006)

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