Lee Smith (editor)

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Lee Smith (born 1960) 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). Smith has served as editor for all of Christopher Nolan's feature films, since Batman Begins (2005).

Life and career[edit]

Smith was born in Sydney. He 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 seven 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. In 2018, he received an Academy Award for his work on Nolan's Dunkirk.

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: The Mischievous Koala Yoram Gross
Turtle Beach Stephen Wallace
1993 Fearless Peter Weir
1998 The Truman Show Peter Weir
1999 Two Hands Gregor Jordan AACTA Award for Best Editing
2001 Risk Alan White
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 Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Editing
International Online Cinema Awards for Best Editing
Gold Derby Awards for Best Editing
Hollywood Post Alliance for Best Editing
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
Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Editing
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Editing
2010 The Way Back Peter Weir
Inception Christopher Nolan Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards for Best Editing
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
CinEuphoria Awards for Best Editing
Hollywood Post Alliance for Best Editing
Gold Derby Awards for Best Editing
Nominated—ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Editing
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Editing
Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Editing
Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Awards for Best Editing
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Editing
Nominated – International Online Cinema Awards 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
Nominated – Hollywood Post Alliance for Best Editing
Nominated – Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Editing
2013 Elysium Neill Blomkamp
Ender's Game Gavin Hood
2014 Interstellar Christopher Nolan Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Hollywood Post Alliance for Best Editing
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Gold Derby Awards for Best Editing
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards for Best Editing
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Editing
2015 Spectre Sam Mendes
2017 Dunkirk Christopher Nolan Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Editing
ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Editing
Boston Online Film Critics Association for Best Editing
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Editing
Online Film Critics Society for Best Editing
Hollywood Professional Association for Best Editing
Hollywood Post Alliance for Best Editing
Seattle Film Critics Awards for Best Editing
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Editing
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Editing
Nominated – San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Editing
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Editing
Nominated – St. Louis Film Critics Association
2018 X-Men: Dark Phoenix Simon Kinberg

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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