Academy Award for Best Film Editing


Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Country United States
Official website http://www.oscars.org

The Academy Award for Film Editing is one of the annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations for this award are closely correlated with the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since 1981, every film selected as Best Picture has also been nominated for the Film Editing Oscar, and about two thirds of the Best Picture winners have also won for Film Editing.[1] Only the principal, "above the line" editor(s) as listed in the film's credits are named on the award; additional editors, supervising editors, etc. are not generally eligible.[2] The nominations for this Academy Award are determined by a ballot of the members of the Editing Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; there were 233 members of the Editing Branch in 2008.[1] The members may vote for up to five of the eligible films in the order of their preference; the five films with the largest vote totals are selected as nominees.[2] The Academy Award itself is selected from the nominated films by a subsequent ballot of all active and life members of the Academy. This process is essentially the reverse of that of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA); nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing are done by a general ballot of Academy voters, and the winner is selected by members of the editing chapter.[3]

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History

This award was first given for films released in 1934. The name of this award is occasionally changed; in 2008, it was listed as the Academy Award for Achievement in Film Editing.

Superlatives

Category Name Superlative Year Notes
Most Awards Michael Kahn
Thelma Schoonmaker
Daniel Mandell
Ralph Dawson
3 awards
3 awards
3 awards
3 awards
1998
2006
1960
1938
Awards resulted from 7 nominations
Awards resulted from 6 nominations
Awards resulted from 5 nominations
Awards resulted from 4 nominations
Most Nominations Michael Kahn
Barbara McLean
William H. Reynolds
7 nominations 2005
1951
1977
Nominations resulted in 3 awards
Nominations resulted in 1 award
Nominations resulted in 2 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Gerry Hambling
Frederic Knudtson
Six nominations 1996
1963
Retired
Died in 1964

Superlatives taken from a document published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4]

Nominations and awards

These listings are based on the Awards Database maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[5]

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

With the rise of digital non-linear editing systems, the award name was changed to Best Editing in 1999.[citation needed]

2000s

2010s

  • 2010 The Social Network—Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
    • Black Swan—Andrew Weisblum
    • 127 Hours—Jon Harris
    • The Fighter—Pamela Martin
    • The King's SpeechTariq Anwar

References

  1. ^ a b Harris, Mark (January 6, 2008). "Which Editing is a Cut Above?". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/movies/awardsseason/06harr.html.  In 1980, Ordinary People won as Best Picture, but its editor Jeff Kanew was not nominated for Best Editing.
  2. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen—Special Rules for the Film Editing Award". 79th Academy Awards Rules for Distinguished Achievements in 2006. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. http://www.webcitation.org/5rJRCScnc.  Rules are published for each year's awards. In earlier years, different rules applied; thus Robert Parrish was nominated for All the King's Men (1949) with a credit as an "editorial consultant".
  3. ^ "Orange British Academy Film Awards: Rules and Guidelines 2008-2009". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 2010-07-18. http://www.webcitation.org/5rJRlHgT9. 
  4. ^ "Film Editing Facts". Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. March, 2010. http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/help/statistics/filmeditingfacts.html. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  5. ^ Listing generated by searching "The Official Academy Awards Database". http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/BasicSearchInput.jsp.  for all "film editing" awards.

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