11:59am PT by Carolyn Giardina
American Cinema Editors Revises Eddie Awards' TV Categories, Reveals 2018 Timetable
American Cinema Editors on Tuesday announced the timeline for its 68th annual Eddie Awards, which will be held Jan. 26, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton, along with revised documentary and television series categories.
For the first time, ACE will have separate categories for drama and comedy series, and there will no longer be half-hour and one-hour distinctions made in the categories. The number of nominees in each category has also been increased from three to four.
The new television series categories are best edited comedy series for commercial TV, best edited comedy series for non-commercial TV, best edited drama series for commercial TV and best edited drama series for non-commercial TV. Self-contained episodes that are not part of the series narrative, such as holiday specials, will compete in the TV movie/miniseries category.
"It is our hope that this adjustment to the television series categories will help reflect the vast landscape of outstanding offerings on the small screen," the ACE board of directors said in a released statement. "Separating the comedy and drama categories will allow for a more expansive and varied selection of nominees, and increasing the number of nominees in each category will highlight even more editors’ indelible contributions to the television medium."
Additionally, both the best edited documentary (film) and best edited documentary (non-theatrical) categories will feature four nominees. Previously, the feature film category had five nominees and the television category had three. Overall, these changes have increased the total number of competitive categories at the Eddie Awards from 10 to 11.
The awards timeline follows:
Oct. 2 — Submissions open
Nov. 17 — Submissions close
Dec. 4 — Nomination ballots open
Dec. 28 — Nomination ballots close
Jan. 3 — Nominations announced
Jan. 5 — Final ballots open
Jan. 14 — Blue Ribbon screenings (TV nominees)
Jan. 18 — Final ballots close
Jan. 24 — Nominees cocktail party
Jan. 26 — 68th annual ACE Eddie Awards