7:51pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Oscars 2015: 'Whiplash' Editor Tom Cross Wins in Film Editing
A little more than a year ago, Tom Cross — who started his career editing commercials in New York — was readying his third feature as sole editor for Sundance: Whiplash, a $3.1 million indie, shot in just 19 days, that was written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
One year later, he can call himself an Oscar winner. His kinetic cutting of Whiplash earned Cross the Academy Award in editing. Two weeks earlier, he claimed the BAFTA for his work on the film; Saturday, he won an Independent Spirit Award.
He topped a field of Oscar nominees that included Sandra Adair for Boyhood, William Goldenberg for The Imitation Game, Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Joel Cox and Gary Roach for American Sniper.