Lee Smith's editing of Dunkirk and Tatiana S. Riegel's cut of I, Tonya topped the feature competition at the 68th annual American Cinema Editors' Eddie Awards, winning trophies in the categories of best edited dramatic feature and best edited comedy feature, respectively.
Both editors are also nominated for the Academy Award in film editing, along with editor Sidney Wolinsky for The Shape of Water, who was also nominated for an Eddie in the dramatic feature category; and editors Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss for Baby Driver and John Gregory for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, who were nominated for the Eddie in the comedy feature competition.
In 10 of the last 15 years, the winner of the best edited dramatic feature category went on to win the Oscar for film editing. In 2003, Chicago, the winner of the Eddie for best edited musical or comedy, won the Academy Award in the category.
Friday night at the Beverly Hilton, another big winner was Will Znidaric, who won two trophies during the ceremony. He, along with Joe Beshenkovsky and director Brett Morgen, won the feature documentary category for Jane; and he additionally won the best edited small screen documentary trophy for Five Came Back: The Price of Victory.
The Eddie for best edited animated feature was awarded to Steve Bloom for Disney/Pixar's Coco. This category was introduced in 2010, and since then, the film that won the Eddie has mirrored the recipient of the Oscar for best-animated feature all but once (in 2015, when The Lego Movie won the Eddie and Big Hero Six grabbed the Oscar).
During the evening, Vince Gilligan received ACE's Golden Eddie. Additionally, Career Achievement Awards were presented to Oscar-nominated editor and an ACE past president Mark Goldblatt, whose credits including The Terminator, Terminator 2 and Starship Troopers; and Leon Ortiz-Gil, whose TV credits include Law & Order, 24 and Battlestar Galactica.
Goldblatt stole the show with his acceptance speech, during which he talked about working in “the greatest art form” and how “at their best, movies are the result of a massive collaboration.” His voice got stronger—and the cheers from the sold-out crowd got louder—as he urged his fellow editors to “be bold in your editing. Be aggressive. Be fierce and powerful. Never be afraid to take directors where they never thought to go. You never know, it might be exactly they need to go.”
And you could feel the love in the room as Ortiz-Gil, so moved that he had to pause during his speech, was urged on by his friends and colleagues with cheers.
Gillian paid tribute to his collaborators in the editing room, saying “I have sat on various comfy sofas behind a whole lot of brilliant editors who did their damnedest to make made me look like some kind of genius. I honestly believe that I would have a better chance at landing a Space Shuttle than operating an Avid.”
Additional winners included editors on Fargo, The Handmaid's Tale, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Genius and Vice News Tonight.
A student award was presented to Mariah Zenk of Missouri State University.
The complete list of winners is below.