'Avatar,' 'Star Trek' land editing noms

'District 9,' 'Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air' also up for ACE Eddies

As the nominations were unveiled Monday for the American Cinema Editors' 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards, this year's awards season is looking more and more like a Hollywood version of Comic-Con.

Just like the Art Directors Guild, the editors organization nominated "Avatar," "District 9" and "Star Trek."

Those three movies will compete for best edited dramatic feature film along with "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air."

Two Meryl Streep vehicles -- "Julie & Julia" and "It's Complicated" -- were nominated in the best comedy or musical category along with "(500) Days of Summer," "The Hangover" and "A Serious Man."

For best animated film, the contenders are "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Up."

"This Is It," the Michael Jackson documentary, scored a slot in ACE's best documentary race alongside "The Cove" and "Food, Inc."

An honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950, ACE's noms usually point toward Oscar victory since no film has won an Oscar for best picture without also having received an ACE editing nom since "Ordinary People" in 1981.

Turning to television, the editors nominated episodes of "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Entourage" in the half-hour series category.

The one-hour, commercial TV category expanded to include episodes from five series: "24," "Breaking Bad," "ER," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Lost."

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In the ACE category for one-hour, non-commerical TV, which covers cable series, the nominees are two episodes of Showtime's "Dexter" and one of HBO's "True Blood."

The three nominees for miniseries or TV movie, which all aired on HBO, are "Grey Gardens," "Into the Storm" and "Taking Chance."

The nominees for reality series are episodes of "The Deadliest Catch," "Expedition Africa" and "Top Chef."

Winners will be announced at ACE's awards ceremony Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton.

AVID will receive ACE's first-ever Technical Excellence Award at the ceremony. Two career achievement honorees and ACE's Golden Eddie honoree will be announced next week.

A complete list of nominees for the 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards can be found on the next page.

60th annual ACE Eddie Awards nominees

Feature film (dramatic)
Avatar, Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua & James Cameron
District 9, Julian Clarke
The Hurt Locker, Bob Murawski & Chris Innis
Star Trek, Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey
Up in the Air, Dana Glauberman

Feature film (comedy or musical)
500 Days of Summer, Alan Edward Bell
The Hangover, Debra Neil-Fisher
Julie & Julia, Richard Marks
A Serious Man, Roderick Jaynes
It's Complicated, Joe Hutshing & David Moritz

Best edited animated feature film
Coraline, Christopher Murrie & Ronald Sanders
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Andrew Weisblum
Up, Kevin Nolting

Half-hour series for television
30 Rock: "Apollo Apollo," Ken Eluto
Curb Your Enthusiasm: "The Bare Midriff," Steven Rasch
Entourage: "The Sorkin Notes," Steven Sprung

One-hour series for commercial television
24: "8pm-9pm," Leon Ortiz Gil
Breaking Bad: "ABQ," Lynne Willingham
ER: "And in the End," Randy Jon Morgan & Jacque Toberen
Law & Order SVU: "Hardwired," Karen Stern
Lost: "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham," Christopher Nelson

One-hour series for non-commercial television
Dexter: "Living the Dream," Stewart Schill
Dexter: "Remains to be Seen," Louis Cioffi
True Blood: "Hard-Hearted Hannah," Louise Innes

Miniseries or motion picture for television
Grey Gardens, Alan Heim & Lee Percy
Into the Storm, John Bloom & Antonia Van Drimmelen
Taking Chance, Lee Percy & Brian A. Kates

The Cove, Geoffrey Richman
Food, Inc., Kim Roberts
This Is It, Don Brochu & Kevin Stitt

Reality series
The Deadliest Catch: "Stay Focused Ordie," Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl
Expedition Africa: "Stanley and Livingstone," Jonathon Braun, Brad Ley, Sven Pape & Molly Schock
Top Chef: "The Last Supper," Annie Tighe, Alan Hoang, Adrienne Salisbury & Kevin Leffler