Nods keep coming for 'Slumdog'
Empty"Slumdog Millionaire's" triumphal march across the Hollywood awards landscape continued Sunday at the 59th annual ACE Eddie Awards, where the film's Chris Dickens took home the trophy for best edited feature film drama.
On Saturday, the film's production mixer Resul Pookutty and rerecording mixers Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke accepted the award for outstanding achievement in motion picture sound mixing at the Cinema Audio Society's 45th annual awards dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
"This is the biggest honor I can ever get," a visibly moved Pookutty said. "Twelve years ago in India, I started in production sound. There was basically no production sound in that country. When I started off, I walked to the train station. I had no money. … This is recognition of my struggle and of so many people like me working in the entertainment industry."
At the ACE awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton, "WALL-E" made history by becoming the first animated feature film to win an Eddie. Stephen Schaffer captured the prize for best edited feature comedy or musical.
"Man on Wire," a documentary about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, was named best edited documentary, with the award going to Jinx Godfrey.
Television winners included "30 Rock: The Reunion," edited by Meg Reticker; "Breaking Bad: Pilot," Lynne Willingham; "True Blood: Strange Love," Michael Ruscio and Andy Keir; "Recount," Alan Baumgarten; and "24: Redemption," Scott Powell.
Producer-director Richard Donner was honored as the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year, with Mel Gibson, who worked with the director on such movies as "Lethal Weapon" and "Maverick," presenting him with the award. Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Sidney Katz and Arthur Schmidt.
At the CAS event, "Slumdog" topped a feature category rounded out by "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "Quantum of Solace" and "WALL-E."
In the TV categories, the mixers on the "24" two-hour movie "Redemption" collected a win for series TV; the team from "John Adams/Episode One: Join or Die" topped the TV movies and miniseries category; and "Deadliest Catch: No Mercy" was recognized for a nonfiction, variety or music series or special. The mixers on "Smashing Pumpkins: If All Goes Wrong" were honored for DVD original program.
Production sound mixer Dennis Maitland received the CAS Career Achievement Award. Norman Jewison co-presented the honor with Maitland's son, Tod, also a sound professional.
Director, writer, producer and actor Paul Mazursky received the CAS Filmmaker Award.