Quentin Tarantino Still Mourning Death of Longtime Editor Sally Menke

Director "cannot go there" when asked about a replacement for future projects.

Quentin Tarantino might have been all smiles when receiving a special honor at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Friday.

But the director turned serious when talking backstage about his longtime editor and friend, Sally Menke, who died suddenly in September after a Los Angeles hike.

Tarantino said he hasn't even begun to think about finding a new editor for his next project. "I haven't even gone there," he said when asked. "I can't go there."

He did admit he would eventually move forward. "I will go on," he said. "But how? I cannot answer that right now."

He was honored with the first ever Critics' Choice Music + Film Award which was created to honor a single filmmaker who inspires moviegoers with cinematic storytelling but also heightened the impact of film through the use of source and soundtrack music.

Resevoir Dog cast member Tim Roth presented the award saying he was happy to "celebrate Quentin for using music so damn effectively."

When asked backstage if there was one song he was still eager to use in a film, he snapped back: "I'm not going to tell you, then somebody else will use it."

He later admitted there were a few songs that he's "keeping in reserve."