Rajskub, Platt, Damon Entertain At 2015 ACE Eddie Awards
Actor Matt Damon holds the crowd’s attention at the 2015 Eddie Awards.
By: Marjorie Galas
Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, host of the 65th Annual Eddie Awards held Friday, January 30th warmed up the packed to capacity room with jokes indicated editors were able to increase Ben Affleck’s “presence” in the much hyped nude shower scene during “Gone Girl.”
“Give him three more inches,” joked Rajskub an editor in the crowd yelled back they removed three inches from actor Ken Jeong in “The Hangover” franchise.
With the crowd’s attention in her hands, Rajskub brought the focus to the American Cinema Editor’s achievement in hiring and honoring women in lead editing roles for many decades.
“In Hollywood, they are saying it is the ‘Year of the Woman’ but editors have been putting women at the forefront for many years,” said Rajskub.
The evening’s first award was not presented to an editor but to journalist Carolyn Giardina. Giardina, who’s contributed to Variety, Shoot Magazine and the Hollywood Reporter over the years, received the Robert Wise Award for her efforts in highlighting advancements in the world of editing . Upon receiving the award, Giardina remarked that it was especially humbling to be accepting the award before so many individuals she’s highlighted over the years.
Producer Frank Marshall received the Golden Eddie Award. Upon welcoming Marshall to the stage, actor Chris Platt jokingly argued with himself which Marshall movie ranked higher: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Goonies” or “Gremlins.” Upon receiving his award, Marshall reflected upon his earliest experiences being involved with every aspect of film making with director Peter Bogdanovich while working on micro budget Roger Corman movies.
“Peter asked me what I wanted to do, and I said ‘I don’t know, I’ve never made a movie before.’”
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to editors Diane Adler, ACE and Jerry Greenberg, ACE. Unlike Adler who simply said “Thank you” upon receiving her award, Greenberg tied a story about a Johnny Walker billboard he marveled at as a eight year old boy into his editing career. Following Greenberg’s speech, presenter Matt Damon brought the crowd back in focus by praising the lifetime award recipient and stating “I’ll stay here all night if I have to.”
Below is a complete list of the evening’s winners:
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
Boyhood – Sandra Adair, ACE
BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Lego Movie – David Burrows & Chris McKay
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE):
Citizenfour – Mathilde Bonnefoy
BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (TELEVISION):
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life – Erik Ewers
BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Veep: “Special Relationship” – Anthony Boys
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Sherlock: “His Last Vow” – Yan Miles
BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
True Detective: “Who Goes There” – Affonso Gonçalves
BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:
The Normal Heart – Adam Penn
BEST EDITED NON-SCRIPTED SERIES:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Iran – Hunter Gross
BEST STUDENT EDITING
Johnny Sepulveda (Video Symphony)
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