ACE Eddie Awards: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Frozen’ Top Films
“Captain Phillips” and its editor Christopher Rouse took kudos for dramatic feature, “American Hustle” editors Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers & Alan Baumgarten took the award for comedy or musical feature, and “Frozen’s” Jeff Draheim took home the Eddie for animated feature.
It’s the second major honor for “Captain Phillips” in a week, as the picture won the WGA’s adapted screenplay prize last Saturday.
The timing of the award was fortuitous for the A.C.E., as “Captain Phillips” helmer Paul Greengrass was the org’s Filmmaker of the Year honoree.
Tom Hanks introduced Greengrass, but first congratulated the A.C.E. on its 64 years and for having the largest trophy in show business. “Pardon my language but that thing is fuckin’ huge,” Hanks said.
Hanks hailed “United 93″ as a masterpiece. “He made a document, a public service that is all too full of uncomfortable truths.”
“Film is an unruly animal and you cannot master it but it must be mastered and you must control it,” Greengrass said. “And that is the paradox of filmmaking… And that happens in a cutting room.” He thanked the editors he’s worked with, “especially my dear dear friend Christopher Rouse,” calling their professional relationship “a marriage.”
“It’s part psychotherapy and part artistry, Greengrass said.
The documentary feature prize went to Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber & Jason Zeldes for ”20 Feet From Stardom.”
When the nominees for hourlong series for commercial TV we’re read, “The Good Wife” got a cheer — mostly out of sympathy, since four of the nominated episodes were from “Breaking Bad.”
Vince Gilligan’s acclaimed crime drama brought the commercial-TV hourlong series honor to Skip MacDonald for the episode “Felina.” David Rogers & Claire Scanlon won for the “Office” finale in the half-hour category and “Behind the Candelabra’s” Mary Ann Bernard (AKA Steven Soderbergh) won in minis/made-fors. Soderbergh, who used his mother’s name as a pseudonym, sent a message that his mother had died that morning and dedicated the award to her.
Terry Kelly won the non-commercial TV hourlong prize for “Homeland” episode “Big Man in Tehran.”
“This is better than the Oscar, I’ll tell you that right now,” Halsey said as the aud stood and applauded.
Jones, a bit stopped but still an imposing figure, admitted, “I spent many years battling with the feeling I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Before the show, contingents from the various contenders led cheers when their editors’ names appeared in the montage of past winners. Leonardo DiCaprio, seated next to editing legend Thelma Schoonmaker, led the cheers by the “Wolf of Wall Street” table, along with Jonah Hill. Presenting the award for documentary feature, Hill said he’d decided not to use his prepared speech. “I’m just going to improvise a bunch of stuff, somebody will deal with it later. Right, Thelma?”