new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
‘Argo’, ‘Zero’ among ACE noms Laden film does not advocate torture: Sony exec

LOS ANGELES, Jan 12, (RTRS): “Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables” may have been disappointed by the Directors Branch of the Academy on Thursday, but all three films received nominations for the top film editing award at the ACE Eddie Awards nominations were announced on Friday.

In the rare case of guild nominations announced after the Oscar nominations, the American Cinema Editors also honored the dramas “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi” and “Skyfall” and the comedies or musicals “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Ted.”

The ACE Eddie Awards category for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) almost exactly matched the Ocars category for Best Film Editing, with “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” all nominated. The only difference is that Oscar voters also nominated “Silver Linings Playbook,” while ACE Eddie voters put that film in the Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical) category and went with “Skyfall” in the drama group.

“Brave,” “Frankenweenie,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “Wreck-It Ralph” were nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, while documentary-editing nominees were “Samsara,” “Searching for Sugar Man” and “West of Memphis.”

In the television categories, “Girls,” “Modern Family” and “Nurse Jackie” were singled out among half-hour shows, while the one-hour series was split into two categories, one for commercial television and one for non-commercial television.

In the commercial television category, two episodes of “Breaking Bad” were nominated alongside “Mad Men,” “Nashville” and “Smash.”

The non-commercial television category consists of two episodes of “Homeland” and the pilot of “The Newsroom.”

“Game Change,” “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” the last of those edited by the legendary Walter Murch, were nominated in the miniseries or TV movie category.

No film has won won Best Picture at the Academy Awards without being nominated for an ACE Eddie Award since “Ordinary People” in 1981 - and given the films nominated this year, that statistic seems unlikely to change, with all the top contenders present and accounted for.

The ACE Eddie Awards will take place on Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in a ceremony hosted by David Cross from “Arrested Development.”
n Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic):
Argo William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
Life of Pi Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
Lincoln Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
Skyfall Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
Zero Dark Thirty Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. and William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
n Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical):
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Chris Gill
Les Misérables Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.
Moonrise Kingdom Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
Silver Linings Playbook Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers
Ted Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.

  •  Best Edited Animated Feature Film:

Brave Nicolas C. Smith, A.C.E.
Frankenweenie Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon
Rise of the Guardians Joyce Arrastia
Wreck-It Ralph Tim Mertens

  • Best Edited Documentary (Feature):

Samsara, Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson
Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul
West of Memphis, Billy McMillin

  • Best Edited Documentary (Television):

American Masters - Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune, Pamela Scott Arnold
The Dust Bowl - Episode 1: The Great Plow Up, Craig Mellish
The Weight of the Nation: Episode 1: Consequences, Paula Heredia

  • Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television: Girls:

“Pilot” Robert Frazen, A.C.E. & Catherine Haight
Modern Family: “Mystery Date” Ryan Case
Nurse Jackie: “Handle Your Scandal” Gary Levy

  • Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television:

Breaking Bad: “Dead Freight” Skip Macdonald A.C.E.
Breaking Bad: “Gliding Over All” Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.
Mad Men: “The Other Woman” Tom Wilson
Nashville: “Pilot” Keith Henderson
Smash: “Pilot” Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.

  • Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television:

Homeland: “The Choice” Terry Kelley, A.C.E.
Homeland: “State of Independence” Jordan Goldman
The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To (Pilot)” Anne McCabe, A.C.E.

  • Best Edited Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television:

Game Change Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E.
Hatfields & McCoys, Part 1 Don Cassidy
Hemingway & Gellhorn Walter Murch, A.C.E.

  • Best Edited Non-Scripted Series:

Beyond Scared Straight : “ Oklahoma County, OK - The Weight” Rob Goubeaux, A.C.E., Mark S. Andrew, A.C.E., Paul J. Coyne, A.C.E., Mark Baum, Jeremy Gantz, Johnny Skaare, J.C. Solis & Ken Yankee
Frozen Planet: “Ends of the Earth” Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly
Deadliest Catch: “I Don’t Want to Die” Josh Earl, A.C.E. & Alex Durham

LOS ANGELES: Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal lashed out on Friday at a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) who accused Osama bin Laden film “Zero Dark Thirty” of promoting torture and urged fellow Academy members not to vote for it in the Oscars race.
In a strongly worded statement, Pascal said the “attempt to censure one of the great films of our time should be opposed.”
“We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in AMPAS as a platform to advance their own political agenda,” said Pascal, who is co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of its Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.
“This film should be judged free of partisanship,” she said, adding that the film “does not advocate torture.”
Pascal’s comments came in response to Academy member David Clennon’s remarks at a rally against the torture of terror suspects in Los Angeles on Friday.
“I believe that the film clearly promotes a tolerance for torture,” Clennon told local ABC TV news affiliate KABC, adding “I hope that my fellow members of the Academy will consider the morality of each nominee.”
Clennon, an actor who appeared in 1980s TV series “thirtysomething,” also wrote an opinion piece earlier this week criticizing the film.
“At the risk of being expelled for disclosing my intentions, I will not be voting for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — in any Academy Awards category,” Clennon wrote on progressive news website in a Jan 9 posting.
“‘Zero’ never acknowledges that torture is immoral and criminal. It does portray torture as getting results,” he added.
The 6,000 members of the Academy are urged not to reveal who they cast their votes for. Academy Award winners are revealed at a ceremony in February, the highlight of Hollywood’s award season.
The Academy on Friday declined to comment on Clennon’s remarks.
“Zero Dark Thirty” won five Oscar nominations, including a nod for best picture, despite coming under attack in Washington over its source material and claims by politicians that it depicts torture as helping the United States find and kill the al-Qaeda leader in May 2011.
Among the film’s nominees were actress Jessica Chastain and screenwriter Mark Boal, but director Kathyrn Bigelow surprisingly failed to make the Oscar best director shortlist.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is a unit of Sony Corp.

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