For the first time ever, an animated film won the ACE Eddie Best Edited Feature Film Award in the organization's 59-year history!
"Wall-E's" editor, Stephen Schaffer was awarded the comedy/musical trophy. In the drama category, "Slumdog Millionaire's" editor Chris Dickens earned top honors!
"Man On Wire's" Jinx Godfrey won for documentary.
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 59th annual Ace Eddie Awards:
EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Chris Dickens
EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
“Wall-E,” Stephen Schaffer
“Man on Wire,” Jinx Godfrey
EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION
“30 Rock: Reunion,” Meg Reticker
EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“Breaking Bad: Pilot,” Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.
EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“True Blood: Strange Love,” Michael Ruscio, A.C.E. and Andy Keir
EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“Recount,” Alan Baumgarten, A.C.E.
EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
“24: Redemption,” Scott Powell, A.C.E.
EDITED REALITY SERIES
“Greensburg: The Tornado,”
Leonard Feinstein and Phontaine Judd
STUDENT EDITING COMPETITION
Junna Xiao, American Film Institute
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The mixture of digital and 35 mm imagery, coupled with hand-held work paid off for "Slumdog Millionaire" and its director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle!
The film beat "Revolutionary Road," "The Reader," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "The Dark Knight."
But "Dark Knight" director, Christopher Nolan, was honored by the ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers) as well. Nolan was presented the ASC Board of Governors Award.
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Moviegoers love Jason Voorhees, putting "Friday the 13th" at the top of the box-office with $42.2 million, the highest for any horror opening. The remake beat previous record-holder, "The Grudge." The Sarah-Michelle Gellar-starrer sold $39.1 million in 2004.
Previous No. 1 film, "He's Just Not That Into You," fell to No. 2 with $19.6 million. Disney's comedy "Confessions of a Shopaholic" landed in No. 4 with $15.4 million, while Sony's thriller "The International" is No. 7 with $10 million.
Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Feb. 13:
1. "Friday the 13th," $42.2 million.
2. "He's Just Not That Into You," $19.6 million.
3. "Taken," $19.3 million.
4. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $15.4 million.
5. "Coraline," $15.3 million.
6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $11.7 million.
7. "The International," $10 million.
8. "The Pink Panther 2," $9 million.
9. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.2 million.
10. "Push," $6.9 million.
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Amidst nudity and much horsing around, "Equus" finished its Broadway run. But that didn't stop Robert Pattinson ("Twilight") fans from dreaming that their heartthrob is going to be on the show that prominently starred "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe.
After all, both actors appeared in two "Harry Potter" films.
But "Equus" producer, David Pugh said, that will not happen!
But he did admit that he will be working together with Pattinson on a theater project in 2010!
Rejoice Pattinson fans! You'll see the actor in the flesh! Yes, that's a double entendre
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Peter Gabriel says he's not performing at the Academy Awards! Why?
Because the singer does not believe the time limitations of performing an Oscar-nominated song will do justice to his nominated "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E."
Apparently, all the Oscar-nominated songs will each be performed for only 60-65 seconds in a medley.
Gabriel said he does not believe the song will work in such a truncated form!
Good for him!
You should visit Gabriel's website to see him say:
"It's a bit unfortunate...The songwriters are a very small part of the filmmaking process but we still work bloody hard and deserve (a bigger part in the ceremony)."
Oh yeah, he calls himself "old fart" too
Gabriel is hoping the Oscar telecast producers will re-think their move and reconsider full performances of each nominated song for next year's show.
HE SAID HE'LL STILL GO TO THE CEREMONY BECAUSE "It's a fun adventure," and he's hoping that the Soweto Gospel Choir will be booked to perform his nominated song.
I agree with Gabriel on this, and to think that there are only 3, count them, 3 nominees, can't the Oscar producers oblige?
Oh, and I'm still reeling from the Academy's omission of Bruce Springsteen's song from "The Wrestler."
Anyway, to refresh your lovely memories, here are the Oscar-nominated songs again. Guess who will win? My bet's on the closing theme of "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho." Come on, admit it, the song's fun and captures the spirit of the film! But I'll be happy if Gabriel wins, for I also love the mood of his song.
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
* “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
* “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam
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