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ACE Eddie Awards Go To “Bohemian Rhapsody” And “The Favourite”

Last night saw an under the radar precursor give out its prizes, which in turn may have shifted one of the Oscar categories. Yes, Friday evening saw the American Cinema Editors give out their annual ACE Eddie awards. This yearly event usually can clue us in to what the frontrunners for Best Film Editing at the Academy Awards are. That may well be the case again here, though if that’s true, the Academy and its voters are going to be making an usual choice. They already did in terms of their nominees in the category though, so I suppose this is just par for the course…

In a bit of a surprise, the award for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) went to John Ottman for his work on Bohemian Rhapsody. Ottman won in an upset over Barry Alexander Brown for BlacKkKlansman, Jay Cassidy for A Star Is Born, Tom Cross for First Man, and the duo of Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough for Roma. Going into the night, you wouldn’t have been considered crazy to have named it the least likely to win in the category. As for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy), that also was an upset, though less shocking of one. This prize went to Yorgos Mavropsaridis for editing The Favourite. Mavropsaridis’ win came at the expense of Hank Corwin for Vice and Patrick J. Don Vito for Green Book, considered the safer bets. Also nominated in the category was Myron Kerstein for Crazy Rich Asians, as well as the team of Dirk Westervelt, Craig Alpert, and Elísabet Ronaldsdottir for Deadpool 2. You can see the rest of the winners below, but those were the two big ones to really take note of.

Here now are all of the ACE Eddie winners from yesterday:

Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
John Ottman, ACE

Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)
“The Favourite”
Yorgos Mavropsaridis, ACE

Best Edited Animated Feature Film
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Robert Fisher, Jr.

Best Edited Documentary (Theatrical)
“Free Solo”
Bob Eisenhardt, ACE

Best Edited Documentary (Non-Theatrical)
“Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”
Greg Finton, ACE & Poppy Das, ACE

Best Edited Comedy Series for Commercial Television
“Atlanta” – “Teddy Perkins”
Kyle Reiter

Best Edited Comedy Series for Non-Commercial Television
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – “Simone”
Kate Sanford, ACE

Best Edited Drama Series for Commercial Television
“Killing Eve” – “Nice Face”
Gary Dollner, ACE

Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television
“Bodyguard” – “Episode 1”
Steve Singleton

Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television
“Escape at Dannemora” – “Episode Seven”
Malcolm Jamieson & Geoffrey Richman ACE

Best Edited Non-Scripted Series
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” – “West Virginia”
Hunter Gross, ACE

Student Winner
Marco Gonzalez – Boston University

As you can see, we likely have an Oscar race set up that will be between Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite, at least in terms of the Film Editing category. Especially with presumed early frontrunners like First Man, Roma, and A Star Is Born snubbed, the pathway is clear. Hypothetically, you can’t count out BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, and Vice, but losses here definitely damaged them in the category. Who will emerge victorious? You’ll have to sit tight for a few more weeks, but in the meantime, updated predictions on Friday will be sure to reflect this. Make certain to check back then…

Stay tuned to see which film takes Best Film Editing at the Academy Awards!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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