Film Editing and the Road to the Oscars

Since 1934, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has presented an award for best film editing. Two film directors have had the honor of winning an Oscar for the craft of editing, James Cameron for Titanic (1997) and Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013). In filmmaking, the relationship between the film director and film editor is closely interwoven. Spanning over 5 decades, Thelma Schoonmaker has helped shape the films of Martin Scorsese and has been nominated for 8 films and has won for ‘Raging Bull’ (1980), ‘The Aviator’ (2004), and ‘The Departed’ (2006). Michael Kahn has worked with Steven Spielberg since ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and has also been nominated for 8 film editing awards, and won an Oscar for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981), ‘Schindler’s List’ (1993), and ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (1998).

The film editors nominated for the 95th Academy Awards are:

Monika Willi – Tár
Jonathan Redmond, and Matt Villa – ELVIS
Eddie Hamilton – TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Paul Rodgers Wins Academy Award for Best Editing

Paul Rodgers took home the Academy Award for Best Acting at the Oscar’s this year for his work on ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’. With Rodger’s use of quick cuts and his strong choice in his 2nd film as an editor.

Paul Rodgers: They’re my friends first before everything. And I care really deeply about them. And, you know, no matter what happens this movie really felt like an excuse to just spend time with people that I cared about. And Dan and Daniel, two people that I care really deeply about. And they also they allowed us to make this film in a really humane way, you know, reasonable hours time with our family. No yelling and screaming, no, you know.. Fights. It was all just let’s love each other and let’s make a great film to help the world. And I have been trying to take that forward with me to every project I do.

Paul Rodgers: You know, there’s a problem in our industry that the more you kill yourself for a movie, the braver you are. And that’s bullshit. You know, we can make films and we can and everyone’s job, we can do our jobs and we can live our lives. And the more fully we are able to live our lives and the more humanely we treat ourselves and the people around us, the better we can do our jobs. And that starts at the top with them. So, yeah I really value that of them. 

Eddie Hamilton – TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Eddie Hamilton is no stranger to working on fast paced action films. The editor of Top Gun: Maverick also worked as an editor with Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible: Fall Out and Kingsman.

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