58th ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS COVERAGE

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On Sunday February 12th, 2008, I was invited by Avid to attend the ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton in the Beverly Hilton Ballroom. If you have never been to the Beverly Hilton, the ballroom is a glamorous location for an awards ceremony. It was beautifully laid out Black Tie affair. The Golden Globes have been held here.

The ACE Eddie awards honor those wonderfully creative Editors whose work in the past year have been of the utmost excellence. You could not find a more talented group of honored nominees. Norman Jewison was honored with a Golden Eddie for his body of work as one of the most successful Directors in Cinema. Norman’s films have 46 Academy Award nominations and twelve wins. A few of his notable films are Fiddler on the Roof, Jesus Christ Superstar, Agnes of God, Moonstruck, and The Hurricane. The ACE Eddie Career Achievement Award honors went to Millie Moore for her brilliant body of work including Go Tell the Spartans, To Heal A Nation, and Johnny Got His Gun; and Bud Smith (Director and Editor) for his spectacular body of work including The Exorcist, The Karate Kid and The Sting.

Brilliant Patton Oswalt was the host for the Eddie Awards. I am sure many of you remember him as the adorable rat from PIXAR’s Ratatouille. Patton’s cutting edge humor was a refreshing touch to the atmosphere. I never laughed so hard. Several celebrities made appearances as presenters. Anton Yelchin, Academy Award nominee Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Bonnie Hunt, Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist), and Michael Moore (Sicko). The entire awards ceremony and presentation went off without a hitch. The highlight of the awards was the nominees and winners.

WINNERS OF THE 58TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS

GOLDEN EDDIE:
Norman Jewison, Director

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
The Bourne Ultimatum
Christopher Rouse, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “The Bat Mitzvah”
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
Chuck: “Pilot”
Norman Buckley, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Sopranos: “Made in America”
Sidney Wolinsky, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
PU-239
Tatiana S. Riegel A.C.E. and Leo Trombetta, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
The Company: Night 2
Scott Vickery, A.C.E. and Robert Ferretti, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:
Sicko
Geoffrey Richman, Chris Seward & Dan Swietlik

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:
Cops “Country Love”
Chuck Montgomery, A.C.E. & Michael Glickman

I want to thank Avid’s Jennifer Rosenberg and Doug Price for inviting me to the Eddie Awards. It was an eye opening experience. It was nice to see first hand Avid’s involvement and support throughout the entertainment industry. It helps you to realize that purchasing software is not just about the engineering but also about the people behind the product.

For more information about the Eddie Awards please go to http://www.ace-filmeditors.org/newace/intro.html

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Akiko Ashley

Akiko Ashley is Founder and Partner in Luminetik Studios in Santa Monica California. Akiko has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in video games, music, and film (producer, VFX producer, and animation production). Luminetik has done a full CG short based on their own IP ahead of it's time in "Kuriocity" with two female leads in 2007. Luminetik has worked done VFX for motion pictures, television, & commercials including a set of Superbowl Commercials for Arm & Hammer starring Jason Giambi. Akiko helped Luminetik become one of the first sponsors of DV Expo in NYC. Akiko has been a strategic advisor to Architosh magazine for 10 years and has been on the Advisory Board of Keyframe Magazine and HDRI Magazine. Akiko has been a speaker at SIGGRAPH, and did speaking engagements at Art Institute for for IGDA. Currently Akiko is freelance producer, and freelance editor and writer for young adult books, comics and magazines. In addition she is a photographer capturing candid moments of celebrities and other well known personalities.

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