Editors Margaret Sixel ("Mad Max: Fury Road") and Hank Corwin ("The Big Short") were the big ACE winners Friday night at the Beverly Hilton thanks to the split between drama and comedy. Meanwhile, "Inside Out" (edited by Kevin Nolting) and "Amy” (edited by Chris King) took animation and doc, respectively.
This means"The Revenant" lost another opportunity for bragging rights for editor Stephen Mirrione. In terms of the bigger Oscar picture, Corwin becomes the frontrunner because of the surging momentum for "The Big Short," which took the PGA, although he'll have additional competition from Tom McArdle ("Spotlight"), who wasn't nominated by ACE but was nominated by the Academy for his less showy but very well crafted work on the Best Picture frontrunner.
And Saturday's Screen Actors Guild Feature Ensemble Award showdown between "The Big Short" and "Spotlight" should further solidify the Best Picture Oscar race in lieu of "The Revenant" being shut out of the SAG competition.
As director George Miller's wife, Sixel had the great advantage on "Fury Road" of being candid despite their different sensibilities. Indeed, both Miller and Sixel told me afterward that this made them better storytellers. "I tend to pile things on but she keeps me honest by focusing on what's really important at that moment," Miller said. "George and I are different but we work well together and this was the hardest but most gratifying movie I've ever worked on," Sixel added.
Corwin said was thrilled to be a part of "The Big Short" because it's smart, timely and important. "Only Adam could've made this movie this way because of his passion and improv background," Corwin told me. "The important thing for me as the editor was humanizing these characters." And McKay couldn't be more supportive of Corwin's invaluable contribution. "I wouldn't be here without him," he admitted.
Nancy Meyers ("The Intern") received the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor and Career Achievement Awards went to long-time Lawrence Kasdan collaborator Carol Littleton ("Body Heat," "E.T.") and Ted Rich ("Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere").