“Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” were the big winners at Friday night’s 65th annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Richard Linklater’s Oscar favorite topped rivals “American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game” and “Whiplash” for drama, while Wes Anderson’s artsy romp beat “Birdman” for comedy/musical.
“The Lego Movie,” which was snubbed by the Academy, continues to play the animation spoiler, upending Oscar nominees “Big Hero 6” and “The Boxtrolls.” Meanwhile, Oscar frontrunner “Citizenfour” (Mathilde Bonnefoy) took the documentary feature category
Historically, it’s great news for “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” since the Eddie winner in either of their categories has gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture seven out of the last 12 years. Realistically, however, the momentum continues in “Boyhood’s” favor.
“Two more to go: the Spirit Awards and the Oscars,” smiled a giddy Sandra Adair backstage, who is now closer to winning the editing Oscar. “This film really was a like making a quilt. In he acceptance speech, Adair reiterated that Linklater’s unique 12-year odyssey was filled with the imperfections we all experience in life. For his part, Linklater said his professional relationship with Adair is the closest he’s shared with anyone.
For Barney Pilling, working with Wes Anderson has certainly elevated his craft. And he acknowledged that there’s nothing harder than editing such a richly nuanced comedy. “The technical stuff is pretty straightforward but handling the tone of the performances took a lot of work. And Ralph Fiennes is such a genius at language and body movement. But who knew that he had such great comic timing?”
Award-winning filmmaker Frank Marshall received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by the very hot Chris Pratt (who appears in the Marshall-produced “Jurassic World”). Marshall acknowledged the great dept he owes editors Verna Fields (“What’s Up, Doc?”) and Michael Kahn (“Arachnophobia”), reiterating what Steven Spielberg said at the ACE Awards about editing providing a second chance to perfect your movie.
Career achievement Awards went to industry veteran Diane Adler (“The Rockford Files”) and Oscar winner Jerry Greenberg (“The French Connection”). The Robert Wise Award was presented to trade journo Carolyn Giardina of THR.
Here is the full list of winners: