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American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic

The American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic is one of the annual awards given by the American Cinema Editors, awarded to what members of the American Cinema Editors Guild deem as the best edited dramatic film for a given year. Before splitting in 2000, this award included both dramatic and comedic/musical.

This award has been a good indicator of the winners and nominees for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

Winners and nomineesEdit


Best Edited Feature Film

Year Film Editor(s)
1961 The Parent Trap Philip W. Anderson
Fanny William H. Reynolds
The Hustler Dede Allen
Judgment at Nuremberg Frederic Knudtson
Pocketful of Miracles Frank P. Keller
1962 The Longest Day Samuel E. Beetley
Lawrence of Arabia Anne V. Coates
Mutiny on the Bounty John McSweeney, Jr.
To Kill a Mockingbird Aaron Stell
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Walter Thompson
1963 How the West Was Won Harold F. Kress
Cleopatra Dorothy Spencer
Hud Frank Bracht
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Frederic Knudtson, Robert C. Jones and Gene Fowler Jr.
Tom Jones Antony Gibbs
1964 Mary Poppins Cotton Warburton
Becket Anne V. Coates
My Fair Lady William H. Ziegler
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Fredric Steinkamp
What a Way to Go! Marjorie Fowler
1965 The Sound of Music William H. Reynolds
Dear Brigitte Marjorie Fowler
The Flight of the Phoenix Michael Luciano
A Thousand Clowns Ralph Rosenblum
Tokyo Olympiad Richard L. Van Enger
1966 Fantastic Voyage William B. Murphy
Grand Prix Fredric Steinkamp (supervising editor), Henry Berman, Stu Linder and Frank Santillo
The Professionals Peter Zinner
The Sand Pebbles William H. Reynolds
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sam O'Steen
1967 The Dirty Dozen Michael Luciano
Beach Red Frank P. Keller
Bonnie and Clyde Dede Allen
Doctor Dolittle Samuel E. Beetley and Marjorie Fowler
In the Heat of the Night Hal Ashby
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Robert C. Jones
1968 Bullitt Frank P. Keller
The Boston Strangler Marion Rothman
Funny Girl William Sands, Robert Swink and Maury Winetrobe
The Odd Couple Frank Bracht
Oliver! Ralph Kemplen
1969 Hello, Dolly! William H. Reynolds
Anne of the Thousand Days Richard Marden
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid John C. Howard & Richard C. Meyer
The Secret of Santa Vittoria Earle Herdan and William A. Lyon


Year Film Editor(s)
1970 Patton Hugh S. Fowler
Airport Stuart Gilmore
The Great White Hope William H. Reynolds
M*A*S*H Danford B. Greene
Tora! Tora! Tora! Inoue Chikaya, Pembroke J. Herring and James E. Newcom
1971 Summer of '42 Folmar Blangsted
The African Elephant Alan Jaggs
Fiddler on the Roof Antony Gibbs and Robert Lawrence
The French Connection Gerald B. Greenberg
Kotch Ralph E. Winters
Willard Warren Low
1972 Cabaret David Bretherton
The Godfather Peter Zinner
The Poseidon Adventure Harold F. Kress
1973 The Sting William H. Reynolds
The Day of the Jackal Ralph Kemplen
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Frank P. Keller and James Galloway
1974 The Longest Yard Michael Luciano
Earthquake Dorothy Spencer
The Towering Inferno Harold F. Kress and Carl Kress
1975 Jaws Verna Fields
The Hindenburg Donn Cambern
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Richard Chew, Lynzee Klingman and Sheldon Kahn
1976 Rocky Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad
All the President's Men Robert L. Wolfe
Network Alan Heim
1977 The Turning Point William H. Reynolds
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Michael Kahn
Star Wars Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew
1978 The Deer Hunter Peter Zinner
Hooper Donn Cambern
Superman Stuart Baird
1978 All That Jazz Alan Heim
Apocalypse Now Richard Marks, Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg and Lisa Fruchtman
The Black Stallion Robert Dalva


Year Film Editor(s)
1980 Raging Bull Thelma Schoonmaker
Coal Miner's Daughter Arthur Schmidt
Fame Gerry Hambling
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Michael Kahn
On Golden Pond Robert L. Wolfe
Reds Dede Allen and Craig McKay
1982 Gandhi John Bloom
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Carol Littleton
Tootsie Fredric Steinkamp and William Steinkamp
1983 WarGames Tom Rolf
Flashdance Bud S. Smith and Walt Mulconery
The Right Stuff Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart and Tom Rolf
1984 Amadeus Nena Danevic and Michael Chandley
The Killing Fields Jim Clark
Romancing the Stone Donn Cambern and Frank Morriss
1985 Witness Thom Noble
Out of Africa Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp, Pembroke J. Herring and Sheldon Kahn
Runaway Train Henry Richardson
1986 Platoon Claire Simpson
Hoosiers C. Timothy O'Meara
The Mission Jim Clark
1987 The Last Emperor Gabriella Cristiani
Broadcast News Richard Marks
Fatal Attraction Michael Kahn and Peter E. Berger
1988 Mississippi Burning Gerry Hambling
Rain Man Stu Linder
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Arthur Schmidt
1989 Glory Steven Rosenblum
Born on the Fourth of July David Brenner and Joe Hutshing
Field of Dreams Ian Crafford


Year Film Editor(s)
1990 Dances with Wolves Neil Travis
Ghost Walter Murch
Goodfellas Thelma Schoonmaker
1991 JFK Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia
The Silence of the Lambs Craig McKay
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Conrad Buff, Mark Goldblatt and Richard A. Harris
1992 Unforgiven Joel Cox
A Few Good Men Robert Leighton
The Last of the Mohicans Dov Hoenig and Arthur Schmidt
The Player Geraldine Peroni
Scent of a Woman William Steinkamp, Michael Tronick and Harvey Rosenstock
1993 Schindler's List Michael Kahn
The Fugitive Dennis Virkler, David Finfer, Dean Goodhill, Don Brochu, Richard Nord and Dov Hoenig
In the Line of Fire Anne V. Coates
In the Name of the Father Gerry Hambling
The Piano Veronika Jenet
1994 Forrest Gump Arthur Schmidt
Pulp Fiction Sally Menke
The Shawshank Redemption Richard Francis-Bruce
Speed John Wright
True Lies Conrad Buff, Mark Goldblatt and Richard A. Harris
1995 Braveheart Steven Rosenblum
Apollo 13 Mike Hill and Daniel P. Hanley
Casino Thelma Schoonmaker
Crimson Tide Chris Lebenzon
The Usual Suspects John Ottman
1996 The English Patient Walter Murch
Evita Gerry Hambling
Fargo Roderick Jaynes
The Rock Richard Francis-Bruce
Shine Pip Karmel
1997 Titanic Conrad Buff, James Cameron and Richard A. Harris
Air Force One Richard Francis-Bruce
As Good as It Gets Richard Marks
Good Will Hunting Pietro Scalia
L.A. Confidential Peter Honess
1998 Saving Private Ryan Michael Kahn
The Horse Whisperer Hank Corwin, Freeman Davies and Tom Rolf
Out of Sight Anne V. Coates
Shakespeare in Love David Gamble
The Thin Red Line Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Klein

Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic

Year Film Editor(s)
1999 The Matrix Zach Staenberg
American Beauty Tariq Anwar and Christopher Greenbury
The Insider William Goldenberg, Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom
The Sixth Sense Andrew Mondshein
The Talented Mr. Ripley Walter Murch


Year Film Editor(s)
2000 Gladiator Pietro Scalia
Billy Elliot John Wilson
Cast Away Arthur Schmidt
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Tim Squyres
Traffic Stephen Mirrione
2001 Black Hawk Down Pietro Scalia
A Beautiful Mind Mike Hill and Daniel P. Hanley
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Richard Francis-Bruce
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring John Gilbert
Memento Dody Dorn
2002 Gangs of New York Thelma Schoonmaker
About Schmidt Kevin Tent
The Hours Peter Boyle
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Michael Horton
Minority Report Michael Kahn
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Jamie Selkirk
Cold Mountain Walter Murch
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Lee Smith
Mystic River Joel Cox
Seabiscuit William Goldenberg
2004 The Aviator Thelma Schoonmaker
Collateral Jim Miller and Paul Rubell
Finding Neverland Matt Chesse
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Sally Menke
Kinsey Virginia Katz
Million Dollar Baby Joel Cox
2005 Crash Hughes Winborne
Brokeback Mountain Geraldine Peroni and Dylan Tichenor
The Constant Gardener Claire Simpson
Good Night, and Good Luck Stephen Mirrione
Munich Michael Kahn
2006 Babel(TIE) Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Departed(TIE) Thelma Schoonmaker
Casino Royale Stuart Baird
The Queen Lucia Zucchetti
United 93 Clare Douglas, Richard Pearson, and Christopher Rouse
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Christopher Rouse
Into the Wild Jay Cassidy
Michael Clayton John Gilroy
No Country for Old Men Roderick Jaynes” (a.k.a. Joel and Ethan Coen)
There Will Be Blood Dylan Tichenor
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Chris Dickens
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon Dan Hanley and Mike Hill
Milk Elliot Graham
2009 The Hurt Locker Chris Innis and Bob Murawski
Avatar John Refoua, Stephen E. Rivkin, and James Cameron
District 9 Julian Clarke
Star Trek Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Up in the Air Dana E. Glauberman


Year Film Producer(s)
2010 The Social Network Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Black Swan Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter Pamela Martin
Inception Lee Smith
The King's Speech Tariq Anwar
2011 The Descendants Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen
War Horse Michael Kahn
2012 Argo William Goldenberg
Life of Pi Tim Squyres
Lincoln Michael Kahn
Skyfall Stuart Baird
Zero Dark Thirty Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
2013 Captain Phillips Christopher Rouse
12 Years a Slave Joe Walker
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
Her Jeff Buchanan and Eric Zumbrunnen
Saving Mr. Banks Mark Livolsi
2014 Boyhood Sandra Adair
American Sniper Joel Cox and Gary Roach
Gone Girl Kirk Baxter
The Imitation Game William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler John Gilroy
Whiplash Tom Cross
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Margaret Sixel
The Martian Pietro Scalia
The Revenant Stephen Mirrione
Sicario Joe Walker
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
2016 Arrival Joe Walker
Hacksaw Ridge John Gilbert
Hell or High Water Jake Roberts
Manchester by the Sea Jennifer Lame
Moonlight Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon
2017 Dunkirk Lee Smith
Blade Runner 2049 Joe Walker
Molly's Game Alan Baumgarten, Josh Schaeffer and Elliot Graham
The Post Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar
The Shape of Water Sidney Wolinsky
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody John Ottman
BlacKkKlansman Barry Alexander Brown
First Man Tom Cross
Roma Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough
A Star Is Born Jay Cassidy