Avid Receives ACE’s First-Ever Tech Award

The American Cinema Editors held its 60th annual Eddie awards ceremony last night with Bob Murawski & Chris Innis taking home the prize for “The Hurt Locker,” Debra Neil-Fisher winning for “The Hangover” and Kevin Nolting winning for “Up.” Alan Heim and Lee Percy won for “Grey Gardens.”

The ACE awards just seem to keep getting better, and this year the presentation was consistently entertaining, with a lot of humor and, at times, some rather edgy patter. I offer all the winners my humble congratulations.

From a tech-centric point of view, the highlight of the evening was ACE’s first-ever Technical Excellence Award, which went to the Media Composer. Avid CEO Gary Greenfield was there to receive it, and many Avid folk were on hand to share in the festivities.

The technical Eddie couldn’t have been awarded at a more appropriate time. Avid has made a remarkable turnaround in the last couple of years, and the Media Composer has come a long way very quickly. Congratulations to all those at Avid who helped make it possible.

The Winners Were:

Feature (Dramatic)
The Hurt Locker – Bob Murawski & Chris Innis

Feature (Comedy or Musical)
The Hangover – Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.

Animated Feature
UP – Kevin Nolting

Half-Hour Series
30 Rock: “Apollo Apollo” – Ken Eluto, A.C.E.

One-Hour Series for Commercial TV
Breaking Bad: “ABQ” – Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.

One-Hour Series For Non-Commercial TV
Dexter: “Remains to be Seen” – Louis Cioffi

Miniseries or Motion Picture for TV
Grey Gardens – Alan Heim, A.C.E. & Lee Percy, A.C.E.

The Cove – Geoffrey Richman

Reality Series
The Deadliest Catch: Stay Focused Or Die – Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl

Student Editing
Andrew Hellesen – Chapman University

Career Achievement
Neil Travis
Paul LaMastra

Golden Eddie
Rob Reiner

Technical Excellence
Avid Media Composer

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