LOS ANGELES—"Crash" and "Walk the Line" were honored on Sunday (Feb. 19) night as the year's best examples of that most important, but least understood of arts -- cinematic editing.
The American Cinema Editors gave the Eddie award for best edited feature film (dramatic) to Hughes Winborne for his work juggling a slew of interlocking narrative threads in Paul Haggis' "Crash." Michael McCusker, who handled both the passage of time and elaborate musical performance numbers on "Walk the Line," won for best edited feature film (musical or comedy).
In addition, Sabine Emiliani's ability to select just the right footage of adorable birds earned mad kudos, as "March of the Penguins" was named the year's best edited documentary.
Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") was the master of ceremonies for the event, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Ron Howard received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year and lifetime achievement prizes went to Ed Abroms ("The Sugarland Express") and Terry Rawlings ("Yentl").
At the Oscars next month, McCusker and Winborne will face off against Michael Kahn ("Munich"), Claire Simpson ("The Constant Gardener") and Mike Hill and Dan Hanley ("Cinderella Man") in one of the few categories not to feature "Brokeback Mountain" as a favorite.