Outstanding Achievement in Editing

In nonfiction filmmaking, the editor is the sculptor, the script writer and often the savior. They take hours and hours of raw footage and craft a narrative that gives life and resonance to the director’s vision. Here we acknowledge the editor’s prime role in the creative construction of documentary film. Previous winners in this category include Doug Abel, Jenny Golden and Andy Grieve for Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (2008), Jinx Godfrey for Man on Wire (2009), Janus Billeskov-Jansen and Thomas Papapetros for Burma VJ (2010), Chris King and Tom Fulford for Exit Through the Gift Shop (2011), Gregers Sall and Chris King for Senna (2012) and T. Woody Richman and Tyler H. Walk for How to Survive a Plague.

The Act of Killing

Nominated for Audience Choice, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Production

This monumental work situates itself in terrain so terrifying that few filmmakers would dare even visit. After connecting with a handful of boastful Indonesian thugs with a genocidal history, Joshua Oppenheimer offers them the opportunity to revisit their past through...

First Cousin Once Removed

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Filmed over the course of five years, “First Cousin Once Removed” is Alan Berliner’s compassionate, yet unsettling portrait of Edwin Honig — distinguished poet, translator, critic, and teacher who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. It is an unflinching essay...

Let the Fire Burn

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American MOVE organization and Philadelphia authorities. “Let the fire burn” were the...

Leviathan

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Editing, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

One of the most gripping and ferocious cinematic experiences of recent years, Leviathan is a documentary like no other. Shooting on a commercial fishing vessel off the New Bedford coast (in the same waters where Herman Melville’s Pequod gave chase...

Our Nixon

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Editing

Among the stranger remnants of the Watergate era are some 500 reels of Super 8 home movies created by aspiring – and conspiring – filmmakers named Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Chapin, which were confiscated and stored by the FBI. This recently...

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