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Academy Award for Film Editing

Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Currently held by William Goldenberg
Argo (2012)
Official website

The Academy Award for Film Editing is one of the annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominations for this award are closely correlated with the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since 1981, every film selected as Best Picture has also been nominated for the Film Editing Oscar, and about two thirds of the Best Picture winners have also won for Film Editing.[1] Only the principal, "above the line" editor(s) as listed in the film's credits are named on the award; additional editors, supervising editors, etc. are not generally eligible.[2] The nominations for this Academy Award are determined by a ballot of the members of the Editing Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; there were 233 members of the Editing Branch in 2008.[1] The members may vote for up to five of the eligible films in the order of their preference; the five films with the largest vote totals are selected as nominees.[2] The Academy Award itself is selected from the nominated films by a subsequent ballot of all active and life members of the Academy. This process is essentially the reverse of that of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA); nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing are done by a general ballot of Academy voters, and the winner is selected by members of the editing chapter.[3]


This award was first given for films released in 1934. The name of this award is occasionally changed; in 2008, it was listed as the Academy Award for Achievement in Film Editing.


Category Name Superlative Year Notes
Most Awards Michael Kahn
Thelma Schoonmaker
Daniel Mandell
Ralph Dawson
3 awards
3 awards
3 awards
3 awards
Awards resulted from 8 nominations
Awards resulted from 7 nominations
Awards resulted from 5 nominations
Awards resulted from 4 nominations
Most Nominations Michael Kahn 8 nominations 2012 Nominations resulted in 3 awards
Most Nominations without a Win Gerry Hambling
Frederic Knudtson
6 nominations 1996
Died in 2013
Died in 1964

Superlatives taken from a document published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4]

Nominations and awards

These listings are based on the Awards Database maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[5]








With the rise of digital non-linear editing systems, the award name was changed to Best Editing in 1999.



See also


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