Tomorrow is Oscar Day, dear readers, dear cineastes, and so I thought it only apropos, instead of going all over the Oscar predictions ad nauseam. You all know where I stand. It’s “King’s Speech” all the way, or just part of the way. And I predict it will upset in Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, AND Best Supporting Actress….
But I digress, so I wanted to do something a little special. So here’s a very nice thoughtful note from that most modest of three-time Oscar winners, Editing Legend Thelma Schoonmaker.
They have this wonderful event now in New York, coming up again in June, called Editfest, which is a two-day film festival of sorts for film editors. I was wildly interesting to me, as someone, who with my TV show, is basically dealing with editors on a day-to-day basis.
So I thought you’d like to hear a tiny touch of Thelma’s thoughtfulness. We had a conference call-interview, and I said to her that “You are the most Oscar-winning of Film Editors.” And Thelma didn’t think she was. But SHE is.
She’s tied with others, mainly men for winning three Oscars each. She’s got six nominations. And she sent me this lovely list of who won what and when.
I think she’s actually the most-heavily Oscared LIVING Film Editor. Of course, for film editing Martin Scorcese’s great ones.
Well, here as an Oscar day treat, is Thelma speaking in her own quiet, reserved voice, sending me a researched list I never asked for, but was thrilled to receive. I’ve held it back for a special occasion. So here it is.
“For the man who asked whether I had won more Oscars than other editors, here is the information:
RALPH DAWSON won 3 Oscars
1935-A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream
1936- Anthony Adverse
1938- The Adventures of Robin Hood
DAVID MANDELL won 3 Oscars for:
1942- The Pride of the Yankees
1946- The Best Years of Our Lives
BARBARA Mc Lean had 7 Oscar nominations
and won One Oscar as follows:
1936-Lloyds of London
1938-Alexander’s Ragtime Band
1939-The Rains Came
1943- The Song of Bernadette
1944- Wilson(won an Oscar for this)*
1950-All About Eve
William Reynolds had 7 Oscar nominations and won 2 Oscars as follows:
1965-The Sound of Music(won an Oscar for this)*
1969- Hello Dolly!
1972- The Godfather (with Peter Zimmer)
1973- The Sting(won an Oscar for this)*
1977-The Turning Point.
I have had six nominations.
And here’s the films Thelma received nominations and Oscars for – 1970 – Woodstock,
1980-Raging Bull(won), 1990 (Good Fellas), 2002(Gangs of New York), 2004, The Aviator(won), 2006(The Departed)
So with her three wins, and six nominations Thelma Schoonmaker is right up there tied with the Film Editing Oscar greats. Now she just needs one more win, and god bless her, I hope she gets another one, and she’ll be the most Oscar winning-est Film Editor of all time.
Thank you, Thelma, for going to all this trouble, and CONGRATULATIONS! And many more of the same, I’m so sure! Happy Oscars!