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ACE Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

January 20, 2012 | By

Joel Cox

American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honor veteran editors Joel Cox, ACE and Doug Ibold, ACE with the organization’s lifetime career achievement award at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards on Feb. 18 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Clint Eastwood will present to Cox and Dick Wolf will present to Ibold. Patton Oswalt will serve as the evening’s MC and winners of the ACE Eddie Awards will be announced that evening in nine categories of film, television and documentaries.

Cox collaborated with Clint Eastwood for more than 35 years and won an Academy Award for best editing for his work on the director’s Unforgiven. He received another Oscar nomination for his editing work on Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby and earned a BAFTA nomination for his work on Changeling. His recent collaborations with Eastwood include J. Edgar, Hereafter, Invictus, Gran Torino and the companion World War II dramas Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

In addition, Cox was the editor on the Eastwood-directed films Mystic River, Blood Work, Space Cowboys, True Crime, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Absolute Power, The Bridges of Madison County, A Perfect World, The Rookie, White Hunter Black Heart, Bird, Heartbreak Ridge, Pale Rider and Sudden Impact.

Their relationship began in 1975 when Cox worked as an assistant editor on The Outlaw Josey Wales. Since then, Cox has worked in the editing room on more than 30 films that have, in some combination, been directed or produced by or starred Eastwood.

Doug Ibold

Veteran television editor Doub Ibold has been working as an editor in television for over four decades and has worked on seven television series that produced over 100 episodes each including Miami Vice, Law & Order, Law and Order: SVU, Magnum P.I., Walker, Texas Ranger, and others. He received an ACE Eddie nomination and an Emmy nomination for editing Michael Mann’s mini-series Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel and received two additional ACE Eddie nominations for Law & Order: SVU and for editing the television series Tour of Duty.

Ibold got his start in show business at an educational TV station where he did everything from directing, to camera work and audio recording. After quickly moving up the ladder he moved on to work for the CBS affiliate in his home state of Florida. But in 1969, under the influence of Easy Rider, he quit his job and drove around the United States for nine months before landing in Cincinnati, Ohio where he had some filmmaker friends. They formed a production company called Butterfly Films and made commercials and rock concert films in Ohio and New York. During this time Butterfly Films was hired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono who needed help completing a film to accompany the release of Lennon’s album Imagine. Additionally they worked with the Rolling Stones shooting their 1972 tour Exile on Main Street.

After several years working with Butterfly Films he made his way to the west coast and decided to work exclusively as a film editor which he had learned he loved during his years with Butterfly Films. Don Bellisario was an old friend of his brothers and Ibold and he were friendly. Ibold had just managed to get into the union and Bellisario hired him to edit Quincy, M.E. which became his first job in episodic television. Since then he has spent over 40 years working in the industry on some of the longest-running and most successful shows in American television history.

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