Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been selected by the board of directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Feb. 7 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Paul Greengrass is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in cinema today,” said the ACE board of directors in a release. “His latest film, Captain Phillips, is a masterwork yielding some of the finest filmmaking of the year that has already been honored with four Golden Globe nominations including best director… and a Directors Guild of America nomination for Best Director. He maintains one of the foremost director-editor partnerships in the industry with Christopher Rouse, ACE, who has edited all of his features since 2002.”
Greengrass joins a diverse group of past ACE Golden Eddie honorees including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Norman Jewison, Alexander Payne, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Saul Zaentz and Stanley Donen.
Paul Greengrass earned an Academy Award-nomination for best director as well as a best original screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America for his work on United 93. Additionally, he won BAFTA’s David Lean Award for direction and best director awards from the London Film Critics’ Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics. He was also nominated for a BAFTA award for best director, and won best director honors at the London Film Critics’ Awards for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum, which received three Academy Awards and two BAFTA awards. Greengrass also directed the feature films Green Zone and The Bourne Supremacy. Another of his films, Bloody Sunday, was honored with the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Greengrass was named best director at the British Independent Film Awards.
Greengrass has also had a long career in British television. He has written and directed television films concerned with social and political issues, including The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, winner of BAFTA’s best single drama award in 2000 and the special jury prize at the BANFF World Television Festival. Additional television films directed by Greengrass include The Fix, The One That Got Away and Open Fire.
Greengrass produced and co-wrote the 2004 television film Omagh, set in the aftermath of a real IRA car-bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Omagh won BAFTA’s best single drama award in 2005 and was named best Irish film at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) in 2004.
Captain Phillips, Greengrass’s newest film, is an examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.