Editor Anne V Coates receives Honorary Oscar
British film editor Anne V Coates, the winner of the 2000 EON Lifetime Achievement WFTV Award, received an Honorary Academy Award on Saturday (12 Nov) at the Governors Awards.
Along with Jackie Chan, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman, Anne – already an Oscar winner for Lawrence of Arabia, in 1963 – was honoured for her career spanning six decades, beginning with The Pickwick Papers in 1952.
Michael Tronick, a governor of the Academy’s Film Editors Branch, said Anne’s “accomplishments are unparalleled and groundbreaking on so many levels”, while Nicole Kidman paid tribute to a “great, great editor… She’s not a trailblazer for women, she’s a trailblazer for all of us.”
Richard Gere, edited by Anne in Unfaithful, presented the Honorary Award.
Anne said, “Looking back I wouldn’t change a thing… but my greatest productions are my three wonderful and talented children.” She added: “I like to think I can share this with all the editors, the unsung heroes out there working frantically as I speak. But we do so not entirely unnoticed!”