Star Trek Editors Pick Up ACE Nomination + Star Trek On Makeup Oscar Shortlist

On Monday night the 2009 Star Trek movie picked up yet another guild nomination. The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominated Star Trek’s pair of editors Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey for Best Edited Dramatic Feature Film. Earlier in the day the WGA nominated the Star Trek writers, but the Cinematographers did not follow suit. Below we have a full breakdown of the guild nominations for Star Trek so far.


Star Trek Editors up for an Eddie
The ACE breaks down their ‘Eddie’ editing awards into three categories: Dramatic, Comedy/Musical and Animated. Star Trek was nominated in the Dramatic category here is the full list (via ACE site).


  • "Avatar," Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E.; John Refua, A.C.E.; James Cameron, A.C.E.
  • "District 9," Julian Clarke
  • "The Hurt Locker," Bob Murawski, Chris Innis
  • "Star Trek," Maryann Brandon, A.C.E; Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E.
  • "Up in the Air," Dana Glauberman, A.C.E.

This is Brandon’s first ACE nomination, but she has previously been nominated for an Emmy (for Alias). Markey has was nominated for an ACE for her work on the TV movie Life Support and has also been nominated for three Emmys (with one win).

It is interesting to see how again we see Avatar and District 9 listed. This seems to be a  year for the guilds take sci-fi seriously. 

Clip of the space jump in "Star Trek" shows off the editing

Star Trek on Oscar Makeup shortlist
On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their shortlist for the makeup Oscar. They are:

  • "District 9"
  • "Il Divo"
  • "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
  • "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
  • "The Road"
  • "Star Trek"
  • "The Young Victoria."

Members of the Academy’s makeup branch will narrow the list down to three for the final Oscar nominations.

One of Star Trek’s makeup artists hard at work turning Eric Bana into a Romulan

Star Trek 6 for 8 with Guilds so far
The ACE nomination was the second guild nod on Monday for Star Trek, following the WGA nomination for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. However, Star Trek did not make it a trifecta, as American Cinematographers Society (ASC) also announced their nominees on Monday, but Star Trek’s Daniel Mindel didn’t make the list.

For those keeping score here is how Star Trek has done with the guild nominations so far (one one guild has announced winners):

Winners for the the rest of the above are to be announced later in January and February. There will also be announcements of guild nominations for sound, costumers, and visual effects.

No love for lens flares? Star Trek DP Daniel Mindel on the set of "Star Trek" was not nominated by the ASC – but other guilds have shown their Trek love



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Congratulations! The editing was superb!

Great Cast not surpised it won that already, could also pick a fair few others i think .

Congratulations to Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey. Best cut film of the year. Kirk’s birth alone still makes me well up; the editors’ choices with Abrams’ on just how long to hold shots, when to drop sound and emphasize music, throughout the entire piece, they knew when to keep things moving and when to slow up just enough to spend time with such keen performances.

A hearty ale all ’round for the men, and Veuve Cliquot for the ladies! For just being nominated! To me, these guilds are saying, “Trek works again as a franchise–just look at the details, then look me right in the face, and lie to me and say it sucks.”

I will be eternally grateful that sci-fi has broken into the mainstream being considered for these awards, but do you honestly think any of the characters of “Trek” will be nominated for Best Actor or “Trek” itself for Best Picture?

The guys with the Oscar ballots are going to write off :Star Trek” as a popcorn move in favor of more “cerebral” flix like “District 9” or the ham-handed “Avatar.”

The only guy who can save Trek now is David Mamet. Just kidding.


#4: “I will be eternally grateful that sci-fi has broken into the mainstream being considered for these awards”

Sci-fi has been mainstream for as long as there has been cinema … Awards don’t signify entry into the mainstream, they signify recognition as Serious Stuff Worth Taking Seriously, by and for the kind of people who think that’s a good idea.

In reference to the new trekmovie poll, I think Quinto will do Spock, well, until death do they part. Doubtful the rest will go beyond three films.

I wonder how much fan mail Quinto gets.

I should add to #7 that I hope the Trek `09 cast does go beyond three films.

As Star Trek continues to be recognized for various guild awards I am becoming more and more confident that Star Trek may be nominated for best film.

If it doesn’t make the field of ten it will be very close.

Star Trek awarded for editing? Ok, let me just go over a few things.

Example One
Crew 1: You should see this! It looks like a lightning storm.
*moments later*
Crew 2: Still out of visual range.

Example Two
Robau: Fire all phasers! *Phasers fire* Damage report?
Crew: Warp drive has been knocked out! Never seen anything like it! Weapons offline! Main power at 33%!
*Phasers are still firing and the Warp Engine is used after more bombardments*

Example Three
*Robau needs to go up to the shuttle bay since it’s structure is above the bridge, but is shown going down all the way from the ceiling. He is then shown walking up a flight of stairs. So he went up, down, up again and finally to the shuttle.

That’s the first 10 minutes of the movie. I could fix all of that and not miss a thing. Great editing also applies to attention to detail, not just making things look good. I’ve seen all but the Hurt Locker on that list of nominated films but everything else does have better pacing and better story structure that is heavily influenced by the editing department. Trek09 editing feels a crash course on how to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible which feels wasteful, like that Klingon sequence.

Re: Example Three

– I don’t get why people can’t look at the Kelvin and the position of the shuttlebay in relation to the bridge, and not see that in order to get to the shuttlebay, you have to go down, then up. It’s really not a hard concept.

@ 12 … I’ll have to double check later but I think Robau would have to go up more than a short flight of stairs to get to the shuttle bay.

I should have said to the shuttle bay from the saucer section.

@12: “in order to get to the shuttlebay, you have to go down”

The issue here is that when you see the turbolift coming down the tubes, we’re already in the shuttle bay. He gets out when it reaches the very bottom.
So in reality, the shot we see of the Turbolift going down would be the second time his turbolift went down, not the first.

I believe that the core cast will do the 3 movies that they are contracted to do but no more. I don’t think that any of them want to become as involved in the Star Trek realm as Nimoy and Shatner (Quinto might be the exception but im not sure). But I guess you never know. Nobody thought there would be more than one original crew movie…

^11 Jeyl

Yeah, but that’s how one gets around a Navy ship. Up, down, knock your knees a few times, and sooner or later you get where you’re going.

C.S. Lewis

Example Three
*Robau needs to go up to the shuttle bay since it’s structure is above the bridge, but is shown going down all the way from the ceiling. He is then shown walking up a flight of stairs. So he went up, down, up again and finally to the shuttle.

Cut out the ridiculous griping! Point is that Star Trek deserves these awards. I hope, but doubt that the sequel can top this greatness :)

#18: “Cut out the ridiculous griping! Point is that Star Trek deserves these awards.”

You and logic haven’t met yet, have you?

#10, oh Voodoo! Such the optimist. None of the awards for which it has been nominated so far put it in the best picture category. Never gonna happen.

But this is one nomination I have no beef with. I do believe the editing saved this film’s story. There’s not a lot editing can do to save bad continuity, but it has everything to do with making a weak story spring to life, preventing the audience from asking “what!?” during the film. Star Trek paced along like a thoroughbred all the way to photo finish. That’s good editing. Only after it was over did I ask myself, “hey wait a minute …!”

“Dramatic Feature”? The movie was pure nonstop action.

Best editing and best picture go hand in hand. As great as “Star Trek” was, you just can’t give it the best editing award. That goes to the best film of the year, since editing is a big part of making a movie work. As important as acting, directing and writing. The new film had a few silly moments, such as when Kirk’s hands expand. The films likely to be nominated for best picture were edited better than “Star Trek”. Its about making everything fit logically in a believable manner. While “Star Trek” had very good editing, there were still some plot holes, such as what was Nero doing for 25 years while waiting for Spock. In my opinion, while I haven’t seen “The Hurt Locker”, from what I have heard, I would guess that it will win best editing.

This film had SO much going for it, from what appeared on-screen to what went on behind the scenes. The editing was superb, as was pretty much everything else, IMO. And, once again, I will reiterate that, while winning awards is always a plus, Star Trek doesn’t need to win any awards to prove that it succeeded. Star Trek, as a franchise, is viable again, and that is all the success we Trek fans needed from that film.

#23. P Technobabble – January 13, 2010
“Star Trek doesn’t need to win any awards to prove that it succeeded.”

Even though I don’t agree that this film was a success, I do agree with your overall statement. “Star Trek” as proven itself in the pat to be a success, and it doesn’t really need any awards to back up its accomplishments.


#23. P Technobabble – January 13, 2010
“Star Trek, as a franchise, is viable again, and that is all the success we Trek fans needed from that film.”

I disagree. “Star Trek” fans deserve a franchise that wants to become viable in a meaningful way, and J. J.’s version doesn’t do that from my perspective. He turned the franchise into a science-fiction cartoon.


This movie IS a success. Maybe not with you. But it is with me and a lot of others. If this movie wasn’t meaningful, we wouldn’t be talking about a sequel right now. Mostly positive critical and fan reviews. $380 million in revenue. A sequel. Strong dvd and Blu Ray sales. This movie is an undisputed and unqualified success. Just because you didn’t get the “Star Trek” you felt entitled to doesn’t mean you get to change the facts or speak for everyone else on this site.

#23: “Star Trek, as a franchise, is viable again […]”

All the shows are still canceled. None of them are renewed, and there is no new show appearing to augment them. The torch of Star Trek remains pitch black and ice cold.

A movie is nice tie-in merchandise. A high-profile movie? Bonus. But it’s still two hours of frothy action, with another two hours to follow three years later.

Whoop-de-doo, really. Star Trek is more “back” with the release of a new batch of novels, by far, than with one measly motion picture.

@ 19
You sir, are most illogical. The point of Star Trek is not how much it matches the original set, or even how much it matches the original universe. The point of the movie is to show us a place where people can explore, live, learn, hope, and dream. The characters are slightly different but they still are trying to help the universe(s). Leonard Nimoy likes and was in the movie, and he’s the most logical guy around!

@ 25

It was far from meaningful. It was profitable. Don’t mix artistic success with commercial success.

@ 27

Nimoy got a nice paycheck. Enough said.

#28 Totally wrong on both counts, sir!

In fact, Mr.Nimoy said he had shed a tear during the scene where Kirk met McCoy. The movie was quite meaningful to him. If it was just about the money, he would have done “Generations”. He didn’t because he didn’t like the script. He did this movie because he knew that J.J Abrams, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman knew the characters, especially Spock. He is right. They do understand the characters. A lot better than a lot of fans think they do.

I agree with 29 and what he said. I’ve read Mr. Nimoy’s books and he turned down a lot of things that went against Star Trek’s integrity. Star Trek will continue to live long and prosper and may Leonard Nimoy do the same.