Claire Simpson

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Claire Simpson is a British film editor. For her work on Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986), she won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing and was nominated for The Constant Gardener (2005), while her work on both films won her the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. She also worked as editor of Stone's Salvador (1986) and Wall Street (1987).

Claire Simpson - Quotes about editing[edit]

  • "I think that editing do with architecture and, having built a house recently, I can honestly say that dealing with the plumbing can be as tantalizing as disguising the mechanics of the plot."[1]
  • "Cutting rooms are only dark and gloomy places if you make them so. Hard work, educated taste, sharp instincts, and a flair for the absurd have been essential to my career as an editor as well as important ingredients for my life. And never underestimate the value of good luck. I know many extraordinarily talented people who have not been lucky enough to win an Academy Award. Don't get me wrong, it was remarkably validating to win. But what really counts is to face every working day with the guts to be honest, both with your director and with the material you're working with. If you can't do that, don't take the job."[1]


Year Film Director Notes Ref.
1984 C.H.U.D. Douglas Cheek
1986 Salvador Oliver Stone First collaboration with Oliver Stone
Platoon Second collaboration with Oliver Stone
1987 Someone to Watch Over Me Ridley Scott First collaboration with Ridley Scott
Wall Street Oliver Stone Third collaboration with Oliver Stone
Hell High Douglas Grossman
1988 Tequila Sunrise Robert Towne First collaboration with Robert Towne
1990 State of Grace Phil Joanou
1992 The Mambo Kings Arne Glimcher
1994 Black Beauty Caroline Thompson
1996 The Fan Tony Scott
1998 Without Limits Robert Towne Second collaboration with Robert Towne
1999 Jakob the Liar Peter Kassovitz
2001 Town & Country Peter Chelsom
2002 Possession Neil LaBute
2005 The Return Asif Kapadia
The Constant Gardener Fernando Meirelles
2008 Stop-Loss Kimberly Peirce
The Reader Stephen Daldry First collaboration with Stephen Daldry
2009 Nine Rob Marshall
2011 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Stephen Daldry Second collaboration with Stephen Daldry
2014 A Most Wanted Man Anton Corbijn
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Vinterberg
2017 The Snowman Tomas Alfredson
All the Money in the World Ridley Scott Second collaboration with Ridley Scott
2021 The Last Duel Third collaboration with Ridley Scott
House of Gucci Fourth collaboration with Ridley Scott
2023 Napoleon Fifth collaboration with Ridley Scott
2024 Gladiator II Sixth collaboration with Ridley Scott
Editorial department
Year Film Director Role Notes
1979 Caligula Tinto Brass Third assistant editor
1981 Reds Warren Beatty Assistant film editor
2015 Black Mass Scott Cooper Additional editing
Year Film Director Role
2003 Imagining Argentina Christopher Hampton Thanks
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick Special thanks

TV movies

Year Film Director
1983 Peace on Borrowed Time Malcolm Clarke

TV series

Year Title Notes
2020 Raised by Wolves 1 episode
Editorial department
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Kennedy Editor 7 episodes

Academy Award nominations & wins[edit]

Other awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wood, Jennifer M. (3 February 2007). "The Closest Thing to Alchemy: Academy-Award winning editor Claire Simpson". MovieMaker Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Claire Simpson - Independent Talent". Independent Talent Group. Retrieved 4 October 2023.

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