Saturn Award for Best Editing

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Saturn Award for Best Editing
Awarded forBest editing of the year for a genre film
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films
First awarded1977
Currently held byJennifer Lame for Oppenheimer (2022/2023)

The Saturn Award for Best Editing (originally Saturn Award for Outstanding Editing) is one of the annual awards given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The Saturn Awards, which are the oldest film-specialized awards to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film (the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is the oldest award for science fiction and fantasy films), included the category for the first time at the 5th Saturn Awards.[1]

The award was discontinued after being awarded again at the following ceremony, but was reactivated for the 38th ceremony in 2012. Paul Hirsch, who won the inaugural award for Star Wars (1977), sharing the award with Marcia Lucas and Richard Chew, won it again thirty-four years later for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011);[1] he is currently the only editor to have won it twice.[2]

Winners and nominees


Year Editors Film
Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew (Juried) Star Wars
Joe Dante and Mark Goldblatt (Juried) Piranha


Year Editor(s) Film
Paul Hirsch Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Super 8
Mark Day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Michael Kahn The Adventures of Tintin
Thelma Schoonmaker Hugo
Christian Wagner, Fred Raskin, and Kelly Matsumoto Fast Five
Alexander Berner Cloud Atlas
Stuart Baird and Kate Baird Skyfall
Bob Ducsay Looper
Jeffrey Ford and Lisa Lassek The Avengers
John Gilroy The Bourne Legacy
Tim Squyres Life of Pi
Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger Gravity
Peter Amundson and John Gilroy Pacific Rim
Alan Edward Bell The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Mark Day About Time
Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill Rush
Christian Wagner, Kelly Matsumoto, and Dylan Highsmith Fast & Furious 6
James Herbert and Laura Jennings Edge of Tomorrow
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt Captain America: The Winter Soldier
William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres Unbroken
John Ottman X-Men: Days of Future Past
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, and Craig Wood Guardians of the Galaxy
Lee Smith Interstellar
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Eddie Hamilton and Jon Harris Kingsman: The Secret Service
Dan Lebental and Colby Parker, Jr. Ant-Man
Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road
Kevin Stitt Jurassic World
Christian Wagner, Dylan Highsmith, Kirk Morri, and Leigh Folsom Boyd Furious 7
Michael Kahn The BFG
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt Captain America: Civil War
John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, and Jabez Olssen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Stefan Grube 10 Cloverfield Lane
Mark Livolsi The Jungle Book
Joe Walker Arrival
Bob Ducsay Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Debbie Berman and Michael P. Shawver Black Panther
Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt Logan
Gregory Plotkin Get Out
Paul Rubell and Christian Wagner The Fate of the Furious
Sidney Wolinsky The Shape of Water
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt Avengers: Endgame
James Herbert Aladdin
Nicholas Monsour Us
Kirk Morri Aquaman
Evan Schiff John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Christopher Tellefsen A Quiet Place
Bob Ducsay Knives Out
Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Mike Flanagan Doctor Sleep
Yang Jin-mo Parasite
Jennifer Lame Tenet
Fred Raskin Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Year Editor(s) Film
Eddie Hamilton Top Gun: Maverick
Jeffrey Ford and Leigh Folsom Boyd Spider-Man: No Way Home
William Hoy and Tyler Nelson The Batman
Cam McLauchlin Nightmare Alley
Nicholas Monsour Nope
Paul Rogers Everything Everywhere All at Once
Pietro Scalia, Doug Brandt, and Calvin Wimmer Ambulance
Jennifer Lame Oppenheimer
Stephen Rivkin, David Brenner, John Refoua, and James Cameron Avatar: The Way of Water
Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto, Corbin Mehl, and Laura Yanovich Fast X
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker, and Dirk Westervelt Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Nathan Orloff John Wick: Chapter 4
Eddie Hamilton Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Multiple nominations

5 nominations
  • Jeffrey Ford
4 nominations
  • Christian Wagner
3 nominations
  • Maryann Brandon
  • Bob Ducsay
  • John Gilroy
  • Eddie Hamilton
  • Dylan Highsmith
  • Kelly Matsumoto
  • Fred Raskin
  • Matthew Schmidt
2 nominations
  • Leigh Folsom Boyd
  • Mark Day
  • Stefan Grube
  • James Herbert
  • Michael Kahn
  • Jennifer Lame
  • Mary Jo Markey
  • Michael McCusker
  • Nicholas Monsour
  • Kirk Morri
  • Tim Squyres
  • Dirk Westervelt

Multiple wins

2 wins
  • Bob Ducsay
  • Paul Hirsch


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  2. ^ "Paul Hirsch on 'Star Wars': Thinking We Were Making a Film for Kids, We Made a Film for the Kid in All of Us". Cinephilia & Beyond.
  3. ^ Trumbore, Dave (July 26, 2012). "38th Annual Saturn Award Winners Include Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Super 8, Breaking Bad and Fringe as Frontrunners". Collider. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Cohen, David S. (June 26, 2013). "Saturn Awards: 'Avengers,' 'Breaking Bad' lead sci-fi-fantasy-horror pack". Variety. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Cohen, David S. (June 27, 2014). "Saturn Awards: A Genre Reunion and More Gold for 'Gravity'". Variety. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Cohen, David S. (June 26, 2015). "'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Interstellar' Shine at Saturn Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  7. ^ Cohen, David S. (June 23, 2016). "The Force Awakens Rings Up Eight Saturn Awards". Variety. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  8. ^ Siegel, Lucas (June 29, 2017). "Marvel, Star Wars, The Walking Dead win big at 2017 Saturn Awards". Syfy Wire. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (June 27, 2018). "'Black Panther' Reigns at Saturn Awards, 'Better Call Saul' and 'Twin Peaks' Top TV Field". Variety. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Fowler, Brandi (September 14, 2019). "'Game of Thrones,' 'Avengers' Win Big at 45th Annual Saturn Awards". Variety. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 4, 2021). "Saturn Awards Nominations: 'Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker', 'Tenet', 'Walking Dead', 'Outlander' Lead List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  12. ^ Tinoco, Armando (August 12, 2022). "Saturn Awards Nominations: 'The Batman', 'Nightmare Alley', 'Spider-Man', 'Better Call Saul' Top List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  13. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 6, 2023). "'Avatar: The Way of Water', 'Oppenheimer', 'Star Trek' Series Lead Nominations for Genre-Focused Saturn Awards". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 5, 2024.

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