True Blood Nominated for Eddie

January 13, 2009 by  

Michael Ruscio on left directing "In Order of Appearance"

Michael Ruscio on left directing "In Order of Appearance"

UPDATED with comment from M. Ruscio and A. Keir!*

ACE,The American Cinema Editors, have announced this years nominees for their yearly Eddie award and “True Blood” editors Michael Ruscio and Andy Keir have gotten the nod. Ruscio and Keir have been nominated for Season 1 Episode 1 of “True Blood”, “Strange Love”. The Eddie is awarded to recognize the art and craft of the editor in film and television. “True Blood” was nominated in the category of Best Edited One-hour Series for Non-commercial TV. The competition will come from Eric Sears (Final Destination 2, Must Love Dogs) for the “Los Muertos” installment of “Crash” and Kate Sanford (King of the Jungle, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and The Black Donnelly’s) for the “More With Less” episode of “The Wire.”

Nomination for an Eddie is open to ACE members automatically and open to non-ACE members through a transparent self nomination process. Membership to ACE is through sponsorship, experience and approval of a board of directors. All members vote on all nominated awards.

This is the second Eddie nomination for Michael having been nominated in 2006 for a 2001 episode “Everyone’s Waiting” from Alan Ball’s “Six Feet Under”. Michael son of actor Al Ruscio and actress Kate Williamson has a long resume spanning over 2 decades and including such well known shows as “The Sopranos”, “Cold Case” and “In Treatment” as well as cinema offerings such as “The Hunt for Red October” and “Nobody’s Fool”. Michael has also tried his hand at directing, writing and producing. He’s taught the art of editing at the American Film Institute and the Los Angeles Film School and was the subject of “Cut by Cut: Editing Six Feet Under” on the 4th season DVD. He also produced, wrote and directed a short film called “In Order of Appearance” which has been shown at various film festivals around the country. He is married to Ginni Barr-Ruscio and they have two sons Jackson and Cooper.

Andy Keir

Andy Keir

Andy Keir is nominated for two Eddie’s this year with a second nomination in the category of Best Edited Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television for his work on “Bernard and Doris” the story of Doris Duke and her gay butler Bernard. Keir has previously been nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in the category of Best Motion Picture Film Editing for the 1999 film, “Beloved” (with Carol Littleton). The Satellite Awards are given by the International Press Academy, a group open to all full-time entertainment journalists, celebrating achievements for Film, Television, DVD and Multimedia. Additionally Keir has worked as an editor for over a decade on such productions as “Beloved”, King of the Jungle”, and “Neil Young: Heart of Gold”. Andy also appeared in the featurette “Anatomy of a Scene”, a behind the scenes peek by the Sundance Channel. In his spare time Keir is the bass guitarist for a band called, “The Right Out Louds. Kudos go out to Andy for scoring two nominations in one year!

* When contacted for a comment Michael and Andy responded, “Thanks so much for the great article. We’re both pleased for the show to have a nomination in the first season.”

The Beverly Hilton Hotel will be the site of this years 65th American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards on February 15th featuring Norman Jewison as this years ‘Golden Eddie’ recipient. The Eddie is often the best indicator of which cinema giant will win that years Best Picture Oscar but will this translate to Emmy territory? Only time will tell. Let’s all wish Mr. Ruscio and Mr. Keir the very best of luck and not forget that they’re the men that have tormented us with those deliciously misleading previews week after week. Thanks for the great work Michael and Andy!

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Mr. Ruscio’s Photo credited to Wildhair 11 Productions
Mr. Keir’s Photo credited to Right Out Loud

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