Feb 29 2016

Margaret Sixel wins film editing Academy Award for Mad Max: Fury Road

AFTRS editing alumna Margaret Sixel (1989) has added an Oscar to her swag of awards for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road including an American Cinema Editor Award and a BAFTA. The 'high-octane' two hour film included 'around 2,700 edits' according to director George Miller.

The 12th woman to win an Academy Award for film editing Margaret said during her acceptance speech that she wanted to, "salute my beloved picture department who are in Sydney, and all who work in post, who work with their hands, heads and most importantly their hearts."

Margaret topped the editing category at the Academy Awards in a field that included; Hank Conwin for The Big Short, Stephen Mirrione for The Revenant, Tom McArdle for Spotlight and Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Mad Max picked up six awards during the ceremony across Production Design, Hair and Make Up, Costume Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing  becoming Australia's most successful film at the awards.

David White, who also studied, at AFTRS in the 1980s-- but didn't graduate--also picked up a golden statue for Best Sound Editing as part of the record haul of six awards for George Miller's critically acclaimed and box office smash ...


Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times.

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