The Hollywood Post Alliance says editors Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, will receive the HPA's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual HPA Awards Show, scheduled for November 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Randy Roberts has been on the ACE board of directors since 1996 and served as vice president (from 2005 to 2008) and president (from 2008 to 2012). Roberts got his first feature film editing credit on the Richard Pryor film Greased Lightning, directed by Michael Schultz, and went on to work with such producers and directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, Robert Evans, David E. Kelly, and Dick Wolf. He has both edited as well as directed episodes of Chicago Hope, L.A. Law, and Tour of Duty, and worked from 2001 to 2011 as producer and supervising producer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He won an ACE Eddie Award for his work on Chicago Hope, which also earned him a second Eddie nomination and a Primetime Emmy nomination. Editing chops may run in the family — Sam O'Steen, the renowned editor of The Graduate and Chinatown, was his uncle.
Heim, the current president of the American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, got his start working as a sound editor with directors Sidney Lumet (The Pawnbroker, The Group) and Mel Brooks (The Producers) and a music editor with director Paul Newman (Rachel, Rachel). As a picture editor, he did more work with Lumet, Brooks and others before connecting with legendary director-cinematographer Bob Fosse on the Emmy-winning TV special Liza with a Z, which earned Heim an Emmy nomination for editing. Heim went on to win an Oscar, BAFTA, and ACE Eddie Award for his work cutting Fosse's challenging, impressionistic auto-biopic, All That Jazz. He received another Oscar nomination for Lumet's Network. His television career has included an Emmy win for Holocaust plus nominations for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Grey Gardens.
Alan Heim appeared on screen as his own alter-ego Eddie, the film editor, in the movie that won him an Oscar, Bob Fosse's 1979 All That Jazz.
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