Anne V. Coates

Anne Voase Coates[1] (12 December 1925 – 8 May 2018) was a British film editor with a more than 60-year-long career. She was perhaps best known as the editor of David Lean's epic film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, for which she won an Oscar. Coates was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the films Lawrence of Arabia, Becket (1963), The Elephant Man (1980), In the Line of Fire (1993) and Out of Sight (1998). In an industry where women accounted for only 16 percent of all editors working on the top 250 films of 2004, and 80 percent of the films had absolutely no women on their editing teams at all, Coates thrived as a top film editor.[2] She was awarded BAFTA's highest honour, a BAFTA Fellowship, in February 2007[3] and was given an Academy Honorary Award, which are popularly known as a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, in November 2016 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4][5]

Anne V. Coates
Anne Voase Coates

12 December 1925
Reigate, England
Died8 May 2018 (aged 92)
Other namesAnne Coates
Anne Coates-Hickox
OccupationFilm editor
Years active1947–2018
Spouse(s)Douglas Hickox (1958–1988)
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Film Editing
1963 Lawrence of Arabia
American Cinema Editors
1995 Career Achievement Award
Academy Honorary Award

Early life and education

Coates was born in Reigate, Surrey, England, the daughter of Kathleen Voase (née Rank) and Major Laurence Calvert Coates.[6] Her first passion was horses. As a girl, she thought she might become a race-horse trainer.[7]

Coates attended the Reigate village school called the Micklefield School. She then attended High Trees School in Horley (Surrey). She graduated from Bartrum Gables in Broadstairs (Kent).[8]

Before becoming a film editor, she worked as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, England.[9]


Coates became interested in cinema after seeing Wuthering Heights (1939) directed by William Wyler.[10] She decided to pursue film directing and started working as an assistant at a production company specializing in religious films (also doing projectionist and sound recording work). There she fixed film prints of religious short films before sending them to various British church tours. This splicing work eventually led to the rare job as an assistant film editor at Pinewood Studios, where she worked on various films. Her first experience was assisting for film editor Reggie Mills.[7] Coates later worked with film director David Lean on Lawrence of Arabia. She had a long and varied career, and continued to edit films, including Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich for Steven Soderbergh. Coates was a member of both the Guild of British Film and Television Editors (GBFTE) and American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Variety's Eileen Kowalski notes that "Indeed, many of the editorial greats have been women: Margaret Booth, Dede Allen, Verna Fields, Thelma Schoonmaker, Anne V. Coates and Dorothy Spencer."[11]

Personal life

Coates was at the centre of a film industry family. Besides being the niece of J. Arthur Rank, she was married to the director Douglas Hickox for many years.[12] Her brother, John Coates, was a producer (The Snowman and Yellow Submarine), and her two sons, oldest Anthony Hickox (b. 1959) and youngest James D. R. Hickox (b. 1965) used to be directors, and her daughter Emma E. Hickox (b. 1964) is also a film editor.[12]


Coates died on 8 May 2018, at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.[13][10]


  • "In a way, I've never looked at myself as a woman in the business. I've just looked at myself as an editor. I mean, I'm sure I've been turned down because I'm a woman, but then other times I've been used because they wanted a woman editor." [7]
  • "...I guess I've been lucky that most of the time I've been in the same direction as the director. I try to work with directors whose work I like and find interesting. When I was younger, I had to find work where I could, and I had some not great experiences with directors."[7]
  • "You have the courage of your convictions. When you're editing you have to make thousands of decisions every day and if you dither over them all the time, you'll never get anything done."[14]
  • "I seem to get the rhythm from the performances. I like to feel I'm very much an actor's editor. I look very much to the performances and cut very much for performances rather than the action. I think that's important, what's in the eyes of the actor."[14]

Selected filmography

Academy awards

BAFTA awards

Other honors


  1. ^ BFI biodata
  2. ^ British Independent Film Awards – (BIFA) Archived 8 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "BAFTA crowns 'Queen' best film" 11 February 2007 – Variety (subscription)
  4. ^ "Honorary Oscar for British trailblazer editor Anne V Coates". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Jackie Chan, Anne V. Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman to Receive Academy's 2016 Governors Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Anne V. Coates Biography (1925-)". Film Reference.
  7. ^ a b c d Murch, Walter (2000). "Walter Murch interviews Anne V. Coates", webpage originally posted at the website; webpage archived at WebCite on 2008-07-07 from this original URL.
  8. ^ Sleeman, Elizabeth, ed. (2002). The International Who's Who of Women 2002 (3rd ed.). London: Europa Publications. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-857-43122-3. OCLC 925772556.
  9. ^ Erickson, Hal (undated). "Anne V. Coates", webpage from Allrovi Guide; online version retrieved 7 July 2008.
  10. ^ a b Barnes, Mike. "Anne V. Coates, Oscar-Winning Film Editor on 'Lawrence of Arabia,' Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  11. ^ (Editor) "Tina Hirsch" by Eileen Kowalski – Variety 11/14/2001 (subscription)
  12. ^ a b Whitaker, Sheila (9 May 2018). "Anne V Coates obituary". The Guardian.
  13. ^ Dagan, Carmel (19 May 2018). "Anne V. Coates, Oscar-Winning Film Editor for 'Lawrence of Arabia,' Dies at 92". Variety.
  14. ^ a b Coates, Anne V. (2007). "Things I've Learned As A Moviemaker" Archived 14 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine, article posted on 3 February 2007 at MovieMaker website retrieved 7 July 2008.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Anne V. Coates ACE". United Agents. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
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  17. ^ Kilday, Gregg (1 September 2016). "Jackie Chan, Film Editor Anne V. Coates to Get Honorary Oscars". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ "BAFTA Awards Search". Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  19. ^ "1998 Awards (Second Annual)". Online Film Critics Society. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  20. ^ "The 75 Best Edited Films". Editors Guild Magazine. 1 (3). May 2012.

External links

2015 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

The 41st Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), honored the best in film for 2015.

89th Academy Awards

The 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2016, and took place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at 5:30 p.m. PST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd and directed by Glenn Weiss. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted the ceremony for the first time.In related events, the Academy held its 8th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 12, 2016. On February 11, 2017, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards were presented by hosts John Cho and Leslie Mann.In the main ceremony, Moonlight won three awards including Best Picture, after La La Land was mistakenly announced as a winner, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. La La Land won six awards, the most for the evening, out of its record-tying fourteen nominations, including Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. Hacksaw Ridge and Manchester by the Sea won two awards each with Casey Affleck winning Best Actor for the latter. Viola Davis won the Best Supporting Actress honor for Fences. The telecast garnered 33 million viewers in the United States.

Academy Award for Best Film Editing

The Academy Award for Best Film Editing is one of the annual awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Nominations for this award are closely correlated with the Academy Award for Best Picture. For 33 consecutive years, 1981 to 2013, every Best Picture winner had also been nominated for the Film Editing Oscar, and about two thirds of the Best Picture winners have also won for Film Editing. Only the principal, "above the line" editor(s) as listed in the film's credits are named on the award; additional editors, supervising editors, etc. are not currently eligible. The nominations for this Academy Award are determined by a ballot of the voting members of the Editing Branch of the Academy; there were 220 members of the Editing Branch in 2012. The members may vote for up to five of the eligible films in the order of their preference; the five films with the largest vote totals are selected as nominees. The Academy Award itself is selected from the nominated films by a subsequent ballot of all active and life members of the Academy. This process is essentially the reverse of that of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA); nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing are done by a general ballot of Academy voters, and the winner is selected by members of the editing chapter.

American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical

The American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Comedy or Musical is one of the annual awards given by the American Cinema Editors.

American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic

The American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic is one of the annual awards given by the American Cinema Editors, awarded to what members of the American Cinema Editors Guild deem as the best edited dramatic film for a given year. Before splitting in 2000, this award included both dramatic and comedic/musical.

This award has been a good indicator of the winners and nominees for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) gives one or more Career Achievement Awards each year. The first awards were given in 1988; the winners have been:

2017: Janet Ashikaga and Thelma Schoonmaker

2016: Carol Littleton and Ted Rich

2015: Diane Adler and Gerald B. Greenberg

2014: Richard Halsey and Robert C. Jones

2013: Richard Marks and Lawrence Silk

2012: Joel Cox and Doug Ibold

2011: Michael Kahn and Michael Brown

2010: Paul LaMastra and Neil Travis

2009: Sidney Katz and Arthur Schmidt

2008: Millie Moore and Bud S. Smith

2007: John Soh and Frank J. Urioste

2006: Edward M. Abroms and Terry Rawlings

2005: David Blewitt and Jim Clark

2004: Donn Cambern and John A. Martinelli

2003: John F. Burnett and Tom Rolf

2002: Antony Gibbs and George Watters

2001: Stanley Frazen and Fredric Steinkamp

2000: Dann Cahn and Marge Fowler

1999: John Bloom and Arthur Schneider

1998: Gerry Hambling and John Woodcock

1997: Fred W. Berger and Harry W. Gerstad

1996: Desmond Marquette and Aaron Stell

1995: David Bretherton and Anne V. Coates

1994: Dede Allen and Gene Ruggiero

1993: Rudi Fehr and Robert Swink

1992: Harold F. Kress and Charles Nelson

1991: William H. Reynolds and Ralph E. Winters

1990: Margaret Booth and Elmo Williams

1989: Warren Low and Dorothy Spencer

1988: Barbara McLean and Gene Milford

BAFTA Award for Best Editing

This is a list of winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, which is presented to film editors, given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 1968.

The film-voting members of the Academy select the five nominated films in each category; only the principal editor(s) for each film are named, which excludes additional editors, supervising editors, etc. The actual winner of Best Editing is selected by "Chapter Voting"; only Academy members who are identified as members of the Editing Chapter vote on the winner. The BAFTA procedure is essentially the reverse of that of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in which members of the Editing Branch of the Academy select the nominees, but all members of the Academy vote to select the winner; see the article Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

Becket (1964 film)

Becket is a 1964 Anglo-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh made by Hal Wallis Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Peter Glenville and produced by Hal B. Wallis with Joseph H. Hazen as executive producer. The screenplay was written by Edward Anhalt based on Anouilh's play. The music score was by Laurence Rosenthal, the cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth and the editing by Anne V. Coates.

The film stars Richard Burton as Thomas Becket and Peter O'Toole as King Henry II, with John Gielgud as King Louis VII, Donald Wolfit as Gilbert Foliot, Paolo Stoppa as Pope Alexander III, Martita Hunt as Empress Matilda, Pamela Brown as Queen Eleanor, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer, Gino Cervi, David Weston and Wilfrid Lawson.

Restored prints of Becket were re-released in 30 cinemas in the US in early 2007, following an extensive restoration from the film's YCM separation protection masters. The film was released on DVD by MPI Home Video in May 2007 and on Blu-ray Disc in November 2008. The new film prints carry a Dolby Digital soundtrack, although the soundtrack of the original film, which originally opened as a roadshow theatrical release, was also in stereo.

Becket won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and was nominated for eleven other awards, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and twice for Best Actor.

Catholics (film)

Catholics is a 1973 television film directed by Jack Gold. Based on the novel of the same name by Brian Moore, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, it stars Trevor Howard, Martin Sheen and Cyril Cusack.The film is rated 4.5 out 5 stars in DVD & Video Guide 2007.The film has also been released under the title Conflict.

Charles Nelson (editor)

Charles Nelson (April 15, 1901 – January 19, 1997) was an American film editor. He won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1956 for Picnic, and was nominated in 1946 for A Song to Remember, and in 1965 for Cat Ballou.

Douglas Hickox

Douglas Hickox (10 January 1929 – 25 July 1988) was an English film and television director.

Emma E. Hickox

Emma E. Hickox A.C.E (born 11 April 1964) is a British film editor based in Los Angeles and London.

A member of American Cinema Editors, Hickox has worked as a features and TV editor since the early 1990s. She has a varied and versatile resume from comedies, dramas and musicals, including large Hollywood films such as Bad Moms featuring Mila Kunis, Rock of Ages featuring Tom Cruise, and smaller independent films such as Becoming Jane with Anne Hathaway and The Boat That Rocked from Richard Curtis with Philip Seymour Hoffman.She is a founding member of the British Independent Film Awards with the Debut Director's award given in her father's name, the Douglas Hickox Award. She is the daughter of Academy Award-winning film editor Anne V. Coates, and Douglas Hickox (died 1988), a cult British film director. John Coates, her uncle, was a film and TV producer for Yellow Submarine and The Snowman.Hickox is represented by Wayne Fitterman at WME in Los Angeles, and Lynda Mamy of United Agents in London.

Follow Me! (1972 film)

Follow Me! is a 1972 drama film directed by Sir Carol Reed, starring Mia Farrow and Topol. Adapted by Peter Shaffer from his own play (The Public Eye). The picture marks Carol Reed's last completed film.

The film was released in the United States under its original stage title The Public Eye.

The score was composed by John Barry and the film was edited by Anne V. Coates.

In the Line of Fire

In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American political thriller film, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a disillusioned and obsessed former CIA agent who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States and the Secret Service agent who tracks him. Eastwood's character is the sole active-duty Secret Service agent remaining from the detail guarding John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, at the time of his assassination in 1963. The film also stars Dylan McDermott, Gary Cole, John Mahoney, and Fred Thompson.

The film was co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment, with Columbia handling distribution. Eastwood and Petersen also originally offered the role of Leary to Robert De Niro, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts with A Bronx Tale. After In the Line of Fire, Eastwood directed every film he starred in, until 2012's Trouble with the Curve.

John Coates (producer)

John Coates (7 November 1927 – 16 September 2012) was a British film producer, best known for producing the animated film The Snowman based on the picture book by Raymond Briggs, one of the first animated productions screened on Channel Four and still repeated every year on the channel.

He co-founded the animation studio TVC (Television Cartoons) London with George Dunning in 1957 and worked on The Beatles's animated feature Yellow Submarine and produced numerous other animated films including When the Wind Blows, Granpa, Father Christmas, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends and The Bear.

John's business partner for many years was Norman David Kauffman who first worked with him at the age of 16 as a trainee animator. He became a Director of TVC and associated companies in 1999 until his retirement in 2012.

John was the nephew of J Arther Rank, and worked within the Rank organization after leaving school at Stowe. He had 3 siblings, most notably, Anne V Coates, Academy Award-winning editor of Laurence of Arabia.

Coates died of cancer at the age of 84 in his home in Kent, England on 16 September 2012. The Snowman and the Snowdog is dedicated to his memory.

Norman Savage

Norman Savage (1930–1973) was an English film editor. He is credited as the principal editor on seven feature films, and as the sound editor on another four. He worked with the director David Lean on four films that spanned Savage's entire career. Lean has been noted as possibly "the best British film director ever", and was himself a masterful editor. Savage started his career as an assistant editor on Lean's Hobson's Choice (1954). Savage was Anne V. Coates' first assistant editor for Lean's Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Lean's 1965 film Doctor Zhivago, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for Lean's 1970 film Ryan's Daughter. Savage died of leukemia while editing the film Lady Caroline Lamb (1972). That film is the only one directed by Robert Bolt, a playwright and screenwriter who had worked on several films directed by Lean.

Ray Lovejoy

Ray Lovejoy (18 February 1939 – 18 October 2001) was a British film editor with about thirty editing credits. He had a notable collaboration with director Peter Yates that extended over six films including The Dresser (1983), which was nominated for numerous BAFTA Awards and Academy Awards.

Lovejoy was an assistant to editor Anne V. Coates for films from The Horse's Mouth (1958) to Lawrence of Arabia (1962). He was next an assistant to editor Anthony Harvey on Dr. Strangelove (1964), which was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Harvey subsequently became a director himself, and Kubrick promoted Lovejoy to be the editor for his subsequent film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Kubrick and Lovejoy next worked together on The Shining (1980); Kubrick worked with other editors for his two films from the 1970s.

Stephen Prince described Lovejoy's contributions to 1980s films as follows, "Ray Lovejoy cut Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and he worked again with Kubrick on The Shining and supplied that film with an entirely different--tenser, more foreboding--texture than the stately science-fiction film possesses. Lovejoy also proved adept at editing for blockbuster effect. His cutting in Aliens sustained that sequel's narrative momentum with a speed and tension that its predecessor did not have, and his editing on Batman finessed that film's gaping narrative problems by simply rushing past them."In 1987, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for his work on the film Aliens (1986). In 2012, the Motion Picture Editors Guild published a list of the 75 best-edited films of all time based on a survey of its members. Two films edited by Lovejoy are on this listing. 2001: A Space Odyssey was listed nineteenth, and The Shining was listed as forty-fourth.Lovejoy died of a heart attack on 18 October 2001.

The Bushido Blade

The Bushido Blade is a 1981 film, directed by Tom Kotani. Sonny Chiba, Toshiro Mifune, Mako, Laura Gemser and James Earl Jones appear in this movie. This was Richard Boone's last film appearance.

The Medusa Touch (film)

The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It stars Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick and Harry Andrews, with cameos by Alan Badel, Derek Jacobi, Gordon Jackson, Jeremy Brett and Michael Hordern. The screenplay was by John Briley, based on the novel The Medusa Touch by Peter Van Greenaway.

Awards for Anne V. Coates

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