By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the big technical awards during this year’s Oscars went to a Philadelphia native and Temple University graduate, for his editing of the film Argo.

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If you check the Hollywood A-list for film editors, William Goldenberg’s name comes up quite often.  While there was plenty of pre-Oscar hype for Ben Affleck’s Argo for best film (see related story), the 53-year-old editor also quickly became a frontrunner when he won the Eddie Award last week for best edited feature film.

(William Goldenberg, after winning an Oscar for editing.)

(William Goldenberg, after winning an Oscar for editing.)

“I think I came to editing late in the game,” Goldenberg said today.   “I sort of got the feeling that I was going to be good at it when I was in college and went to film school [Temple U., Class of ’82].   I wasn’t eight years old, making movies in my garage,” he admits.

Goldenberg also stacked the Oscar odds in his favor by competing against himself: he was the co-editor on another nominated film, Katheryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

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He says there was good DNA in both movies, but he was glad to win for Argo:  “We had a great script, great director, photography, and writers.  I just had to bring it home, I guess.”

Before the nominations this week, Goldenberg — also a graduate of Northeast Philadelphia High School — was nominated for Oscars twice before, for his work on Seabiscuit in 2003 and The Insider in 1999.


Read Bill Wine’s review of the movie Argo

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