Anne V. Coates
Anne V. Coates
Anne Voase Coates
12 December 1925
|Died||8 May 2018 (aged 92)|
|Other names||Anne Coates|
|Spouse(s)||Douglas Hickox (1958–1988)|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Film Editing |
1963 Lawrence of Arabia
American Cinema Editors
1995 Career Achievement Award
Academy Honorary Award
Anne Voase Coates (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 females on their editing teams at all, Coates thrived as a top film editor. She was awarded BAFTA's highest honour, a BAFTA Fellowship, in February 2007 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.
Early life and education
Coates was born in Reigate, Surrey, England, the daughter of Kathleen Voase (née Rank) and Major Laurence Calvert Coates. Her first passion was horses. As a girl, she thought she might become a race-horse trainer.
Coates became interested in cinema after seeing Wuthering Heights (1939) directed by William Wyler. 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. 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).
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. 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.
This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry. (May 2018)
- "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." 
- "...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."
- "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."
- "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."
- 1947: The End of the River – second editor (uncredited)
- 1949: The History of Mr. Polly – assistant editor (uncredited)
- 1952: The Pickwick Papers
- 1954: Forbidden Cargo
- 1958: The Horse's Mouth
- 1960: Tunes of Glory
- 1962: Lawrence of Arabia
- 1964: Becket
- 1965: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
- 1966: Hotel Paradiso
- 1974: Murder on the Orient Express
- 1980: The Elephant Man
- 1981: The Bushido Blade – supervising editor with Yoshitami Kuroiwa
- 1981: Ragtime
- 1987: Masters of the Universe
- 1989: Lawrence of Arabia – editorial consultant 1989 reconstruction and restoration of 1962 film
- 1991: What About Bob?
- 1992: Chaplin
- 1993: In the Line of Fire
- 1995: Congo
- 1996: Striptease
- 1997: Out to Sea
- 1998: Out of Sight
- 2000: Erin Brockovich
- 2001: Sweet November
- 2002: Unfaithful
- 2007: The Golden Compass
- 2010: Extraordinary Measures
- 2015: Fifty Shades of Grey
- 1963: Academy Awards, Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Lawrence of Arabia
- 1965: Academy Awards, Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nominee) for Becket
- 1981: Academy Awards, Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nominee) for The Elephant Man
- 1994: Academy Awards, Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nominee) for In the Line of Fire
- 1999: Academy Awards, Academy Award for Best Film Editing (nominee) for Out of Sight
- 2017: Academy Awards, Academy Honorary Award aka Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1975: BAFTA Awards, BAFTA Award for Best Editing (nominee) for Murder on the Orient Express
- 1981: BAFTA Awards, BAFTA Award for Best Editing (nominee) for The Elephant Man
- 1993: BAFTA Awards, BAFTA Award for Best Editing (nominee) for In the Line of Fire
- 2001: BAFTA Awards, BAFTA Award for Best Editing (nominee) for Erin Brockovich
- 2007: BAFTA Fellowship
- 1963: American Cinema Editors, ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (nominee) for Lawrence of Arabia
- 1965: American Cinema Editors, ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (nominee) for Becket
- 1994: American Cinema Editors, ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (nominee) for In the Line of Fire
- 1995: American Cinema Editors, Career Achievement Award
- 1997: Women in Film Crystal Award, International Award
- 1998: American Cinema Editors, ACE Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (nominee) for Out of Sight
- 1999: Online Film Critics Society Award, Best Film Editing (nominee) for Out of Sight
- 2012: Motion Picture Editors Guild, best edited films of all time for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Out of Sight (1998)
- BFI biodata
- British Independent Film Awards – (BIFA) Archived 8 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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- 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.
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- (Editor) "Tina Hirsch" by Eileen Kowalski – Variety 11/14/2001 (subscription)
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