Oscar Artists: Coates, Anne V–Seminal Editor (Lawrence of Arabia)

Anne V. Coates, the Oscar winning editor of  Lawrence of Arabia, will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Award for career achievement, the group announced on Saturday.

lawrence_of_arabia_posterCoates is the second editor to receive a lifetime honor from the L.A. critics, after the late Dede Allen in 1999.

The British-born Coates began her career splicing together religious short films for church tours — a job that she received with the help of her uncle, the film producer and mogul J. Arthur Rank, who hoped that she would lose interest in the industry. Instead, she eventually became an assistant film editor at London’s Pinewood Studios.

Oscar Winner: Editing David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia

Coates received her first editing credit on Noel Langley’s “The Pickwick Papers” (1952), a full decade before she would win the Oscar for cutting David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962).

In addition to its impressive balance of imposing desert landscapes and vivid human drama (culled from some 31 miles of footage), the nearly four-hour epic contains one of the most famous “match” cuts in movie history, from a shot of Peter O’Toole blowing out a match to a majestic desert sunrise.

Four Oscar Nominations

Coates went on to receive four more Oscar nominations for editing Peter Glenville’s “Becket” (1964), David Lynch’s “The Elephant Man” (1980), Wolfgang Petersen’s “In the Line of Fire” (1993) and Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight” (1988).

Her other credits include “Young Cassidy” (1965), “The Bofors Gun” (1968), “The Public Eye” (1972), “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), “What About Bob?” (1991), “Chaplin” (1992), “Congo” (1995), “Striptease” (1996) and Soderbergh’s “Erin Brockovich” (2000).

Her more recent credits include “The Golden Compass” (2007), “Extraordinary Measures” (2010) and this year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” for which she was credited alongside Lisa Gunning and Debra-Neil Fisher.

Last year LAFCA presented its career achievement award to Gena Rowlands; past recipients include Richard Lester, Frederick Wiseman, Doris Day and Paul Mazursky. Coates and this year’s other winners will be feted on Jan. 9 at the group’s awards dinner, which will be dedicated to the memory of the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died Oct. 5 in Paris.