Oscar 2007: Film Editor Dede Allen to Receive Fellowship and Service Award

November 13, 2007–Film editor Dede Allen will receive this year's Fellowship and Service Award from the Motion Picture Editors Guild for career achievement.

Allen began her career in 1943 as a messenger for Columbia Pictures before working with helmer Robert Wise on “Odds Against Tomorrow.” Since then, the industry vet has edited such pics as “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Reds,” “Serpico,” “The Milagro Beanfield War” and “Dog Day Afternoon.”

In 1992, Allen became a creative exec in theatrical production for Warner Bros., where she consulted on films. She left in 1999 to return to film editing. That year, she was nommed for an Oscar for her work on Curtis Hanson's “Wonder Boys.”

In 1996, Allen was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by the film editors branch. She later served the Motion Pictures Editors Guild as VP of the board of directors.

Allen will receive her honor on Jan. 5 at the board of directors installation dinner at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica.