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Oscars 2016: How one film editor goes from her first action movie, 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' to an Oscar nod

Oscars 2016: How one film editor goes from her first action movie, 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' to an Oscar nod

The reason South African-born film editor Margaret Sixel and her husband, director George Miller, slept in on the day the Oscar nominations were announced in L.A. is that they were at home in Sydney, Australia. Due to the time difference, they were up past midnight to learn they'd both been nominated. Though she'd collaborated with Miller before — Sixel edited "Babe: Pig in the City" (1998) and "Happy Feet" (2006) — "Mad Max: Fury Road" was her first action film, requiring a 10-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week schedule to shape the two hours of fast-paced excitement from roughly 470 hours of footage. When the whispery-voiced Sixel was reached by phone...

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