Stephen Mirrione

Stephen Mirrione (born February 17, 1969) is an American film editor. He won an Academy Award for his editing of the film Traffic (2000).

Stephen Mirrione
Born (1969-02-17) February 17, 1969
OccupationFilm editor

Life and career

Mirrione was born in Santa Clara County, California. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory and then the University of California, Santa Cruz, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1991.[1] He moved to Los Angeles, and began a collaboration with Doug Liman, who was then a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Mirrione edited Liman's first feature films Getting In (1994), Swingers (1996), and Go (1999), which was an homage to Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon.[2]

Mirrione has had a notable collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh. The two met when Soderbergh attended the opening of Go. About one year later he asked Mirrione to edit Traffic (2000),[2] which earned Mirrione an Oscar. Todd McCarthy characterized the effects of the camerawork and editing, "Soderbergh has given the film tremendous texture as well as a vibrant immediacy through constant handheld operating, mostly using available light, and manipulating the look both in shooting and in the lab. Stephen Mirrione's editing, which gives Traffic a beautifully modulated overall shape, is characterized on a moment-to-moment basis by jump cuts and jagged rhythms. Overall result is far too stylized to call the approach verite, but pic looks far more caught-on-the-run, and therefore far less staged, than all but a few other American films."[3]

Mirrione subsequently edited all three of the Ocean's films directed by Soderbergh and starring George Clooney (Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)), as well as Soderbergh's 2009 film The Informant! and the 2011 film Contagion.

Mirrione won an American Cinema Editors "Eddie" Award in 2006 for his editing of Alejandro González Iñárritu's film Babel, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award. He has been nominated four times for BAFTA Awards for editing Traffic, 21 grams (also directed by Inarritu – 2003), Good Night, and Good Luck (directed by George Clooney-2006), and for Babel.

Mirrione has been selected for membership in the American Cinema Editors.[4]

Selected filmography (by director)

Doug Liman Jill Sprecher Steven Soderbergh George Clooney Alejandro González Iñárritu Gary Ross John Wells
1994 Getting In
1996 Swingers
1997 Clockwatchers
1999 Go
2000 Traffic
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Ocean's Eleven
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2003 21 Grams
2004 Ocean's Twelve
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck
2006 Babel
2007 Ocean's Thirteen
2008 Leatherheads
2009 The Informant!
2010 Biutiful
2011 Contagion The Ides of March
2012 The Hunger Games
2013 August: Osage County
2014 The Monuments Men Birdman
2015 The Revenant
2017 Suburbicon

Academy Awards and Nominations

see: Academy Award for Best Film Editing

Other Awards and Nominations


  1. Bellarmine College Preparatory Connections, Fall 2005 issue. Online version retrieved Jan. 8, 2008.
  2. Newman, John (2001). "Academy Award winner and former UCSC student Stephen Mirrione returns to campus," Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine UC Santa Cruz Currents, May 28, 2001. Online version retrieved Jan. 7, 2008.
  3. McCarthy, Todd (2000). "Traffic", Variety Dec. 12, 2000; online version retrieved 2008-07-13
  4. "American Cinema Editors – Members". American Cinema Editors. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15.
  5. "Festival de Cannes: Babel". Retrieved 2009-12-13.
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