Stephen Mirrione
Stephen Mirrione in 2011
Born (1969-02-17) February 17, 1969 (age 53)
OccupationFilm editor

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

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 The Informant! (2009) and Contagion (2011).

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-2005), and for Babel.

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

Selected filmography

Year Film Director
1994 Getting In Doug Liman
1995 Monster Mash: The Movie Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow
1996 Swingers Doug Liman
1997 Clockwatchers Jill Sprecher
1999 Go Doug Liman
2000 Traffic Steven Soderbergh
2001 Ocean's Eleven
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Jill Sprecher
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney
2003 21 Grams Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu
2004 Criminal Gregory Jacobs
Ocean's Twelve Steven Soderbergh
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Anna")
Ocean's Thirteen Steven Soderbergh
2008 Leatherheads George Clooney
2009 The Informant! Steven Soderbergh
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu
2011 The Ides of March George Clooney
Contagion Steven Soderbergh
2012 The Hunger Games Gary Ross
2013 Osage County John Wells
2014 The Monuments Men George Clooney
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro González Iñárritu
2015 The Revenant
2017 Suburbicon George Clooney
2020 The Midnight Sky
2022 Spiderhead Joseph Kosinski

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. ^ a b 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.