partners and fans of the NPR radio show Prairie Home Compa/ 1.ion, traveled with friends Kevin Morse and Greg Brooks, owners of the "Pig Rig," to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., where they cooked a pig and served the works to cast and crew of the show. • Larry Black Roland (' 70 BSBA) of Greensboro, partner-owner of SeIlIl DUlm Insurance, was featured with partner-owners T. Gray
Noone enjoyed the after·parties more than the 10-year-old son of Oscar-winner
Hughes Winborne ' 74. When Wyatt walked
into his classroom the morning after the Academy Awards, he received a standing ovation.
"He didn't have to give a speech," said
Winborne, who won his Oscar for best film
editing of Crash, the best motion picture win-
ner. "But I can tell you if he had, he would
have been far better at it than me."
Film editors aren't the sort to gain
endorsement deals from winning an Oscar,
but Pepto Bismol might want to consider Winborne in its next ad campaign. The Raleigh
native says he spent the two months between
the announcement of the nominations and
the Oscar ceremony having anxiety attacks of
various sizes. When he learned he had been
nominated, Winborne told The Hollywood
Reporter, he and Wyatt were so overwhelmed
that they pulled over on the way to Wyatt's
school and cried. Winborne never was worried
about whether he would win or lose. He was
quite simply terrified of getting up "in front of
a billion people and talking. It was daunting to
say the least. Especially in front of that crowd.
It's all these extremely polished and professional people ... [it's] not really what editors do."
Winborne's speech, in which he wished his
father, former Raleigh judge S. Pretlow Win-borne" ' 48, a happy 83rd birthday, was nicely
done, but it was his work on the racially
charged Crash that was truly inspiring.
Winborne had to sift through hours of multi-cam-era footage to keep an intense story flowing
through the eyes of the 30 characters who
interact in Los Angeles over a 36-hour period,
a task he did using his instincts rather than
written notes or outlines.
The work also tested his emotions. Two of
the most wrenching scenes in American cinema last year came in Crash.
"Watching the little girl get shot: he said,
"or watching Matt Dillon [as a cop with questionable morals] frisk Thandie Newton, I knew
the film was good because those things never
lost their power no matter how many times I
saw them. But by the same token, do you
May/J une 2006
McCaskill (' 79 BSIR), Tim othy Brady
Templeton (' 84 BSBA) and C. Timothy
Ward (' 76 BSBA) in Rough Notes, which
named SeIlIl Dutm the November 2005
Agency of the Month and 2005 National
Agency of the Year.
Philip Lane Beardsley (' 70 PhD), 62, of
want to sit down and watch that over and over
and over again, knowing that they're not going
to lose their power? It's a bit exhausting."
The entire awards season has been tiring
for Winborne, who also was nominated for
Crash by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and won the prize for film editing
from the American Cinema Editors group in
February. The latter was the first award of any
kind for Winborne, who has worked solely in
independent films since moving from television into Hollywood's orbit with Billy Bob
Thornton's Sling Blade in 1996.
Hughes Winborne ' 74 won an Academy Award for best film
editing of Crash, which won Its own Oscar for best picture.
He is a decidedly behind-the-camera kind
of guy, although even that was once a frightening notion to the former history major, who
toiled briefly for WUNC-TV while in college.
"I was the cameraman for the weather
map: recalled Winborne. "I was so nervous
that, often when they were talking about California, it would look like it was having an
earthquake. I'd be shaking the camera."
Winborne's Tar Heel bloodlines run deep,
including mother Ferne Winborne ' 49, father
Titusville, NJ.; Dec. 20, 2005. Beardsley worked
for the state of New Jersey as a researcher on
higher education policy. He previously had
taught political science at Syracuse University
and other universities, and had written two
books and numerous academic articles. •
Joyce L. Davis (' 70 BSIR, ' 74 JD), 57, of
Raleigh; Feb. 11, 2006. Davis fo unded a law
firm, specializing in minority discrimination
S. Pretlow Winborne II ' 48,
grandfather Stanley Winborne, class of 1907, and
Pretlow Winborne, an 1890 graduate and
member of the Philanthropic Society.
Winborne tried following in the legal
footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather,
working as a paralegal for three years and
considering law school after graduating from
UNC. But, perhaps realizing that lawyers often
make speeches, he switched gears, opening a
house painting company with some friends.
"[It was] fun for a little while: said Winborne, who later parlayed his love of movies
into a film program at New York University in
1980, eventually working in television editing,
"but ultimately, we spent our days throwing
rocks at paint cans instead of using our paint
brushes. One thing I did learn from the experi-
ence is that I loved not going into an office
Fitting, then, that Winborne was working
on a movie called Employee of the Month -
another indie vehicle starring Matt Dillon as a
man disillusioned with his desk job - when he
got the nod to work on the career-changing
Crash. And though it's an Oscarland cliche to
claim the nomination is an honor itself, that's
certainly true for Winborne, whose competitors in the film-editing category boasted six
Oscars and 11 nominations combined over
the past 30 years. Among these five nominated editing teams, Winborne also was the
only person who'd never worked on a big-budget studio film.
That's changed now. Winborne's current
project is Columbia Pictures' The Pursuit of
Happyness, a Will Smith drama that costars
Smith's son, Jaden. As for the line of Winborne lawyers, it looks like the law has met its
match. Wyatt became so engrossed in his
father's career last year that he learned to
edit film, even cutting a few scenes for Happy-
ness. Now all Wyatt needs to keep up with his
dad is an Oscar nomination - and heaven help
the doting father's nerves if he ever gets one.
- Beth McNichol ' 95