Michael Kahn who was born on December 8th 1935 in New York City is an American film editor. His credits range from TV’s Hogan’s Heroes to feature films directed by George C. Scott (The Savage is Loose) and Steven Spielberg, with whom he has had an extended, notable collaboration for more than thirty years.
He is one of the few editors who still edits on film but he has edited digitally on projects.
Kahn acknowledged “People find it hard to believe that Steven and I still edit film on a Moviola and a KEM. [But] Steven feels that film got us where we are today and he loves the smell of it and feel of it. We started that way and both really enjoy it.”
George Lucas remarked “Michael Kahn can cut faster on a Moviola than anybody can cut on an Avid.” The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn became the first film Kahn edited digitally using Avid for Spielberg, though he has edited digitally before for projects like Twister.
Kahn is the most-nominated editor in Academy Awards history with eight nominations. In addition Kahn holds the record for the most wins (three) in the category of the Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, All of the films for which he won Oscars were directed by Steven Spielberg: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Schindler’s List (1993), and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
He has also received six BAFTA nominations for Best Editing, winning two for Schindler’s List and Fatal Attraction.