Deadline co-Editor-in-Chief Mike Fleming Jr sat down last month at our big annual awards-season event The Contenders Presented By Deadline with Sebastian Sepulveda, film editor of Fox Searchlight’s Jackie, to discuss the challenges of telling a well-known chapter in American life. The Chilean-born editor worked with director Pablo Larrain, also from Chile, to re-create a distinct time for this story of the First Lady who had to uphold her own dignity, as well as that of the country, after the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy.
Sepulveda talks about the decision to mix archival footage from the era with the actual film starring Natalie Portman, who just won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe. This includes the famous Emmy-winning CBS special tour of the White House that she did in 1962, and a graphic re-enactment of the assassination. Sepulveda also talks about the strong message of female empowerment the movie presents.
Check out Fleming’s interview above, part of the Searchlight presentation conducted at the DGA theater in front of a packed house of invited Oscar and key guild voters.