Film editor Tom Cross rose to fame when he won an Academy Award for his work on the acclaimed movie "Whiplash" (2014). Cross grew up on Long Island and eventually attended the State University of New York at Purchase before heading to New York City start his professional career. There, he began learning the ropes by assistant editing commercials and small, independent movies. Before long, however, Cross was longing to work in the realm of large-scale feature films, so he relocated to Los Angeles. Cross was hungry to get involved in the L.A. movie scene, even briefly volunteering his services for free at Corman Studios, just to gain experience. He spent several years continuing his work as an assistant editor, gradually working his way up to impressive projects like Ang Lee's "Ride with the Devil" (1999). In 2005, he joined the editing team of the acclaimed series "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06). By 2010, Cross was finally ready to move from assistant editor to editor, cutting the drama "The Space Between" (2010). His work on "Whiplash" (2014) would prove to be some of the most challenging he had ever faced, as his selections and cuts made the instruments being played on screen sync to the music of the film's soundtrack. He was rewarded for his efforts on the film, winning several awards including the Academy Award and the BAFTA award for editing.