Oscar winner credits award to Philly work ethic

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Editor William Goldenberg, A.C.E. receives the award for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) for his work on "Argo" during the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Editor William Goldenberg, A.C.E. receives the award for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) for his work on "Argo" during the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
Posted: March 05, 2013

DESPITE HIS penchant for the Boston brogue, Ben Affleck apparently can do a wicked Philly accent.

At least according to William Goldenberg, the Philly-born editor who took home an Oscar recently for his work on the best-picture-winning "Argo." Goldenberg also was nominated for his work on "Zero Dark Thirty." According to Goldenberg, Affleck does a spot-on impression of him.

"He's a great mimic," Goldenberg said.

After Goldenberg, a Northeast High and Temple alum, won his Academy Award, he told reporters that his experience working in his father's Philly deli helped to teach him the importance of keeping all of the plates spinning in his professional career.

It was working the counter at the now-defunct Irv's Society Hill Deliland, on 5th Street between Spruce and Pine, that was the source of Goldenberg's Oscar-winning work ethic. "It trained me to be an assistant," Goldenberg said from his home base of L.A. "It's like you're running a business: You're on the phone with the lab and your editor is calling. It's the same idea. You're cooking breakfast for 80 people while you're on the phone with a beer distributor. Can you do 15 things at once?"

Goldenberg hasn't officially settled on his next project yet, but he says he'll work with Affleck on whatever he's doing next. (Goldenberg also edited Affleck's first feature, "Gone Baby Gone.")

Even though he's a Los Angeleno now, Goldenberg stays true to his roots. "I still feel like I'm a Philadelphian living in Los Angeles," Goldenberg said. His mom still lives here, he keeps in touch with a buddy from Rhawnhurst Elementary and, of course, he's a die-hard Philly sports fan, sticking with the Flyers and the Eagles "even when they get crushed."

Like any true Philadelphian, Goldenberg has opinions on new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "I think it was a really smart thing to do," Goldenberg said of the selection. "I'm not a huge college-football fan, and college-football coaches don't often translate, but I'm excited about it. It's a chance to shake it up, and he could end up being a genius."

Specter on the move

Sources tell me that Joan Specter, former city councilwoman, entrepreneur and wife of the late Sen. Arlen Specter, is selling her East Falls home for $700,000. She'll relocate to the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford. Specter happens to live next-door to column regular Harry Jay Katz, who is selling his abode for $1.2 million.

Specter served on City Council in one of two Republican-at-large seats, beginning in 1980 and leaving office in 1996, when Frank L. Rizzo Jr. won her seat.

Gargano addition

WIP/Fox's Anthony Gargano and wife, Tamara, welcomed on Friday their second son, Massimo Gargano, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches long. Massimo joins the Garganos' other son, 3-year-old Anthony. "I have my Eli to go with my Peyton," proud papa Gargano said, referring to the Manning brothers, both NFL quarterbacks. He added that with two sons, he and Tamara can play man-to-man defense against the two boys.

TV Bits

Jacqueline London will join the NBC 10 news team later this month as an anchor/reporter. London comes to Philly from the CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., where the Orlando Business Journal named her "Best Local News Anchor" in 2008. London hails from Chicago.

* The local news stations all have reporters posted in Rome to report on papal goings-on. CBS 3's Susan Barnett replaces Pat Ciarrocchi, who took the first reporting leg; 6ABC's Brian Taff has been reporting from the Vatican since Friday; Tracy Davidson reps NBC 10; and newbie Iain Page already got the overseas assignment for Fox 29 and will leave for Roma at the end of the week.

* Because Barnett gets to visit Italy, her CBS 3 coanchor Chris May gets his own honor. May, along with Kathy Orr and Bob Kelly, will host the St. Patrick's Day Parade telecast from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Usually, May sits on the float, but this year, he'll stay warm in the studio.

* Philadelphia's own

Elisabetta DiMauro will play for the big bucks on "Let's Make a Deal." Tune in to watch DiMauro yuk it up with host Wayne Brady at 10 a.m. Wednesday on CBS 3.

* Doylestown-based information-technology consultant Barbara Tomaras won a car from the Game Show Network's Premier Club Platinum Level Exclusive Sweepstakes on GSN.com. She'll pick up her $50,000-valued ride Wednesday from Keystone Volvo in Berwyn.


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