Starting his career with television, Goldenberg quickly received a jump-start to his editing career with “Heat”, one of the summer blockbuster movies of 1995. William Goldenberg also received instruction in film and TV editing by another famous film editor, Michael Kahn. Goldenberg and Kahn worked together for four years. Goldenberg was also an apprentice editor for the 1985 classic, “The Breakfast Club”. He received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the film “Argo”, as well as more than twelve nominations for notable movies such as “Zero Dark Thirty”, “The Imitation Game”, “The Insider”, and “Seabiscuit”.
Goldenberg also has a notable working history with director Michael Mann. The two worked together on critically acclaimed and successful movies. Among the movies the pair has worked on are the aforementioned 1995 bank robbery classic “Heat”, and the 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali”. He also frequently works with the actor Ben Affleck, with the two winning several awards for “Argo”.
Goldenberg is also a member of the American Cinema Editors, an honorary group of film editors that are voted in by their peers based on their professional achievements and passion for film editing. As of 2017,
William Goldenberg has been involved with or served as editor for five films that have been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: “The Insider” (1999), “Seabiscuit” (2003), “Argo” (2012), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012), and “The Imitation Game” (2014). “Argo” was the only film of his that won in that category, as well as earning Goldenberg an Oscar award for best editing. Along with his Oscar award and nominations, William Goldenberg also has 19 awards and 41 nominations including winning the prestigious BAFTA award for his work on “Argo”.