2017 EDA Award Categories

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the 2017 EDA Awards categories. Celebrating our 10th annual awards season, we present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS AND EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 77 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2017 EDA Awards categories are:

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS
These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

Best Director

Best Screenplay, Original

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Best Documentary

Best Animated Film

Best Actress

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Actor

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Non-English-Language Film

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

Best Woman Screenwriter

Best Animated Female

Best Breakthrough Performance

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Bravest Performance

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

2017 EDA AWARDS TIMELINE:

Nominees for all categories will be announced on December 3, 2017.

Final Voting Ballots will be distributed on December 3, 2017

Final Ballots will be due by December 5, 2017

EDA Award winners will be announced on December 9, 2017

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SPOTLIGHT September 2017: MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher.com Film Critic and Activist

awfjspotlightsmallsmallOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPioneering film critic MaryAnn Johanson celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her popular FilckFilosopher.com website this month; an impressive enough feat in itself. That MaryAnn has established herself as a distinct, influential and prolific feminist critic in a fiercely competitive and male-dominated industry, however, is testament not just to her boundless knowledge of and passion for film, but also of her extraordinary tenacity and determination. Continue reading…

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WATCHING GENDER: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development — Betsy Bozdech reports

It’s no secret that what kids see on screens has an impact on what they believe and who they become. That’s particularly true when it comes to gender; media that perpetuates rigid gender roles and stereotypes can affect kids’ sense of self, relationships, and career aspirations. Common Sense Media’s new research brief, “Watching Gender,” explores the effects of gender-biased media (specifically in TV and movies) on children’s development. It’s all part of the Gender Equity Is Common Sense initiative, which will lead to the creation of new tools and strategies to promote positive role models and representations for kids everywhere. Continue reading…awfj gender image study

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA 2017: The Winners!

As DOXA 2017 draws to a close, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short’ both presented at the festival’s awards ceremony on Saturday, May 13 in Vancouver. Continue reading…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Films and Juries

For the second consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with DOXA Documentary Film Festival to present EDA Awards for best female-directed films at the 16th annual festival, to be held from May 4 to 14, in Vancouver, BC. doxa logo 2017DOXA programmers have nominated female-directed films in two EDA Awards categories: Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary and Best Female-Directed Documentary Short. EDA Awards juries for both categories are comprised exclusively of AWJF members. Continue reading…

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AWFJ on KTEP 88.5 FM: Talking EDA Awards, Oscars, and the Status of Women In Film — Jennifer Merin reports

KTEP 88.5 FM’s ON FILM host Charles Horak discusses The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ annual and festival EDA Awards recognizing the work and contributions done by women and about women, both in front and behind the camera, points to the decreased level of opportunity for women behind the camera in 2016, and elicits a list of must-see undervalued 2016 films by and about women. Thank you, Charles Horak for your ongoing support of AWFJ and our goals. Listen to the program on KTEP 88.5 FM.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

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Director Mike Mills has a way with women. His new film 20th Century Women, coming some six years after Beginners in 2010, has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of enormous change.

It is 1979, the last staggering breath of the 70s era of drugs, sex, and social revolution is about to give way to the big bold 80s. This transitional moment is embodied by Jimmy Carter’s infamous Crisis of Confidence speech. But inside this larger moment in history, smaller crises are also taking place. Read on…

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AWFJ Welcomes New Members for 2017

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists receives applications for membership throughout the year, and invites several applicants to join the organization at the beginning of each year. For 2017, we have invited eight exceptional, enthusiastic and dedicated film journalists to become AWFJ members. We Welcome them to the organization and look forward to collaborating with them on AWFJ projects that will advance the cause of gender parity and diversity on screen, behind the lens and in film media and journalism. To meet our new members, read on…

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It’s a Wrap: AWFJ Looks Back at 2016

AWFJ is completing our tenth anniversary year, and it’s time to take stock and evolve. What has our organization accomplished during 2016, and what are our goals for 2017. But as we look back to evaluate our accomplishments and before we set forth plans for a new year filled with worthwhile projects, let’s pause for a moment to give due credit to the AWFJ members who’ve contributed their ideas, time and energy to make our 2016 programs and enterprises so successful. Well done! And here’s round of applause and a virtual pat on the back to each of you in recognition of your collegiality and activism. Now on to the nitty gritty about what AWFJ has done curing 2016, with shout outs to individual members who helmed projects and made them happen. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards for Best of 2016

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Moonlight is the big winner in this year’s tenth annual AWFJ EDA Awards, garnering awards in seven categories. AWFJ voters show love for esteemed director/activist Ava DuVernay with three EDAs. Manchester By The Sea won two. EDAs went to a diverse array of talents in 13 additional categories, including Bravest Performance, Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the coveted AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. Read on…

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AWFJ WONDER WOMEN: 55 Best Fictional Female Characters

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our orginzation’s inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact, social influence and long legs since the earliest days of cinema.

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Our members celebrate every imaginable liberated woman among their choices of our top 55 women characters, including a factory worker who demands her rights from her employer, a widow who founds her own successful company in the very unequal 1940s, a woman with no legal property rights who schemes to hold onto her family home, and two friends who take “Give me liberty or give me death” quite literally.

The full list was revealed in weekly posts during August, 2016, as a countdown from number 55 to number one. The order of preference was determined by AWFJ members who voted for the films. Each film is annotated by one of the AWFJ members who voted for it. The results are interesting, insightful and entertaining:

However, as Wonder Woman Project leader Marilyn Ferdinand points out in her compelling commentary, when the full list is considered in chronological order, it not only serves as a timely reminder that dynamic female characters have populated the silver screen from cinema’s inception to the present, but also shows the evolution of representative women’s images, gives a glimpse of whom we’ve needed to see during various eras and reflects historical shortcomings in stories about women of color and elderly women, among others, and the need for gender parity and greater diversity on screen.

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AWFJ’S WONDER WOMEN IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER:

Lola-Lola (The Blue Angel, 1930)

Jo March (Little Women, 1933, 1949, 1994)

Nora Charles (The Thin Man series, 1934-1947)

Mammy (Gone with the Wind, 1939)

Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind, 1939)

Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

Nina Ivanovna Yakushova (Ninotchka, 1939)

Hildegard Johnson (His Girl Friday, 1940)

Eve (The Lady Eve, 1941)

Ilsa Lund (Casablanca, 1942)

Mildred Pierce (Mildred Pierce, 1945)

Margo Channing (All About Eve, 1950)

Norma Desmond (Sunset Blvd, 1950)

Emma “Billie” Dawn (Born Yesterday, 1950)

Rose Sayer (The African Queen, 1951)

Princess Ann (Roman Holiday, 1953)

Sally Bowles (I Am a Camera/Cabaret, 1955, 1972)

Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962)

Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, 1964)

Martha (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 1966)

Jean Brodie (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969)

Maude Chardin (Harold and Maude, 1971)

Rebecca Morgan (Sounder, 1972)

Alice Hyatt (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1974)

Mabel Longhetti (A Woman Under the Influence, 1974)

Ripley (Alien series, 1976-1997)

Leia Organa (Star Wars series, 1977-2015)

Annie Hall (Annie Hall, 1977)

Norma Rae Webster (Norma Rae, 1979)

Doralee (9 to 5, 1980)

Aurora Greenway (Terms of Endearment, 1983)

Sarah Connor (Terminator 1 & 2, 1984, 1991)

Lucy Honeychurch (A Room with a View, 1985)

Loretta Castorini (Moonstruck, 1987)

Jane Craig (Broadcast News, 1987)

Annie Savoy (Bull Durham, 1988)

Tess McGill (Working Girl, 1988)

Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise, 1991)

Thelma Dickinson (Thelma & Louise, 1991)

Clarice Starling (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

Ada McGrath (The Piano, 1993)

Marge Gunderson (Fargo, 1996)

Jackie Brown (Jackie Brown, 1997)

Laine Hanson (The Contender, 2000)

Yu Shu Lien (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000)

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series, 2001-2011)

Paikea (Whale Rider, 2002)

The Bride (Kill Bill 1 & 2, 2003-2004)

Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada, 2006)

Ree (Winter’s Bone, 2010)

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games series, 2012-2015)

Olivia (Boyhood, 2014)

Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road, 2015)

Ma (Room, 2015)

Elle (Grandma, 2015)

For AWFJ notes on individual films, check the countdown links presented above or type the film title in the search box.

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2016 AWFJ EDA Awards in the News

IndieWire
RogerEbert.com
Movie City News
News OK (1)
We Are Movie Geeks (1)
Red Carpet Report
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Women and Hollywood (1)
The Hollywood Times
WKKG 101.5
Belief Net Movie Mom
Daily Me
Fashion + Lifestyle
Outtake
We Are Movie Geeks (2)
Premios Oscars
Women and Hollywood (2)
News OK (2)
Awards Watch
IMDb
Tomates Verdes Fritos
Facebook

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2016 AWFJ EDA Award Winners

With sincerest appreciation for all the great work that’s been done in film DURING 2015, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 EDA Awards. Congrats to all!

AWFJ EDA BEST OF AWARDS
These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Screenplay, Adapted: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay

Best Animated Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Best Actress: Ruth Negga – Loving

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis – Fences

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Moonlight – Yesi Ramirez

Best Cinematography: Moonlight – James Laxton

Best Editing: Moonlight – Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook, South Korea

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay – 13th

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt – Certain Women

Best Animated Female (tie):
Judy in Zootopia – Ginnifer Goodwin
Moana in Moana – Auli’i Cravalho

Best Breakthrough Performance: Ruth Negga – Loving

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry:
Ava DuVernay – For 13th and raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism (tie):
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award: Rules Don’t Apply – Warren Beatty (b. 1937) and Lily Collins (b. 1989)

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent: Jennifer Aniston – Mother’s Day and Office Christmas Party

Bravest Performance: Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t have been Made: Ben Hur

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellwegger for Bridget Jones’s Baby

Congrats to the winners!

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2016 AWFJ EDA Award Nominees

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 10th annual awards season, we present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS AND EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 76 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2016 nominees are: Read on…

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Whistler Film Festival 2016: Feminism Soars – Jennifer Merin reports

whistler-2016The 16th annual Whistler Film Festival has drawn to a close after five days packed with film screenings, a full house of filmmaker labs and pitch sessions, parties and power skiing. Parity for women is a cause that’s fully embraced by festival director Shauna Hardy Mishaw, who has established partnerships with female focused organizations to train, mentor and promote women directors and producers at the festival. Additionally, femme-helmed films scored big in award wins. Read more>>

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards at Whistler Film Festival — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler-2016This is the fourth consecutive year in which the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Documentary at this year’s festival, held in Whistler from November 30 to December 4, 2016. Whistler Film Festival nominates narrative features and documentaries for consideration. Selected by AWFJ jurors, the winners will be announced on December 4, at the Whistler Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Read on…

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Ten Films Nominated for the IDFA AWFJ EDA Award’s €2,500 Prize — Jennifer Merin reports

idfa-2016Programmers at IDFA have selected ten documentaries to be considered for this year’s IDFA AWFJ EDA Award, which bestows a prize of €2,500 for the Best Female-Directed Documentary. The winner will be announced and the award will be presented in Amsterdam on November 22, 2016. This year’s AWFJ jurors are Dorothy Woodend (Canada), Julide Tanriverdi (Germany) and Jennifer Merin (USA). 2016 is the third consecutive year that IDFA and AWFJ have partnered to recognize women’s outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking, and it is the first year in which the EDA Award comes with a monetary prize. For the full list of films, read on…

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Who’s #1? AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown Of Best Fictional Female Characters

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact, social influence and long legs since the earliest days of cinema.
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Our members celebrate every imaginable liberated woman among their choices of our top 11 women characters, including a factory worker who demands her rights from her employer, a widow who founds her own successful company in the very unequal 1940s, a woman with no legal property rights who schemes to hold onto her family home, and two friends who take “Give me liberty or give me death” quite literally. And, of course, we reveal our No. 1 Wonder Woman, a favorite of everyone who meets her. Here is our final group of Wonder Women, numbers 11 through 1:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 22 through 12

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.
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This week, our Wonder Women include some high-powered career women who have trouble with their work-life balance, a couple of New Yorkers with unique personal styles and some young women who find themselves facing dangerous enemies with determination in the face of their fears. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 22 through 12:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 33 through 23

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.
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This week, our Wonder Women include a pair of princesses who find adventure outside of their courtly isolation, ordinary women who face some difficult times with bravery and persistence, women who are dedicated to their various missions in life while finding—and sometimes losing—love, and girls who nurture their inborn talents to secure their place in the world. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 33 through 23:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 43 through 34

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.

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This week, our Wonder Women include two girls who learn some hard lessons about inequality and come out the better for it. Our Wonder Women also show their adaptability to change, their willingness to be generous, and importantly, their tenacious adherence to their own singular identities and personal integrity. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 43 through 34:

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About AWFJ’s Wonder Women Project — Marilyn Ferdinand comments

The last year or so has given women some important reasons to celebrate. The United States finally has its first female candidate for President, the 2014 Sony hack that revealed the deliberate underpayment and disrespect of actresses has pushed many high-profile women to speak up and take action, and African-American director Ava DuVernay is one of the “Sheroes” in a new line of dolls from Mattel. Read on…

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 55 through 44

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.

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Our Wonder Women run the gamut from girls to grandmothers. Many of them have children as well as careers. Many of them are survivors—of violence, of crime, of war, of discrimination. Some of them are hellcats, others are hell raisers. Many of them inspire or hope to find love. These characters do not represent all women, but they are a clear representation of how Hollywood and mainstream media have viewed women through the decades. We are releasing the names of our Wonder Women characters in groups of eleven per week, counting down to our number one favorite pick. Can you guess who she might be?

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AWFJ Wonder Women Are Coming! — Marilyn Ferdinand reports

Tired of waiting for the usual suspects to declare another Year of the Woman? Never fear. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists celebrates women all year every year—but especially this year! In honor of the 10th anniversary of AWFJ’s founding, we’re publishing the AWFJ Wonder Women project, an annotated list of the top 55 fictional female characters in movies from the birth of cinema to the present. Every Monday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 29, we’ll release the names of eleven fabulous women characters on our list, counting down to our members’ number one favorite. Get ready to cheer for our bevy of kickass heroines, outspoken working women, good-time gals and other unforgettable characters who comprise the AWFJ Wonder Women.
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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers’ Moving Acceptance Speech

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Dr. Heidi Janz

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Eva Colmers

VANCOUVER — At DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 awards ceremony, held on May 14, the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Short was presented to co-directors Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers for We Regret to Inform You, their very affecting and effective film about Heidi’s arduous battle to get disability support from the Canadian government. The directors were not present to receive the award from AWFJ’s Karen Martin, but the had prepared a very beautiful and affirming acceptance speech on tape. You can read the transcript and/or watch the video:

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