AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Early Oscars Buzz for LEAVE NO TRACE — Jennifer Merin reports

debra granik headBeloved by Sundance and other top film festivals, as well as by the Academy and indie awards organizations and a long list of awards-presenting critics groups, Debra Granik is attracting early Oscars buzz for Leave No Trace, her third narrative feature. AWFJ selected Leave No Trace as Movie of the Week for June 29, and an informal poll of AWFJ members shows that the film is placing high on most members’ lists of best 2018 films to date. AWFJ says Leave No Trace has legs that will lead to Oscars, come awards season. Continue reading on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER

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LA CHANA — Review by Jennifer Merin

la chana posterCapturing all of the passion and personal expression that permeates flamenco and illuminates the dance form’s most engaging performers, Lucija Stojevic’s La Chana profiles the career and artistry of Antonia Santiago Amador, the hugely popular flamenco goddess revered by dance afficiandos for her force of nature spirit and extraordinary footwork. The great La Chana’s career peaked during the late 1960s, just before she inexplicably shunned her celebrity and mysteriously vanished from the dance world. Continue reading…

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A FANTASTIC WOMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Filmmaker Sebastian Lelio examines the emotional stigma of transgender in this sensitive, Oscar-winning Chilean film. In Santiago, Martina Vidal (Daniela Vega) and Orlando Onetto (Francisco Reyes) are in love. She’s a young waitress/cabaret singer; he’s 20 years older, the owner of a printing company. After celebrating Martina’s birthday one evening, Orlando becomes ill, suffering a fatal aneurysm. Martina rushes him to the emergency room, but he dies on the operating table. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMAN: 90th Oscar Noms Mark Milestones for Women and Diversity — Brandy McDonnell reports

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo and a cavalcade of sexual misconduct scandals brought to light after explosive investigative reports about Harvey Weinstein, the 2018 Oscar nominations marked several milestones for women, African-Americans and transgender people making movies. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMAN.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 19, 2018: THE SHAPE OF WATER

motw logo 1-35As beautiful to look at as it is entertaining to watch, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is a rich, textured romance/fairy tale about two misfits who find unexpected kinship in a secret government lab during the Cold War. It’s unlike any other film that hit the big screen in 2017, which is one of the reasons why AWFJ members voted to give it the EDA Award for Best Film of the year. Continue reading….

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Oprah Commands Golden Globes, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI get top billing, while THE SHAPE OF WATER dominates Critics Choice and AWFJ EDA Awards — Brandy McDonnell reports

Oprah Winfrey drew repeated ovations from the Hollywood honchos assembled for the Golden Globes, as issued a warning — not once, but three times — to powerful men who abuse women: “Their time is up!” And this year’s big Golden Globe winner is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But voting members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association/Broadcast Television Journalists Association and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists picked The Shape of Water and their big winner. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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2017 AWFJ EDA Awards: The Winners

The women of AWFJ have voted!

shape of water 3The Shape of Water is the big winner in this year’s 1th annual AWFJ EDA Awards, garnering awards for Best Film, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro and Bravest Performance for Sally Hawkins. AWFJ voters show love for Greta Gerwig with EDA’s for Best Female Director and Best Female Screenwriter for Lady Bird, with Laurie Metcalf winning the award for Best Supporting Actress in Lady Bird. EDAs went to a diverse array of talents in 19 additional categories, including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the coveted AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. For the full list, Continue reading…

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2017 EDA Award Winners

With sincerest appreciation for all the great work that’s been done in film during 2017, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 EDA Awards. Congrats to all!

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

Best Film: The Shape of Water

Best Director: Guillermo del Toro — The Shape of Water

Best Screenplay, Original: Get Out — Jordan Peele

Best Screenplay, Adapted: Call Me By Your Name — James Ivory

Best Documentary: Faces, Places — Agnes Varda and JR

Best Animated Film: Coco and Loving Vincent (Tie)

Best Actress: Frances McDormand — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Laurie Metcalf — Lady Bird

Best Actor: Gary Oldman — Darkest Hour

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Mudbound — Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins — Blade Runner 2019

Best Editing: Lee Smith — Dunkirk

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Square

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird

Best Woman Screenwriter: Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird

Best Animated Female: Parvana — The Breadwinner

Best Breakthrough Performance: Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Prioject

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry: Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and all who spoke out against sexual harrassment


EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Agnes Varda — Faces, Places

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award: I Love You Daddy — Chloe Grace Moretz and John Malkovich

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent: Kate Winslet for Wonder Wheel and The Mountain Between Us

Bravest Performance (tie): Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water and Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t have been Made: The Mummy

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: The Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al

Congrats to the winners!

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Women-Led Films Top 2017 Box Office, Golden Globes and Time’s Up Fight Harassment, Palm Springs Film Fest Awards, and AWFJ’s EDAs — Brandy McDonnell reports

Not only is the highest grossing movie of the year fronted by a female character – again – the top three films of 2017 are women-led stories. Celebrities attending the Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take a stand against sexual harassment by walking the red in black attire, showing solidarity with women in show business and other professions who are victims of on the job abuse. A new and well-funded organization called Time’s Up, founded by Hollywood A-Listers, is fighting sexual harassment in all professional environments through nation-wide initiatives. Palm Springs International Film Festival awards ceremony, considered to be the new year’s first awards presentation, attracts A-List Oscars contenders. And, AWFJ announces its 11th annual EDA Awards nominees, revealing a particularly strong roster of contenders. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Announcing the 2017 AWFJ EDA Awards Nominees

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce the nominees for the 2017 AWFJ EDA Awards in 25 categories ranging from the standards such as ‘Best Film,”Best Cinematographer,’ and ‘Best Actress’ to our own gender-focused and sometimes somewhat snarky slots, including ‘Actress Best Defying Age and Ageism’ and ‘Actress Most in Need of A New Agent.’ The annual EDA Awards, now in their eleventh season, reflect women’s perspectives on film, and recognize excellent work in cinema, in front of and behind the camera, with a particular focus on work done by and about women. For the list of nominees, Continue reading…

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2017 AWFJ EDA Award Nominees

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 11th 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 2017 nominees are:

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

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

Best Film 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
THE SHAPE OF WATER
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Director 

Guillermo del Toro –THE SHAPE OF WATER
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD
Martin McDonagh — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Christopher Nolan — DUNKIRK
Jordan Peele – GET OUT

Best Screenplay, Original

GET OUT — Jordan Peele
LADY BIRD — Greta Gerwig
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI — Martin McDonagh

Best Screenplay, Adapted

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME — James Ivory
MOLLY’S GAME — Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND — Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Best Documentary

DAWSON CITY FROZEN IN TIME
FACES, PLACES
JANE
KEDI
STEP

Best Animated Film

THE BREADWINNER
COCO
LOVING VINCENT

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige — MUDBOUND
Allison Janney — I, TONYA
Laurie Metcalf — LADY BIRD

Best Actor

Timothee Chalamet — CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Daniel Kaluuya — GET OUT
Gary Oldman — DARKEST HOUR

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Willem Dafoe –PROJECT FLORIDA
Sam Rockwell — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Michael Stuhlbarg — CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

MUDBOUND — Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram
THE POST –  Ellen Lewis
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI — Sara Finn

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins –  BLADE RUNNER 2049
Hoyte van Hoytema — DUNKIRK
Dan Laustsen — THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Editing

Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss — BABY DRIVER
Lee Smith — DUNKIRK
Sidney Wolinsky– THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Non-English-Language Film

BPM
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
THE SQUARE

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

Kathryn Bigelow — DETROIT
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD
Patty Jenkins — WONDER WOMAN
Angelina Jolie — FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
Dee Rees — MUDBOUND
Angela Robinson — PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN
Agnes Varda — FACES, PLACES

Best Woman Screenwriter

Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer — THE POST
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams — MUDBOUND

Best Animated Female

Mama Imelda — COCO
Marguerite Gachet — LOVING VINCENT
Parvana — THE BREADWINNER

Best Breakthrough Performance

Tiffany Haddish –GIRL’S TRIP
Brooklynn Prince — THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Florence Pugh — LADY MACBETH

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry

Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Patty Jenkins for WONDER WOMAN
Angelina Jolie for FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER and THE BREADWINNER
Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd  and all who spoke out against sexual harrassment

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Annette Bening — FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Frances McDormand –THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
AGNES VARDA — FACES, PLACES

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

I LOVE YOU, DADDY — Chloe Grace Moretz and John Malkovich
MOTHER!  — Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem
THE MUMMY and AMERICAN MADE — Tom Cruise with Annabelle Wallis and Sarah Wright, respectively

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (name actress and film)

Dakota Johnson for 50 SHADES DARKER
Jennifer Lawrence for MOTHER!
Kate Winslet for WONDER WHEEL and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Bravest Performance

Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

BAYWATCH
THE MUMMY
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

Darren Aronovsky and all associated with MOTHER!
Louis CK and all associated with I LOVE YOU,, DADDY
Showbiz Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al.

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AWFJ 2017 EDA Awards: Timeline and Categories

eda award cert blankThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ presents annual EDA Awards to recognize excellent work by and about women, in front of and behind the camera. 2017 marks the EDA Awards’ tenth anniversary. AWFJ presents three types of year-end awards. Standard “Best of” and “Female Focus” categories are presented annually, while “Special Mention” categories vary each year in response to the year’s crop of films, and usually include Actress Most In Need of a New Agent, Best Nudity and similar categories unique to the year end AWFJ EDA Awards. Continue reading...

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Women Filmmakers Rise to the Top at Whistler Film Festival 2017 — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler logo 2017At a time when the call for gender parity is more prevalent than ever, the Whistler Film Festival 2017, taking placed from November 29 to December 3, will screen 14 feature films and 16 short films directed by women, which makes up 30% of this year’s film programming, the highest percentage for the festival to date. Continue reading…

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IDFA 2017: The Female Gaze is Gone — Jennifer Merin reports

idfa 2017 ;ogoInternational Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, otherwise known as IDFA, has accomplished during the decades since it was co-founded by Ally Derks, who is rightly revered in the documentary film realm. But Ally Derks has moved on, and IDFA is changing its outlook. This year, the festival dropped its The Female Gaze program and is, apparently, no longer focusing on ongoing issues of gender parity faced by the international community of women filmmakers. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN

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EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival: Feature and Shorts Nominees Announced — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler logo 2017The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Whistler Film Festival are proud to announce the nominees for two AWFJ EDA Awards to be presented at the 2017 festival. This is the fourth consecutive year of the partnership between Whistler Film Festival and AWFJ to honor films directed by women. Whistler Film Festival nominates films for consideration. Juries are comprised of AWFJ members. The winners will be announced and the EDA Awards will be presented at the festival’s awards ceremony on December 3, 2017. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Varda and Tomlin Honored, Nowlin Plays PTSD Woman Vet, Sexual Harassment Help Line Set

Legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda, now age 89, receives an honorary Oscar in Hollywood, while The Society of Voice Arts & Sciences has bestowed upon Lily Tomlin the Voice Arts Icon Award, presented at New York’s Lincoln Center. Actress Kate Nowlin weighs in on what it’s like to play a war veteran suffering from PTSD in Blood Stripe, which she also co-scripted. The tsunami of stories out sexual harassment continues to sweep through the entertainment industry and Women in Film Los Angeles is launching a sexual harassment hot line to help those who have suffered unwanted sexual attention for decades to overcome the trauma. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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THE BREADWINNER — Review by Cynthia Fuchs

breadwinner poster“Stay inside where you belong.” Again and again in The Breadwinner, 11-year-old Parvana (Saara Chaudry) is reminded of her place. A girl in 2001 Kabul, she’s surrounded by war and threatened by the Taliban. She’s not supposed to read, think for herself, or go outside without a man, she’s not supposed to show her face and she’s certainly not supposed to work a job. A the same time, however, her father Nurullah (Ali Badshah), a teacher, encourages her to explore the world around her, to feel confident and to tell and listen to stories, because, he says, “Stories remain in our hearts even when all else is gone.” Continue reading…

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AWFJ is Heading for Whistler Film Festival, Nov 29- Dec 3 — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler logo 2017The Alliance of Women Film Journalists will present two juried EDA Awards for the Best Female-Directed Feature and Short Films at this year’s Whistler Film Festival (WFF) taking place from November 29 to December 3. This is the fourth consecutive year in which AWFJ has partnered with the Whistler Film Festival to honor the work of female directors whose films are being presented. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT October 2017: Agnès Varda, Filmmaker, Honorary Oscar Recipient, Director of FACES PLACES

“You decide you do something, then you are totally ready for things to happen.” Agnès Varda, on YouTube

agnes headsho croppedawfjspotlightsmallsmallFilm director Agnès Varda was talking about her process for creating documentaries, but she might as well have been talking about her storied career as the only female director of the French New Wave. Over her 63 years (and counting) of filmmaking, Varda has created a vast body of work composed not only of documentaries, but also short films and features. She is also an accomplished photographer. And now, at age 89, Varda has a new film and a new honor to add to her crowded list of awards and recognitions. Continue reading…

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UNFRIENDED — Review by Susan Granger

Like Unfriended, Simon Verhoeven taps into social media to propel this tech-terror thriller which starts out with a provocative premise before it inevitably dissolves into clichéd carnage. College student Laura Woodson (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is undoubtedly one of the most popular coeds on campus. Since she has more than 800 ‘friends,’ she graciously accepts a ‘friend’ request from lonely Marina Mills (Liesl Ahlers), a strange, hoodie-clad, Goth-like classmate. Continue reading…

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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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Read the 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards Winners List
Read about 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards in the News
Read more about the Alliance of Women Film Journalists
Read more about the AWFJ EDA Awards
Read the AWFJ Membership List

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GERMANS AND JEWS — Review by Jennifer Merin

germansandjewsNow streaming online and available on DVD, Germans & Jews, a documentary by Janina Quint and Tal Recanati, is a revelation about the contemporary cultural connection between two groups of people with a devastating history of division. It compares current trends in personal identification, political expectations and social stereotyping to those which existed during the 1930s and 40s, as prelude and during the Nazi regime. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 15 to 22, 2017: DOLORES

motw logo 1-35It’s a safe bet that many folks, if asked to name someone associated with the United Farm Workers of America union (originally the National Farm Workers Association), would draw a total blank. Some might come up with Cesar Chavez. But very few are likely to mention Dolores Huerta, despite her countless contributions to the UFW beginning in the 1960s and her continuing role as an outspoken intersectional activist who fights for feminism, civil rights, environmentalism, and more. Continue reading…

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DETROIT — Review by Cate Marquis

detroit posterIn Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow spotlights the civil unrest that shook Detroit in the summer of 1967, and particularly the infamous events that took place at the Algiers Motel, when police abused a group of mostly black men and killed three. One would have hoped that 50 years on, we would be looking back those events and noting how far we have come. Sadly, that is not the case. Continue reading…

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Susan Glatzer on ALIVE AND KICKING and Community– Nell Minow interviews

susan glatzer 1 croppedThe director of the new swing dance documentary Alive and Kicking knows her subject from the inside out. Susan Glatzer is a swing dancer herself and “part of the dance world,” which she vividly depicts in the film as an exceptionally joyous, generous, and connected community. And so she did not want to make the film about just her own story. Continue reading…

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