THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Inclusion is the 2018 Oscars theme, but Frances McDormand calls for more — Brandy McDonnell reports

Film Frances McDormandFrances McDormand undoubtedly sent people rushing to their Google search bars when she capped her Oscar acceptance with “two words: ‘inclusion rider.’” Most people are at least somewhat familiar with riders, which are provisional clauses in contracts, and an inclusion rider would be put into actors and other film workers’ contracts to ensure gender and racial equality in the hiring for the project. McDormand’s pointed comment epitomizes the overall theme of the 2018 Oscars, at which presenters and award winners continually made demands for inclusion and diversity, as well as equal opportunity and representation industry-wide. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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AWFJ EDA Awards 2014 Schedule

awfjlinklogoThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 AWFJ EDA Awards, our eighth annual year end awards presentation.

As in previous years, the EDA Awards will recognize and honor outstanding achievement for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and the other ‘Best’ categories presented by other awards groups. Additionally, we will also continue our tradition of signature categories, such as ‘Actress Most in Need of a New Agent,’ ‘Best Nudity,”Hall of Shame’ and other distinctive AWFJ EDA Awards classifications.

Our voters are Alliance of Women Film Journalists membership, a consortium of 91 of the top female film critics, reporters and commentators working in print, broadcast and online in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

In addition to our year end celebrations, AWFJ presents EDA Awards at select film festivals throughout the year. Edinburgh International Film Festival, Salem Film Fest, St. Louis International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Whistler Film Festival have been on our festivals roster. We have also presented EDA Awards in conjunction with MoMA’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective of POV Programming on PBS.

Here is the 2014-15 AWFJ EDA AWARDS SCHEDULE:

  • Dec.18, 2014: Initial nominating ballots distributed to voting members.
  • Dec 22, 2014: Due date for completed nominating ballots.
  • Jan 02, 2015: Final voting ballots distributed to members.
  • Jan 07, 2015: Due date for completed voting ballots.
  • Jan 12, 2015: 2014 EDA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

For an overview of the AWFJ EDA Awards and the lists of past winners, click here.

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2008 AWFJ EDA Awards Nominations

The members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists have nominated the following for the 2008 EDA Awards, which will be celebrated at a by-invitation-only event on December 15.

Listed by category and in alphabetical order, the nominees are:

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