HOW WOMEN MADE HISTORICAL ADVANCES IN THE 2021 OSCAR RACE by Susan Granger

HOW WOMEN MADE HISTORICAL ADVANCES IN THE 2021 OSCAR RACE by Susan Granger

History was made when the Oscar nominations were released for the Best Director category. Only five women have ever been nominated before. This year, Chloe Zhao was chosen for her elegiac road-trip drama “Nomadland,” along with first-time feature-filmmaker Emerald Fennel for her #MeToo revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman.” Chloe Zhao, the first woman of color nominated for Best Director, is the most nominated woman in a single year in Oscar history, since she’s also competing as Best Picture producer, along with Adapted Screenplay and Editing. That’s a record-breaking four nominations in a single year.

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AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

AWFJ Announces 2014 EDA Awards Schedule

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pushing its year end award schedule back a bit, aiming to announce the winners of the 2014 EDA Awards in January, rather than in December, as they were last year. The organization’s later deadlines for nominations and final votes will allow AWFJ members — of which I am one — greater opportunity to see and consider films released at the very end of the year, and targeted for Oscars consideration, as well. For further details and the full schedule, read on…

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers

In May, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind-the-scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen. Since the series launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in their local coffee shops. Here’s the scoop…

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