AWFJ Announces 2006 EDA Awards Winners

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists wishes to congratulate all the winners of our 2006 EDA Awards, including Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro) for Best Film, Little Children (Todd Field) for Best Drama By Or About Women and Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) for Best Comedy By Or About Women.

BEST FILM:

Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro

BEST DRAMA BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:

Little Children – Todd Field

BEST COMEDY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:

Little Miss Sunshine – Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

BEST SCREENPLAY WRITTEN BY A WOMAN:

Half Nelson – Anna Boden

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:

Jesus Camp – Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE:

Dame Helen Mirren – The Queen

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDIC PERFORMANCE:

Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS OR ACTOR IN SUPPORT OF A FEMALE PROTAGONIST OR FEMALE PERSPECTIVE:

Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE FOR A YOUNG ACTRESS:

Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST:

Little Miss Sunshine

HANGING IN THERE FOR THE BEST PERSISTENCE:

Deepa Mehta – Water

BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY OR SEXUALITY:

Little Children

DON’T STICK YOU HEAD IN THE SAND AWARD:

Jesus Camp – Heidi Ewing and Rachel

2006’s OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A WOMAN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY:

For her amazing 2006 trifecta as Susan in Babel, Lena Brandt in The Good German, and Sheba Hart in Notes On A Scandal, AWFJ officially dubs her Cate the Great, and presents its 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award to Cate Blanchett.

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

For a treasury of extraordinary performances far too numerous to name here, and much too memorable to make it necessary to do so, for her great integrity in choosing and making the very most out of roles big and small, for her ability to melt into the ensemble or seize the spotlight with a single biting line delivery, for having the versatility to be as at home in historical dramas as she is in James Bond pictures, for her commitment to lending her abilities to the part rather than bending the part to her abilities and for being famous not just as a powerhouse performer but also as a woman who’s a delightful colleague, always supportive, ready with restorative humor and generous with handmade needlepoint pillows for those whom she especially favors, it is with a great hurrah that there’s much more to come, that AWFJ presents its 2006 EDA Award for Lifetime Achievement to Dame Judi Dench.

AWFJ AWARD FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTIVISM:

For redirecting the spotlight that shines on her so that it illuminates critical problems of child welfare, poverty, pandemic and prevasive violence throughout the world, and for commiting her spirit, time and material resources to their resolution, it is with profound respect and appreciation that AWFJ presents its 2006 EDA Award for Humanitarian Activism to Angelina Jolie.

AN ACTRESS DEFYING AGE AND AGISM:

For making career and life choices that let fans of all ages know that becoming older is much easier and more joyful when it is not encumbered by the prejudices society places upon it, it is with great enthusiasm that AWFJ presents its 2006 EDA Award for Defying Age and Agism to Dame Helen Mirren.

ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT:

Uma Thurman

MOVIES YOU WANTED TO LOVE BUT JUST COULDN’T:

Marie Antoinette

BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY OR SEXUALITY:

Little Children

DON’T STICK YOU HEAD IN THE SAND AWARD:

Jesus Camp – Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

AWFJ HALL OF SHAME AWARDS:

A Good Year

Basic Instinct 2

Beerfest

Black Dahlia

Little Man

My Super-Ex Girlfriend

You, Me and Dupree

and

Mel Gibson, who has been awarded his place in the AWFJ Hall of Shame in recognition of the sexism he displayed when, according to police reports, he called a female officer ‘sugar tits,’ during his more famously anti-Semitic rant. We wish to assure Mr. Gibson that we heard the full scope of his rage that evening– not just the Jewish part.

BEST OF THE FESTS: In Recognition of the outstanding films that premiered and were seen at festivals during 2006, but have not yet found their way into distribution.

Apart from That — Randy Walker and Jennifer Shainin

This quirky, experimental first feature explores themes of loneliness, relationship and the desire for love and acceptance. Using an amateur cast, the filmmakers scheduled shooting two days on, one day off, so they could rewrite the script as they went along, based on where the actors were taking their roles. (Seen at Seattle Film Festival)

Cats of Mirikatani – Linda Hattendorf

A wonderful documentary about how a courageous filmmaker managed to change her subject’s life for the better. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)

Cinnamon – Kevin Jerome Everson

This experimental blend of documentary and narrative filmmaking presents the story of a female drag racer whose family are all involved in the exhilarating sport. (Seen at Sundance)

Falling – Barbara Albert

Working improvisationally with actors, Albert follows a group of 30-something Austrian women who reunite 14 years after their schooldays at their teacher’s funeral, and confront their unrealized dreams and burdensome adult lives. Albert’s portrait of the difficulties women face is realistic, yet optimistic. (Seen at New York Film Festival)

Just Like The Son – Morgan J. Freeman

A sweet, simple story about a troubled teen who opens his heart to a young, neglected boy. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)

Shadow of Afghanistan – Suzanne Bauman and Jim Burroughs

It took 20 years to complete this documentary chronicling developments in Afghanistan, from Eisenhower’s 1959 friendly visit, through Soviet invasion and expulsion, the ensuing civil war, to post-9/11 American bombing and occupation. The film uses extraordinary footage, some shot by slain journalist Lee Shapiro, to present the lives of a beleaguered people. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)

Snow Cake – Marc Evans

Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman give wonderful performances in this film, which was flawlessly written by newcomer Angela Pell. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)

Son of Man – Mark Dornford-May

An effective and powerful retelling of the Jesus Christ story, transposed to Africa during civil war. It’s intense and violent and familiar and moving, all at once. (Seen at Sundance)

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