AWFJ Announces 2007 EDA Awards Categories

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce that the 2007 AWFJ EDA Awards will be presented in the following categories:

EDA Annual Achievement Awards:

Best Film

Best Director

Best Screenplay Original

Best Screenplay Adapted

Best Documentary

Best Actress

Best Actress In Supporting role

Best Actor

Best Actor supporting role

Best Ensemble Cast

Best Editing

Best Foreign Film

EDA Female Focus Awards:

Best Woman Director

Best Woman Screenwriter

Best Breakthrough Performance

Best Newcomer

Women’s Image Award

Hanging in There Award for Persistence

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry

Lifetime Achievement Award

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism

EDA Special Mention Awards:(These categories may have multiple winners):

AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award(s)

Actress(es) Most in Need Of A New Agent

Movies You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t

Best Of The Fests

Unforgettable Moment Award

Best Depiction Of Nudity or Sexuality

Best Seduction

Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award

Cultural Crossover Award

Bravest Performance Award

Best Leap from Actress to Director Award

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award

The EDA Awards categories change annually, as determined by AWFJ membership voting.

The winners of 2007 AWFJ EDA Awards will be announced in December.

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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).