2008 EDA Awards Winners!

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With sincerest appreciation of all the great work that�s been done in film this year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 EDA Awards.

For a full list of 2007 EDA Award nominees, click here.

Congratulations to all!

And the winners are:


Best Film

Slumdog Millionaire

Best Direction

Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Screenplay Original

Wall-E – Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jim Reardon

Best Screenplay Adapted

Frost/Nixon – Peter Morgan

Best Documentary (Tie)

Man On Wire – James Marsh

Trouble The Water – Tia Lessen, Carl Deal

Best Actress (Tie)

Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky

Kate Winslet – The Reader and Revolutionary Road

Best Actress In Supporting Role

Viola Davis – Doubt

Best Actor

Sean Penn – Milk

Best Actor in Supporting Role

Heath Ledger – Dark Knight

Best Ensemble Cast

Rachel Getting Married

Best Editing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Best Foreign Film

Tell No One


Best Woman Director

Courtney Hunt – Frozen River

Best Woman Screenwriter

Jenny Lumet – Rachel Getting Married

Best Breakthrough Performance

Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Newcomer

Misty Upham – Frozen River

Women’s Image Award

Kristin Scott Thomas

Hanging in There Award for Persistence

Melissa Leo – Frozen River

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Catherine Deneuve – A Christmas Tale

2008 Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry

Sheila Nevins, Producing/Programming at HBO

Lifetime Achievement Award

Catherine Deneuve

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism

All of the Women in Pray The Devil Back To Hell


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award

27 Dresses

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Kate Hudson

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn‘t (Tie)

Mamma Mia!

The Women

Best Of The Fests


Unforgettable Moment Award (Tie)

Dark Knight: Joker’s first scene

Slumdog Millionaire: Young Jamal jumps into the poop

Best Depiction Of Nudity or Sexuality (Tie)


The Reader

Best Seduction

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award (Tie)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Saw V

The Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award:

The Women

Cultural Crossover Award

Slumdog Millionaire

Bravest Performance Award

Mickey Rourke – The Wrester

Best Leap from Actress to Director Award

Helen Hunt – Then She Found Me

Most Egregious Age Difference Between Leading Man and Love Interest

The Wackness – Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen

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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 About.com. 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).