Moonlight is the big winner in this year’s tenth annual AWFJ EDA Awards, garnering awards in seven categories. AWFJ voters show love for esteemed director/activist Ava DuVernay with three EDAs. Manchester By The Sea won two. EDAs went to a diverse array of talents in 13 additional categories, including Bravest Performance, Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the coveted AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. Read on…
In all, 76 AWFJ voters selected the winners of 2016 EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections.
BEST OF CATEGORIES
In the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is Moonlight, garnering EDA Awards in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, Best Screenplay (Adapted) for Jenkins, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble Cast for Casting Director Yesi Ramirez, Best Cinematography for James Laxton and Best Editing for Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders.
Manchester By the Sea won EDA Awards for Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Screenplay (Original) for Kenneth Lonergan.
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay won three EDAs for Best Documentary for 13th, Best Female Director for 13th and Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry for 13th and for raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood
SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
In the EDA Special Mention Categories, Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert tied for the Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award, while Huppert was honored the Bravest Performance Award for Elle. Jennifer Aniston won the Actress Most in Need of a New Agent for Mother’s Day” and Office Christmas Party, and the coveted Hall of Shame Award went to Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellwegger for the remarkably offensive Bridget Jones’s Baby.
The 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards reflect the organizations commitment to greater gender parity and diversity in the movie industry. making the tenth anniversary edition of the EDAs particularly relevant at a time when art — and film, in particular — must be the vanguard of social progress.
Read the entire list of winners.