AWFJ 2017 EDA Awards: Timeline and Categories

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eda award cert blankThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ presents annual EDA Awards to recognize excellent work by and about women, in front of and behind the camera. 2017 marks the EDA Awards’ tenth anniversary. AWFJ presents three types of year-end awards. Standard “Best of” and “Female Focus” categories are presented annually, while “Special Mention” categories vary each year in response to the year’s crop of films, and usually include Actress Most In Need of a New Agent, Best Nudity and similar categories unique to the year end AWFJ EDA Awards. Continue reading...

The EDAs are named in honor of Eda Reiss Merin (1913-1996), a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS.

2017 AWFJ EDA Awards Timeline

December 30 — Deadline for return of Nominations Ballots
January 3 – 1017 EDA Award Nominees announced
January 5 – Deadline for Final Voting Ballots
January 9 – 2017 EDA Awards announced

2017 AWFJ EDA Awards Categories

In 2017, AWFJ will present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 77 voting AWFJ members. And the 2017 EDA Awards categories are:

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay, Original
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Best Documentary
Best Animated Film
Best Actress
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Non-English-Language Film

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Best Woman Screenwriter
Best Animated Female
Best Breakthrough Performance
Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry


Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Bravest Performance
Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made
AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

For the full list of 2017 AWFJ EDA Awards nominees, click here.

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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).