AWFJ Announces 2019 EDA Award Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

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In its 13th annual awards season, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists presents EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections: BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS.

Competition in BEST OF AWARDS is particularly tight: THE IRISHMAN, MARRIAGE STORY and ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD have each garnered nominatons in seven major categories, and PARASITE has garnered six.

AWFJ is particularly proud that women nominees are represented in all major craft categories and dominate several — and, not just in the FEMALE FOCUS section.

In the SPECIAL EDA AWARDS section, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Zhao Shuzhen are top contenders for the Grand Dame Award, and Anne Hathaway, Diane Keaton and Kristen Stewart are vying for She Deserves a New Agent.

For this year’s top contenders, check the full list of 2019 EDA Award Nominees

The winners of the AWFJ 2019 EDA Awards will be announced on January 10, 2020. Stay tuned!

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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).