The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announces the nominees for the 2020 AWFJ EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard “Best Of” section, the “Female Focus” awards and the irreverent “EDA Special Mention” awards – including the She Deserves a New Agent Award and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. In AWFJ’s fourteenth annual EDA Awards season, nominations are dominated by three femme-helmed films.
This year’s most nominated film is Nomadland, garnering nine EDA nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Woman Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Woman Screenwriter and Best Editing for Chloe Zhao; Best Cinematography; and Best Actress, Grand Dame Award, and Most Daring Performance Award for Frances McDormand.
Regina King’s highly regarded One Night in Miami is honored with eight nominations in the “Best Of,” “Female Focus,” and “EDA Special Mention” categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Woman Director.
Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman has six nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan, Best Woman Director, and Best Woman Screenwriter.
Additionally, Fennell is nominated for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, along with Sophia Loren for her brilliant comeback and all of the Female Film Festival Directors who successfully transitioned from live to online events.
Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ 2020 EDA Awards nominees genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity.
The EDA Awards always honor the year’s best films regardless of gender, but in 2020 three female-directed films have emerged as AWFJ’s most nominated films. Even better, two of these and several other multi-nominated films tell stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds.
All in all, 2020 saw a bumper crop of female-directed and female-centered films that reached widespread audiences via online releases. From AWFJ’s point of view, that’s one ray of sunlight that has shown through this year’s pandemic darkness. Hopefully that trend will continue as the nation heals from its various ailments.
For the complete list of 2020 EDA Award nominees, click here.
AWFJ’s 2020 EDA Awards winners will be announced on January 4, 2021.