AWFJ’s 2022 EDA Awards Nominees – Jennifer Merin reports

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In our 16th annual awards season, we present EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. We are especially pleased to see our EDA Award nominations show strong representation of women filmmakers in all EDA Awards categories, including non-gender specific categories, and not just those in the FEMALE FOCUS section.

The film with the most nominations is Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King, with nods in eleven categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, among others. Sarah Polley’s Women Talking has nominations in nine categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, among others. First time director Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun is nominated in five categories.

Other top contenders number wise include Everything Everywhere All At Once with ten nominations and The Banshees of Inisherin with nine.

Additionally, in our SPECIAL EDA AWARDS section, vying for this year’s Grand Dame Award (for defying ageism) are Jamie Lee Curtis, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh, while Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Danielle Deadwyler, Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh are contenders for The Most Daring Performance Award. And, will Ana de Armas, Bryce Dallas Howard, Margot Robbie or Rebel Wilson win the Deserves A New Agent Award?

Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 95 voting AWFJ members.

And the 2022 EDA Award nominees are:

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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).