AWFJ Announces 2022 EDA Award Winners – Jennifer Merin reports

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In our 16th annual awards season, AWFJ presented EDA Awards in 25 categories divided into three sections, the BEST OF AWARDS, FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS and EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS. We were 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.

This year, three films are tied for the most EDA Awards wins:

The Banshees of Inishern garnered four EDAs:

  • Best Film,
  • Best Original Screenplay for Martin McDonagh
  • Best Actor for Colin Farrell
  • Best supporting Actress for Kerry Condon (tied with Jamie Lee Curtis)

Everything Everywhere All at Once won four EDAs:

  • Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh
  • Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis (tied with Kerry Condon)
  • Best supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan
  • Best Editing for Paul Rogers

Women Talking took four EDAs:

  • Best Director for Sarah Polley
  • Best adapted screenplay for Sarah Polley and Miriam Toews
  • Best Ensemble Cast for Casting Directors John Buchan and Jason Knight
  • Best Woman Screenwriter for Sarah Polley and Miriam Toews

Additionally, in our SPECIAL EDA AWARDS section, Emma Thompson won the EDA Grand Dame Award for defying age and agism, as well as the Bravest Performance Award for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Danielle Deadwyler’s turn in Till is designated our Breakthrough Performance, while Ana de Armas is deemed to be most deserving of better projects and roles that match up to her talents.

There are currently 95 AWFJ members who vote for the EDA Awards. The full membership list is accessible here. You can see the full list of nominees here.
And the 2022 EDA Award winners 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 About.com. 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).