2018 EDA Award Winners

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 12th 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. Nominees in each category are determined by AWFJ members who submit nominating ballots. There are currently 84 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2018 EDA Award winners are:

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Viola Davis Inks Deal with Amazon –Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has signed an exclusive first look feature production deal with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions. The deal puts the streaming service in business with one of the most acclaimed and honored actresses of her generation. Davis has been working with Amazon on the upcoming comedy Troupe Zero, which co-stars Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan.

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WIDOWS – Review by Diane Carson

Thematically and cinematically Widows is a fresh, creative take on the heist film, exactly what director Steve McQueen fans would expect. In 2013 he won three Oscars, including Best Motion Picture of the Year, for 12 Years a Slave, the first time in Academy Award history for such an honor to a black director/co-producer.

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WIDOWS – Review by Roxana Hadadi

Widows is about revenge and crime, yes, but primarily, it’s about power—who has it, who gets to wield it, who is protected by it, who is kept away from it. This was a concept that director Steve McQueen explored with 12 Years a Slave and that writer Gillian Flynn mines constantly in her novels (what is Gone Girl about if not a struggle for dominance in a modern marriage?), and together they create a portrait of complex power struggles, of lines of dominance criss crossing each other, of a fragile web that can unravel if even one strand is snapped.

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WIDOWS – Review by Susan Granger

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and co-writer Gillian Flynn have come up with a compelling crime caper that has more twists and turns than a corkscrew! Living in a luxurious penthouse on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive, elegant, educated, union organizer Victoria Rawlings never paid much attention to her felonious husband’s shady business – until one of his robberies goes awry and she’s left a widow, along with the wives of his crew.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Viola Davis to Receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning performer and producer Viola Davis will be honored at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2018 Women in Entertainment breakfast, star-studded gala that recognizes women pioneers and industry leaders, Davis will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, given annually to a woman who has been a trailblazer and philanthropic leader in her industry.

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WIDOWS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

“This is not your world,” someone — a man — says to Veronica Rawlings in the aftermath of the death of her husband, Harry. The man is talking about the Chicago criminal underworld in which Harry was a very successful mover — until he no longer was — but he might as well be talking about the whole big wide world.

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