2012 EDA Award Nominees

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce the nominees for the 2012 AWFJ EDA Awards. The winners will be announced on January 7, 2013.

Listed by category and in alphabetical order, the nominees are:


Best Film



    Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director

    Ben Affleck – Argo

    Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

    Steven Speilberg – Lincoln

Best Screenplay, Original

    Amour – Michael Haneke.

    Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

    Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Screenplay, Adapted

    Argo – Chris Terrio

    Lincoln – Tony Kushner,

    Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Best Documentary

    The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh

    The Imposter – Bart Layton

    The Invisible War – Kirby Dick

    Searching For Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul

Best Animated Film




Best Actress

    Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

    Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

    Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

    Amy Adams – The Master

    Sally Field – Lincoln

    Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

Best Actor

    Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln

    John Hawkes – The Sessions

    Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Alan Arkin – Argo

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

    Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

    Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Best Ensemble Cast



    Silver Linings Notebook

Best Editing

    Argo – William Goldenberg

    Cloud Atlas – Alexander Berner

    Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Cinematography

    The Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

    The Master – Mihai Malaimare, Jr.

    Skyfall – Roger Deakins

Best Film Music Or Score

    Argo – Alexandre Desplat

    Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

    Zero Dark Thirty – Alexandre Desplat

Best Non-English-Language Film


    A Royal Affair

    Rust and Bone


These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

    Andrea Arnold – Wuthering Heights

    Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

    Sarah Polley – Take This Waltz

Best Woman Screenwriter

    Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) – Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks

    Ava DuVernay – Middle of Nowhere

    Sarah Polley – Take This Waltz

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star

    Gina Carano – Haywire

    Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises

    Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

Best Animated Female

    Brave – Merida – Kelly Macdonald

    Rise of the Guardians – Tooth – Isla Fisher

    Wreck-It Ralph – Vanellope – Sarah Silverman

Best Breakthrough Performance

    Samantha Barks – Les Miserables

    Ann Dowd – Compliance

    Alicia Vikander – A Royal Affair

    Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

    Judi Dench – Skyfall

    Helen Mirren – Hitchcock

    Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism – Female Icon Award

(Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.)

    Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

    Helen Hunt – The Sessions

    Judi Dench – Skyfall

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry

(Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)

    Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

    Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook

    Women Documentary Filmmakers, including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei Never Sorry) and Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five).


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award

    Sean Anders for That’s My Boy

    Sacha Baron Cohen for The Dictator

    Gabriele Muccino for Playing For Keeps

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

    Katherine Heigl – One For The Money

    Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy

    Reese Witherspoon – This Means War

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t

    Anna Karenina

    Cloud Atlas

    Les Miserables

Unforgettable Moment Award

    Argo – The runway chase.

    Flight – Crash sequence

    Les Miserables – Anne Hathaway as Fantine sings I Dreamed A Dream

    Rust and Bone – Marion Cotillard as Stephanie dances in the wheelchair.

    Zero Dark Thirty – Jessica Chastain as Maya says, “I’m the mother…”

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction

    Anna Karenina – Keira Knightly and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Rust and Bone – Marion Cotilliard

    The Sessions – Helen Hunt and John Hawkes

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award

    Amazing Spiderman

    Red Dawn

    Total Recall

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award

    Flight – Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly,..and Nadine Velazquez

    Seeking a Friend For the End of the World – Steve Carell and Keira Knightly

    Silver Linings Notebook – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

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