2019 EDA Award Nominees

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2019 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 13th 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 90 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2019 EDA Award nominees are:

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

    The Irishman
    Jojo Rabbit
    Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood
    Marriage Story

Best Director 

    Noah Baumback, Marriage Story
    Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
    Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
    Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood
    Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Screenplay, Original 

    The Farewell, Lulu Wang
    Knives Out, Rian Johnson
    Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
    Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
    Parasite, Bong Joon-ho

Best Screenplay, Adapted 

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster
    Hustlers, Lorene Scafaria
    Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
    The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
    Little Women, Greta Gerwig

Best Documentary

    Apollo 11
    For Sama
    One Child Nation

Best Animated Film

    Frozen 2
    I Lost My Body
    Toy Story 4

Best Actress 

    Awkwafina, The Farewell
    Soirse Ronan, Little Women
    Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
    Lupita Nyong’o, Us
    Renee Zellwegger, Judy

Best Actress in a Supporting Role 

    Annette Bening, The Report
    Laura Dern, Marriage Story
    Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
    Florence Pugh, Little Women
    Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Best Actor 

    Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
    Adam Driver, Marriage Story
    Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
    Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
    Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
    Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Al Pacino, The Irishman
    Joe Pesci, The Irishman
    Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

    The Irishman, Ellen Lewis
    Little Women, Kathy Driscoll and Francine Maisler
    Marriage Story, Douglas Maisel and Francine Maisler
     Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, Victoria Thomas
    Parasite (casting director not listed in credits)

Best Cinematography 

    1917. Roger Deakins
    A Hidden Life, Jorg Widmer
    The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
    Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, Robert Richardson
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Claire Mathon

Best Editing

    1917, Lee Smith
    Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
    The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
    Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, Fred Raskin
    Parasite, Jimmo Yang

Best Non-English-Language Film 

    Pain and Glory
    Portrait of a Lady On Fire

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director 

    Greta Gerwig, Little Women
    Marielle Heller, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
    Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    Lulu Wang, The Farewell
    Olivia Wilde, Book Smart

Best Woman Screenwriter 

    Greta Gerwig, Little Women
    Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman, Booksmart
    Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
    Celine Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    Lulu Wang, The Farewell

Best Animated Female 

    Anna, Kristen Bell in Frozen 2 
    Bo Peep, Annie Potts in Toy Story 4  
    Elsa, Idina Menzel in Frozen 2
    Yi, Chloe Bennet in Abominable

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance 

    Awkwafina, The Farewell
    Florence Pugh, Midsommar plus Little Women and Fighting With the Family
    Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry 

    Ava DuVernay for creating ARRAY and championing women in film.
    Claire Mathon for Cinematography: Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Atlantiques
    Anna Serner (Swedish Film Inst) for tireless work on 50/50 by 2020 initiative.


Grand Dame Award for defying agism.

    Helen Mirren, The Good Liar
    Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
    Zhao Shuzhen. The Farewell

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award 

    Dolemite Is My Name: Eddie Murphy (58) and Da’Vine Joy Randolph (33)  25
    Lucy In The Sky: Jon Hamm (48) and Zazie Beetz (28) 20
    The Public: Emilio Estevez (57) and Taylor Schilling (35) 22

She Deserves A New Agent Award

    Anne Hathaway, The Hustler and Serenity
    Diane Keaton and ensemble, Poms
    Kristen Stewart, Charlies Angels and Seberg

Most Daring Performance Award

    Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale
    Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
    Lupita Nyong’o, Us
    Florence Pugh, Midsommar
    Renee Zellwegger, Judy

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award 

    Charlie’s Angels
    The Lion King
    Men In Black: International
    Dark Phoenix

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

    HFPA for excluding women nominees in major Golden Globe categories.
    Louis CK come back tour
    Beach Bums, the movie
    Harvey Weinstein, more of the same
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