2020 EDA Awards Nominees

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 14th 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 92 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. And the 2020 EDA Award nominees are:

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS
These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

    • MINARI
    • NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
    • NOMADLAND
    • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
    • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
    • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Best Director

    • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
    • Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
    • Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW
    • Aaron Sorkin – TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
    • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Screenplay, Original

    • MANK – Jack Fincher
    • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Emerald Fennell
    • THE TRIAL OF THE CHACAGO 7 – Aaron Sorkin

Best Screenplay, Adapted

    • FIRST COW – Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond
    • NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao
    • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Kemp Powers

Best Documentary

    • ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
    • ATHLETE A
    • CRIP CAMP
    • THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
    • TIME

Best Animated Film

    • OVER THE MOON
    • SOUL
    • WOLFWALKERS

Best Actress

    • Viola Davis – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
    • Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN
    • Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND
    • Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

    • Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
    • Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN
    • Amanda Seyfried – MANK
    • Yuh-Jung Youn – MINARI

Best Actor

    • Riz Ahmed – SOUND OF METAL
    • Chadwick Boseman – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
    • Delroy Lindo – DA 5 BLOODS

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    • Sacha Baron Cohen – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
    • Bill Murray – ON THE ROCKS
    • Leslie Odom Jr – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

    • DA 5 BLOODS – Kim Coleman
    • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Kimberly Hardin
    • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Francine Maisler

Best Cinematography

    • MANK – Erik Messerschmidt
    • NOMADLAND – Joshua James Richards
    • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tami Reiker

Best Editing

    • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tariq Anwar
    • NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao
    • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Alan Baumgarten

Best Non-English-Language Film

    • ANOTHER ROUND – Denmark
    • BEANPOLE – Russia
    • THE MOLE AGENT – Chile
    • THE PAINTED BIRD – Czech Republic

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

    • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
    • Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
    • Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
    • Channing Godfrey Peoples – MISS JUNETEENTH
    • Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW
    • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Woman Screenwriter

    • Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
    • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
    • Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
    • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Animated Female

    • 22 in SOUL, Tina Fey
    • Mebh Óg MacTíre in WOLFWALKERS, Eva Whittaker
    • Robyn Goodfellowe in WOLFWALKERS, Honor Kneafsey

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance

    • Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
    • Sidney Flanigan – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
    • Helena Zengel – NEWS OF THE WORLD

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry

    • All female heads of film festivals who successfully transitioned from live to online events to sustain festival culture through the pandemic.
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    • All indie female writers and directors who normalized abortion as a vital element in the cultural conversation in films such as SAINT FRANCES, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, SISTER OF THE GROOM, ONCE UPON A RIVER, THE GLORIAS and others.
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    • Emerald Fennell for creating a film that forces empathy to put an end to the toxic sexist rape culture pervasive through modern history.
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    • Sophia Loren for a brilliant comeback at age 86 in THE LIFE AHEAD, the latest in her record-setting career. Loren won a Best Actress Oscar in 1962 for TWO WOMEN and was the first actor to win for a foreign language movie. She was also nominated in 1965 for MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE. If she’s nominated in 2021, it will be a 56-year span between her two most recent nominations – the current record is held by Henry Fonda, who had a 41-year gap between nominations.

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Grand Dame Award for defying agism.

    • Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN
    • Tsai Chin – LUCKY GRANDMA
    • Sophia Loren – THE LIFE AHEAD
    • Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award

    • THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY – Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang (23 years)
    • DEVIL ALL THE TIME – Riley Keough and Jason Clarke (20 years)
    • MANK – Amanda Seyfried and Charles Dance (39 years), Gary Oldman (27 years)
    • TENET – Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh (30 years)

She Deserves A New Agent Award

    • Rose Byrne – LIKE A BOSS
    • Tiffany Haddish – LIKE A BOSS
    • Katie Holmes – DARE TO DREAM
    • Uma Thurman – WAR WITH GRANDPA

Most Daring Performance Award

    • Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
    • Haley Bennett – SWALLOW
    • Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN
    • Elisabeth Moss – INVISIBLE MAN
    • Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award

    • THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
    • DOOLITTLE
    • REBECCA

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

    • Shia LeBoeuf for his ongoing abusive behavior
    • Christopher Nolan for insisting that TENET be screened exclusively in theaters during a pandemic.
    • Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey at Cinestate for sexual harassment and abuse, and cover up.

The winners of AWFJ’s 2020 EDA Awards will be announced on January 4, 2021.

A NOTE ABOUT THE SELECTION OF AWFJ’s 2020 EDA AWARD NOMINEES:

This year marks the 14th edition of AWFJ’s annual EDA Awards, and it has been a peculiarly topsy turvey year for the cinema community and for all of us who are part of it. Despite disruption pf film production and distribution due to pandemic pandemonium, 2020 has seen the release of an unusually high number of superb femme-helmed and femme-centric films. Throughout the year, AWFJ has recognized and promoted the pick of the crop in our ongoing Movie of the Week feature. And we are both proud and gratified that our 2020 EDA Awards nominees reflect AWFJ’s collective feminist spirit and perspective.

AWFJ’s annual EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender, but we are thrilled that in 2020 three female-directed films have emerged as our most nominated films. Even better, two of these and several other multi-nominated films tell stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds. In the lead is Chloe Zhoe’s NOMADLAND, garnering nine EDA nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Woman Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Woman Screenwriter and Best Editing for Chloe Zhao; Best Cinematography; and Best Actress, Grand Dame Award, and Most Daring Performance Award for Frances McDormand. Next, Regina King’s highly regarded ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI is honored with eight nominations in the “Best Of,” “Female Focus,” and “EDA Special Mention” categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Woman Director. And, third is Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN has six nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Woman Director, and Best Woman Screenwriter. Additionally, Fennell is nominated for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, along with Sophia Loren for her brilliant comeback and all of the Female Film Festival Directors who successfully transitioned from live to online events.

Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2020 EDA Awards nominees genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity — Jennifer Merin, President of AWJF

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS: AWFJ, a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices in the film community by broadening opportunities for women who write about film and supporting films by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. More information about AWFJ, including the membership list, can be accessed at www.awfj.org or sending inquiries to awfjinc@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EDA AWARDS: The AWFJ presents EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras. In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals, including Whistler Film Festival, IDFA, DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing member of AMPAS.

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