2021 EDA Award Winners

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 AWFJ EDA Awards. In our 145th 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. This season, there were 98 voting AWFJ members. The full membership list is accessible here. The roster of nominees in all categories is accessible here.

And the 2021 EDA Award winners are:
 
 
AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS
These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film

  • THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Director

  • Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Screenplay, Original

  • BELFAST – Kenneth Branagh

Best Screenplay, Adapted

  • THE POWER OF THE DOG – Jane Campion

Best Documentary (tie)

  • FLEE
  • SUMMER OF SOUL

Best Animated Film (tie)

  • ENCANTO
  • THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINE

Best Actress

  • Olivia Colman – THE LOST DAUGHTER

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kirsten Dunst – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Kodi Smit-McFee – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

  • THE POWER OF THE DOG – Nikki Barrett, Tina Cleary, Carmen Cuba, Nina Gold

Best Cinematography

  • THE POWER OF THE DOG – Ari Wegner

Best Editing

  • THE POWER OF THE DOG – Peter Sciberras

Best Non-English-Language Film

  • DRIVE MY CAR – Japan

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only, excluding women who’ve won the same category in the Best of Awards.

Best Woman Director

  • Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Woman Screenwriter

  • Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Animated Female

  • Mirabel in ENCANTO, Stephanie Beatriz

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance

  • Emilia Jones – CODA

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry

  • Maya Cade – Creation of the Black Cinema Archive

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Grand Dame Award for defying agism.

  • Dame Judi Dench – BELFAST

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award

  • NO TIME TO DIE – Daniel Craig (53) and Lea Seydoux (36)

She Deserves A New Agent Award

  • Melissa McCarthy – THE STARLING

Most Daring Performance Award

  • Agatha Rouselle – TITANE

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award

  • SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

  • Producers and crew of RUST for not following proper safety protocol and causing the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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