2021 EDA AWARDS NOMINEES

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In our 15th 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.

Competition is particularly tight this year, and we are especially pleased to see our EDA Award nominations dominated by women filmmakers in all major craft categories, and not just those in the FEMALE FOCUS section.

Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG tops the list with a total of 12 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and bests in acting and craft categories.

PASSING is second with nine nominations and THE LOST DAUGHTER and BELFAST are tied for third place, each with eight nominations.

Additionally, in our SPECIAL EDA AWARDS section, Dame Judi Dench, Ms Rita Moreno and Dame Diana Rigg are vying for the Grand Dame Award, while Amy Adams, Melissa McCarthy and Chloe Grace Moretz are nominated for the cheeky She Deserves a New Agent Award.

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
• BELFAST
• LICORICE PIZZA
• THE LOST DAUGHTER
• PASSING
• THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Director
• Paul Thomas Anderson for LICORICE PIZZA
• Kenneth Branagh for BELFAST
• Jane Campion for THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Maggie Gyllenhaal for THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Rebecca Hall for PASSING

Best Screenplay, Original
• BEING THE RICARDOS – Aaron Sorkin
• BELFAST – Kenneth Branagh
• DON’T LOOK UP – Adam McKay
• LICORICE PIZZA – Paul Thomas Anderson
• MASS – Fran Kranz

Best Screenplay, Adapted
• CODA – Sian Heder
• DUNE – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth
• THE LOST DAUGHTER – Maggie Gyllenhaal
• PASSING – Rebecca Hall
• THE POWER OF THE DOG – Jane Campion

Best Documentary
• ASCENSION
• FLEE
• JULIA
• SUMMER OF SOUL
• VAL

Best Animated Film
• ENCANTO
• FLEE
• LUCA
• THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINE
• RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

Best Actress
• Jessica Chastain – THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE
• Olivia Colman – THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Lady Gaga – THE HOUSE OF GUCCI
• Kristen Stewart – SPENCER
• Tessa Thompson – PASSING

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
• Jessie Buckley – THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Ann Dowd – MASS
• Kirsten Dunst – THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Aunjanue Ellis – KING RICHARD
• Ruth Negga – PASSING

Best Actor
• Benedict Cumberbatch – THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Peter Dinklage – CYRANO
• Andrew Garfield – TICK, TICK…BOOM!
• Will Smith – KING RICHARD
• Denzel Washington – THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
• Jamie Dornan – BELFAST
• Troy Kostur – CODA
• Ciaran Hinds – BELFAST
• Jesse Plemons – THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Kodi Smit-McPhee – THE POWER OF THE DOG

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director
• BELFAST – Lucy Bevan, Emily Brockmann
• THE FRENCH DISPATCH – Douglas Aibel, Antoinette Boulat
• THE HARDER THEY FALL – Victoria Thomas
• KING RICHARD – Rich Delia, Avy Kaufman
• THE POWER OF THE DOG – Nikki Barrett, Tina Cleary, Carmen Cuba, Nina Gold

Best Cinematography
• BELFAST – Haris Zambarloukos
• DUNE – Greig Fraser
• PASSING – Eduard Grau
• THE POWER OF THE DOG – Ari Wegner
• THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – Bruno Delbonnel

Best Editing
• BELFAST – Una Ni Dhonghalle
• DON’T LOOK UP – Hank Corwin
• DUNE – Joe Walker
• THE POWER OF THE DOG – Peter Sciberras
• WEST SIDE STORY – Sarah Broshar, Michael Kahn

Best Non-English-Language Film
• DRIVE MY CAR
• FLEE
• A HERO
• I’M YOUR MAN
• TITANE

FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
• Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Julia Ducournau – TITANE
• Maggie Gyllenhaal – THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Rebecca Hall – PASSING
• Sian Heder – CODA

Best Woman Screenwriter
• Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG
• Maggie Gyllenhaal – THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Rebecca Hall – PASSING
• Sian Heder – CODA
• Maria Schrader – I’M YOUR MAN

Best Animated Female
• Mirabel, Stephanie Beatriz in ENCANTO
• Katie, Abbi Jacobsen in THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINE
• Raya, Kelly Marie Tran in RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
• Giulia, Emma Berman in LUCA
• Sisu, Awkwafina in RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance
• Ariana DeBose in WEST SIDE STORY
• Alana Haim in LICORICE PIZZA
• Emilia Jones in CODA
• Renate Reinsve in THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
• Rachel Zegler in WEST SIDE STORY

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry
• Victoria Alonzo for her achievements at Marvel Studios
• Maya Cade for establishing the Black Film Archive
• Anna Serner for 20 years of female forward work at the Swedish Film Institute

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Grand Dame Award for defying agism
• Dame Judi Dench
• Ms. Rita Moreno
• Dame Diana Rigg

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award
• THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD: Salma Hayek and Samuel L Jackson (21 years)
• LICORICE PIZZA: Alaina Haim and Cooper Hoffman (10 years)
• THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK: Ray Liotta and Michela DeRossi (38 years)
• NO TIME TO DIE: – Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux (17 years)
• RED ROCKET: Simon Rex and Suzanna Son (21 years)

She Deserves A New Agent Award
• Amy Adams for THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and DEAR EVAN HANSEN
• Melissa McCarthy for THE STARLING
• Chloe Grace Moretz for TOM AND JERRY

Most Daring Performance Award
• Sandra Bullock, THE UNFORGIVABLE
• Olivia Colman for THE LOST DAUGHTER
• Ruth Negga for PASSING
• Renate Reinsve for THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
• Agatha Rouselle for TITANE

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award
• THE BOSS BABY: THE FAMILY BUSINESS
• CRUELLA
• GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
• SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
• TOM AND JERRY

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
• Gina Carano, Nicki Minaj and Letitia Wright for using celeb status for antivax propaganda
• Producers and crew of RUST for not following proper safety protocol and causing the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
• Warner Bros for contributing to Mel Gibson’s resurgence by hiring him to direct LETHAL WESPON 5.

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 IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, 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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