‘The Favourite’ rules the Alliance of Women Film Journalists movie awards with 11 nominations

The 84-member Alliance of Women Film Journalists – which includes me — have announced  their nominees for the 2018 AWFJ EDA Awards. The all-female group’s 12th annual awards once again salute the best – and some of the worst – in the world of film with 25 categories in three sections. There are the general Best of Awards, Female Focus Awards and EDA Special Mention Awards whose nominees are picked by those AWFJ members who send in a nominating ballot.

Which film ruled over the field of contenders? That would be that royal bitch stitch,“The Favourite,” with 11 nods, including Best Film as well as director, original screenplay, actress, two supporting actresses, ensemble, cinematography and editing. Three other titles had the second-most nominations with eight apiece: “Leave No Trace,” “Roma” and “Vice.” Meanwhile, “BlackKklansman,” “Black Panther” and  “If Beale Street Could Talk” came in third with five spots each.

But the AWFJ is best known not just for categories that cater to women, including a females-only director roster with 10 more-than-worthy standouts this year, but also ones that take some in the industry to task for poor choices, bad behavior and sexism in all its guises. The group also notably calls out well-regarded actresses who might want to change their agent given their questionable projects of late.

On an up note, there are a prizes for those glorious dames that defy age and ageism, the bravest performance by an actress and those ladies in seats of power who pay it forward and give other women a break. Come January 10, the winners will be announced. Check out this complete list and tell us what you think of AWFJ’s choices in the comment area.

As our website notes, “The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television 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. EDA is also an acronym for Excellent Dynamic Activism, qualities shared by Eda Reiss Merin, AWFJ members and those honored with EDA Awards.

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

BEST FILM
“BlacKkKlansman”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“Leave No Trace”
“Roma”
“Vice”

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”
Debra Granik , “Leave No Trace”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Adam McKay, “Vice”

BEST ACTRESS
Yalitza Aparacio  (“Roma”)
Glenn Close  (“The Wife”)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)
Viola Davis (“Widows”)
Lady Gaga (“ A Star Is Born”)
Melissa McCarthy  (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams (“ Vice”)
Claire Foy  (“First Man”)
Regina King  (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Thomasin McKenzie  (“Leave No Trace”)
Emma Stone  (“The Favourite”)
Rachel Weisz  (“The Favourite”)

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale (“Vice”)
Willem Dafoe  (At Eternity’s Gate”)
Ben Foster  (“Leave No Trace”)
Ethan Hawke  (“First Reformed”)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali (“ Green Book”)
Steve Carrell  (“ Vice”)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Hugh Grant  (“Paddington”)
Richard E Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Michael B Jordan (“Black Panther”)

BEST SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL
Bo Burnham (“Eighth Grade “)
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara (“The Favorite”)
Paul Schrader  (“First Reformed”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED
Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert (“Black Panther”)
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff White (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Audrey Wells (“The Hate U Give”)
Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Debra Granik, Anne Rossellini , “Leave No Trace”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Rachel Morrison (“Black Panther”)
Robbie Ryan (“The Favourite”)
Linus Sandgren  (“First Man”)
James Laxton (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Alfonso Cuaron, (“Roma”)

BEST EDITING
Debbie Berman, Michael P Shawver  (“Black Panther”)
Yorgos Mavropsaridis (“The Favourite”)
Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough (“Roma”)
Hank Corwin (“Vice”)
Joe Walker (Widows)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST – CASTING DIRECTOR
“Black Panther”  (Sarah Finn)
BlackKkKlansman”(Kim Coleman)
“Crazy Rich Asians” (Terry Taylor)
“The Favourite”  (Dixie Chassay)
“If Beale Street Could Talk (Cindy Tolan)
“Vice” (Francine Maisler”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Elizabeth Chai Vasarheliyi, Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”)
Amanda Kopp, Aaron Kopp (“Liyana”)
Julie Cohen, Betsy West (“RBG”)
Sandi Tan (“Shirkers”)
Tim Wardle (“Three Identical Strangers”)
Morgan Neville, (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor”)

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brad Bird, (“Incredibles 2”)
Wes Anderson (“Isle of Dogs”)
Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New (“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”)
Phil Johnson, Rick Moore (“Ralph Breaks the Internet”)
Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig (“Smallfoot”)
Bob Perischerri, Peter Ramsay, Rodney Rothman (“Spider-Man into the Spider-verse”)

BEST NON-ENGLISH-LANGUAGE FILM
“Burning” (Lee Chang-dong, Korea)
“Capernaum” (Nadine Labaki, Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland)
“Roma” (Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico)
“Shiplifters” (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

BEST WOMAN DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Chomko  (“What They Had”)
Debra Granik  (“Leave No Trace”)
Marielle Heller  (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Tamara Jenkins  (Private Life)
Karyn Kusama  (“Destroyer”)
Nadine Labaki  (“Capernaum”)
Rungano Nyoni   (“I Am Not a Witch”)
Sally Potter (“The Party”)
Lynn Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”)
Chloe Zhao  (“The Rider”)

BEST WOMAN SCREENWRITER
Diablo Cody  (Tully”)
Deborah Davis  (“The Favourite”)
Debra Granik, Anne Rossellini  (“Leave No Trace”)
Nicole Holofcener  (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”)
Lynne Ramsay  (“You Were Never Really Here”)
Audrey Wells  (“The Hate U Give”)
Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”)

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
Elastagirl, “Incredibles 2” (Holly Hunter)
Gwen Stacy, “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” ( Hailee Steinfeld)
Meechee, “Smallfoot,” (Zendaya)
Tracy Walker, “Isle of Dogs (Greta Gerwig)
Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”  (Sarah Silverman)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Yalitza Aparacio (“Roma”)
Elsie Fisher  (“Eighth Grade”)
KiKi Layne (“If Beale Street Could Talk”)
Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”)
Letitia Wright  (“Black Panther”)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVMENT BY A WOMAN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY
The 82 women who stood on the Palais des Festivals steps at the Cannes Film Festival to protest gender inequality in festival programming.

Ava DuVernay for hiring women filmmakers for “Queen Sugar” and other projects.

Megan Ellison for challenging the status quo and producing projects by unique and diverse voices.

Nicole Kidman for a banner year of performances in “Destroyer,” Boy Erased” and “Aquaman,” and for opening opportunity for women in production.

Rachel Morrison for paving the road for women cinematographers with her Oscar nomination for “Mudbound” and scoring as DP on “Black Panther.”

Shondra Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and all the women speaking out in the #MeToo movement.

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

ACTRESS DEFYING AGE AND AGEISM
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)
Viola Davis (“Widows”)
Nicole Kidman  (“Destroyer”)
Sissy Spacek  (“The Old Man & the Gun”)
Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith (“Tea With the Dames”)

BRAVEST PERFORMANCE
Toni Collette (“Heredity”)
Olivia Colman  (“The Favourite”)
Viola Davis  (“Widows”)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Charlize Theron (“Tully”)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“All About Nina”)

ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT
Anna Faris (“Overboard”)
Jennifer Garner (“ Peppermint”)
Dakota Johnson (“ Fifty Shades Freed”)
Jennifer Lawrence  (“Red Sparrow”)
Melissa McCarthy  (Everything except “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)
Amy Schumer (“ I Feel Pretty”)

MOST EGREGIOUS AGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LEAD AND THE LOVE INTEREST
“Mandy”  (Andrea Riseborough and Nicholas Cage)
“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise)
“Overboard” (Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez)
“Red Sparrow” (Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton)
“Siberia”  (Ana Ularu and Keanu Reeves)

REMAKE OR SEQUEL THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MADE
“Deathwish”
“Fifty Shades Freed”
“Overboard”
“The Predator”
“Robin Hood”

AWFJ HALL OF SHAME AWARD
Abusers Weinstein, Moonves, CK, Rush, Franco, Singer, Rose, Lauer, et al
“Fifty Shades Freed”
“The Happytime Murders”
“Red Sparrow”

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