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AWFJ Nominations: Women Journalists Pick the Best of This Year’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists headed by Jennifer Merin.  In addition to the usual assortment of awards, we also honor the contributions of women who make films and films that illuminate the experience of being a woman.  We also point out film-makers whose films insult or demean women.  Here are our nominees.

BEST FILM

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR (Female or Male)

Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle

enough-saidBEST SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL

American Hustle – David O. Russell
Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
Her – Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel and Ethan Cohen
Nebraska – Bob Nelson

BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena
Daniel Cretton – Short Term 12
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
After Tiller – Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
20 Feet From Stardom – Morgan Neville
Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Croods – Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders
Despicable Me 2 – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Frozen – Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki

GRAVITYBEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

american hustle jennifer lawrenceSally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johanson – Her
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST ACTOR

Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Joachin Phoenix – Her
Robert Redford – All is Lost

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bobby Cannavale – Blue Jasmine
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte – Nebraska

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Nebraska

BEST EDITING

12 Years a Slave – Joe Walker
American Hustle – Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse
Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
Rush – Anthony Dodd Mantle

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbit
All is Lost – Frank G. DeMarco and Peter Zuccarini
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners – Roger Deakins

BEST MUSIC OR SCORE

12 Years A Slave – Hans Zimmer
Gravity – Steve Price
Inside Llewyn Davis – T-Bone Burnett
Her – Arcade Fire
Nebraska – Mark Orton

BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM

Blue Is The Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche – France
The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai – Hong Kong
The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg – Denmark
The Past – Asghar Farhadi – Iran
Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour – Saudi Arabia

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

BEST WOMAN DIRECTOR

Lake Bell – In A World
Gabriele Cowperthwaite – Blackfish
Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
Jennifer Lee – Frozen
Sarah Polley – Stories We Tell

BEST WOMAN SCREENWRITER

Lake Bell – In A World
Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
Jennifer Lee – Frozen
Sarah Polley – Stories We Tell

KICK ASS AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE ACTION STAR

Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick Ass 2

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE

Anna (Kristen Bell) in Frozen
Eep (Emma Stone) in The Croods
Elsa (Idina Menzel) in Frozen

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCEshort term 12 poster

Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

ACTRESS DEFYIG AGE AND AGISM

Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

AWFJ FEMALE ICON AWARD

(Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.)

Sandra Bullock for the strong, capable and very positive female image presented in ‘Gravity’

Angelina Jolie for continued commitments to humanitarian causes, and for promoting awareness about breast cancer.

Jennifer Lawrence for ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ and for handling her high degree of celebrity extremely well.

THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT By A Woman In The Film Industry

(Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)

Haaifa Al-Mansour for challenging the limitations placed on women within her culture.

Cheryl Boone Isaac for becoming President of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Jahane Noujaim for risking life and limb to document the Egyptian revolution in ‘The Square’

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

AWFJ HALL OF SHAME AWARD

The Counselor – Ridley Scott
Grown Ups 2 – Dennis Dugan
Movie 43 – Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Dundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gun, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken, Bob Odenkirk

ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT

Cameron Diaz, The Counselor
Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgins, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine – Spring Breakers
Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief, The Heat

MOVE YOU WANTED TO LOVE but Just Couldn’t Award

All is Lost
Blue Is The Warmest Color
The Counselor

UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT AWARD

Gravity – George Clooney reappears
12 Years A Slave – Patsy pleads for soap
Her – Phone sex sequences
Nebraska – “That’s not my air compressor”
12 Years A Slave – Solomon hanging

BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY, SEXUALITY, OR SEDUCTION AWARD

Blue Is The Warmest Color Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos
Her Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix
The Spectacular Now – Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller

SEQUEL OR REMAKE THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MADE AWARD

Carrie
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover
Kick Ass
Oz, Great and Powerful

MOST EGREGIOUS AGE DIFFERENCE Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award

August: Osage County – Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin
The Invisible Women – Ralph Feinnes and Felicity Jones
Last Vegas – Michael Douglas and Bree Blair
The Lifeguard – Kristen Bell and David Lambert
Oblivion – Tom Cruise and Andrea Reisborough/Olga Kurylenko



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