Alliance of Women Film Journalists

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is a non-profit founded in 2006 and based out of New York City, United States, dedicated to supporting work by and about women in the film industry.[1] The AWFJ is composed of 76 professional female movie critics, journalist, and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media. The British Film Institute describes the AWFJ as an organization that collects articles by its (mainly US-based) members, gives annual awards, and "supports films by and about women".[2]

EDA Awards[edit]

Beginning in 2007, the group annually gives awards to the best (and worst) in film, as voted on by its members, these awards are called EDAs in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin's mother, actress Eda Reiss Merin. EDA is also an acronym for Excellent Dynamic Activism,[3] these awards have been reported on in recent years by number of mainstream media sources including TIME, USA Today, and Variety, and are also included in The New York Times' movie reviews awards lists.[4][5][6][7]

In 2007, AWFJ released a Top 100 Films List in response to the American Film Institute revision of their 100 Years, 100 Films list.[8] The AWFJ created their list to see if their members would come up with a substantially different list from AFI.

In addition to awards for achievement granted regardless of gender (Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Screenplay Adapted, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Film Music or Score, and Best Non-English-Language Film), there are also "EDA Female Focus Awards" (Best Woman Director, Best Woman Screenwriter, Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star, Best Animated Female, Best Breakthrough Performance, Best Newcomer, Women's Image Award, Hanging in There Award for Persistence, Actress Defying Age and Agism, Lifetime Achievement Award, Award for Humanitarian Activism, Female Icon Award, and This Year's Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry) and "EDA Special Mention Awards" (Hall of Shame Award, Actress Most in Need of a New Agent, Movie You Wanted to Love But Just Couldn't, Unforgettable Moment Award, Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction, Most Egregious Age Difference Between Leading Man and Love Interest, Bravest Performance Award, Best Leap from Actress to Director Award, Cultural Crossover Award, Sequel or Remake That Shouldn't Have Been Made Award, and Best of the Fests).[9]

EDA Annual Achievement Awards[edit]

Table key
Award winner Indicates the winner
Year Category Nominee Ref.
Best Film No Country for Old MenAward winner [10][11]
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
Best Director Coen BrothersNo Country for Old MenAward winner
Sean PennInto the Wild
Sarah PolleyAway from Her
Julian SchnabelThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Original Screenplay JunoDiablo CodyAward winner
Lars and the Real GirlNancy Oliver
Michael ClaytonTony Gilroy
The SavagesTamara Jenkins
Best Screenplay Adapted Away from Her – Sarah PolleyAward winner
AtonementChristopher Hampton
The Diving Bell and the ButterflyRonald Harwood
No Country for Old MenJoel Cohen and Ethan Cohen
PersepolisMarjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Best Documentary No End in SightCharles FergusonAward winner
The Cats of MirikitaniLinda Hattendorf
My Kid Could Paint ThatAmir Bar-Lev
SickoMichael Moore
Best Actress Julie ChristieAway from HerAward winner
Marion CotillardLa Vie en rose
Laura LinneyThe Savages
Ellen PageJuno
Best Actress in Supporting Role Amy RyanGone Baby GoneAward winner
Cate BlanchettI'm Not There
Jennifer Jason LeighMargot at the Wedding
Emily MortimerLars and the Real Girl
Tilda SwintonMichael Clayton
Best Actor Daniel Day LewisThere Will Be BloodAward winner
Johnny DeppSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee JonesIn the Valley of Elah
Viggo MortensenEastern Promises
Best Actor in Supporting Role Tom WilkinsonMichael ClaytonAward winner
Casey AffleckThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier BardemNo Country for Old Men
Hal HolbrookInto the Wild
Best Ensemble Cast JunoAward winner
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Michael Clayton
Talk to Me
Best Editing The Diving Bell and the ButterflyJuliette WelflingAward winner
AtonementPaul Tothill
I'm Not ThereJay Rabinowitz
No Country for Old MenRoderick Jaynes
Best Foreign Film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Julian SchnabelAward winner
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 DaysCristian Mungiu
Golden DoorEmanuele Crialese
Lust, CautionAng Lee
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
Best Film Slumdog MillionaireAward winner [12][13]
Best Director Danny BoyleSlumdog MillionaireAward winner
Mike LeighHappy-Go-Lucky
Gus Van SantMilk
Best Screenplay, Original WALL-EAndrew Stanton, Peter Docter, and Jim ReardonAward winner
BallastLance Hammer
Frozen RiverCourtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky – Mike Leigh
The VisitorTom McCarthy
Best Screenplay, Adapted Frost/NixonPeter MorganAward winner
The ReaderDavid Hare
Slumdog MillionaireSimon Beaufoy
Best Documentary Man on WireJames MarshAward winner (tie)
Trouble the WaterTia Lessin and Carl DealAward winner (tie)
Standard Operating ProcedureErrol Morris
Best Actress Sally HawkinsHappy-Go-LuckyAward winner (tie)
Kate WinsletThe Reader and Revolutionary RoadAward winner (tie)
Meryl StreepDoubt
Michelle WilliamsWendy and Lucy
Best Actress in Supporting Role Viola DavisDoubtAward winner
Penelope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona
Taraji P. HensonThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Best Actor Sean Penn – MilkAward winner
Richard JenkinsThe Visitor
Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler
Best Actor in Supporting Role Heath LedgerThe Dark KnightAward winner
Robert Downey Jr.Tropic Thunder
Eddie MarsanHappy-Go-Lucky
Best Ensemble Cast Rachel Getting MarriedAward winner
A Christmas Tale
Best Editing The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonKirk Baxter and Angus WallAward winner
Frost/NixonDaniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill
Shine a LightDavid Tedeschi
Best Foreign Film Tell No OneGuillaume CanetAward winner
A Christmas TaleArnaud Desplechin
I've Loved You So Longhilippe Claudel

EDA Female Focus Awards[edit]

Table key
Award winner Indicates the winner
Year Category Nominee Ref.
Best Woman Director Sarah Polley – Away from HerAward winner [10][11]
Tamara JenkinsThe Savages
Kasi LemmonsTalk to Me
Mira NairThe Namesake
Best Woman Screenwriter Tamara Jenkins – The SavagesAward winner
Diablo Cody – Juno
Sarah Polley – Away from Her
Adrienne ShellyWaitress
Best Breakthrough Performance Ellen Page – JunoAward winner
Amy AdamsEnchanted
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Keri RussellWaitress and August Rush
Best Newcomer Saoirse RonanAtonementAward winner
Nikki BlonskyHairspray
Tang WeiLust, Caution
Luisa WilliamsDay Night Day Night
Women’s Image Award Sarah PolleyAward winner
Jodie Foster
Laura Linney
Adrienne Shelly
Hanging in There Award for Persistence Ruby DeeAward winner
Anne Sundberg and Ricki SternThe Devil Came on Horseback
Actress Defying Age and Ageism Julie ChristieAward winner
Brenda Blethyn
Vanessa Redgrave
Meryl Streep
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in 2007 Kathleen Kennedy, ProducerThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly and PersepolisAward winner
Sarah Polley
Adrienne Shelly
Lifetime Achievement Award Julie ChristieAward winner
Mia Farrow
Vanessa Redgrave
Adrienne Shelly
AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism Angelina JolieAward winner
Ruby Dee
Mia Farrow
Susan Sarandon
Best Woman Director Courtney Hunt – Frozen RiverAward winner [12][13]
Isabel CoixetElegy
Kimberly PeirceStop-Loss
Kelly ReichardtWendy and Lucy
Best Woman Screenwriter Jenny LumetRachel Getting MarriedAward winner
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Kelly Reichardt – Wendy and Lucy'
Best Breakthrough Performance Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-LuckyAward winner
Rebecca HallVicky Christina Barcelona
Melissa LeoFrozen River
Best Newcomer Misty UphamFrozen RiverAward winner
Zoe KazanRevolutionary Road
David KrossThe Reader
Women’s Image Award Kristin Scott ThomasAward winner
Meryl Streep
Emma Thompson
Hanging in There Award for Persistence Melissa Leo – Frozen RiverAward winner
Courtney Hunt
Ellen Kuras
Kristin Scott Thomas
Actress Defying Age and Ageism Catherine DeneuveA Christmas TaleAward winner
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey
2008 Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry Sheila Nevins – Producing/Programming at HBOAward winner
Kathleen Kennedy – Producer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Kate Winslet – for her performances in The Reader and Revolutionary Road
Lifetime Achievement Award Catherine DeneuveAward winner
Dame Judi Dench
Meryl Streep
Award for Humanitarian Activism All of the Women in Pray the Devil Back to HellAward winner
Angelina Jolie
Courtney Hunt

EDA Special Mention Awards[edit]

Table key
Award winner Indicates the winner
Year Category Nominee Ref.
AWFJ Hall of Shame Award "Norbit"Award winner [10][11]
"Black Snake Moan"
"The Nanny Diaries"
"Wild Hogs"
Actress Most in Need of a New Agent Hilary SwankAward winner
Halle Berry
Nicole Kidman
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Movie You Wanted to Love But Just Couldn’t "Margot at the Wedding"Award winner
"Georgia Rule"
"Reservation Road"
Best of the Fests "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days"Award winner
"Black Sheep" (special mention)
"Four Sheets to the Wind" (special mention)
"Grbavica: Land of My Dreams" (special mention)
"Never Forever" (special mention)
"Red Road" (special mention)
"Secret Sunshine" (special mention)
"The Cake Eaters"
"Darius Goes West: The Roll of his Life"
"Day Zero"
"Out of Time"
"Sweet Mud"
Unforgettable Moment Award Eastern Promises – Viggo Mortensen's full frontalAward winner
"The Host" – Tracking shot of monsters appearing
"Golden Door" – Emigrants swimming in milk
"Into the Wild" – Emile Hirsch's dying scene
Best Depiction of Nudity or Sexuality Eastern Promises – Viggo MortensenAward winner
AtonementKiera Knightly
Before the Devil Knows You're DeadMarisa Tomei/Philip Seymour Hoffman
Lust, Caution – Tang Wei
Best Seduction Atonement – Keira Knightly and James McAvoyAward winner (tie)
The NamesakeTabu and Irrfan KhanAward winner (tie)
Juno – Ellen Page and Michael Cera
Waitress – Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion
Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award Shrek the ThirdAward winner
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Rush Hour 3
Spider-Man 3
Cultural Crossover Award "Persepolis"Award winner
"The Namesake"
"Killer of Sheep"
Bravest Performance Award Julie Christe – Away from HerAward winner
Kate DickieRed Road
Jodie Foster – The Brave One
Best Leap from Actress to Director Award Sarah PolleyAward winner
Kasi Lemmons
Julie Delpy
Adrienne Shelly
Most Egregious Age Difference between Leading Man and Love Interest Award Robin Wright Penn and Anthony Hopkins – "Beowulf"Award winner
Tea Leone and Ben Kingsley – "You Kill Me"


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