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EDA Awards Honor Women Directors and Writers, Names Actresses Who Need New Agents

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood December 13, 2013 at 1:30PM

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their Best-of-2013 list.
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Cameron Diaz in 'The Counselor'
Cameron Diaz in 'The Counselor'

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, in which our own Melissa Silverstein is a member, has announced their Best-of-2013 list

The big takeaway? Female critics have more or less the same tastes as their male counterparts, a fact that makes these numbers totally outrageous. A few categories, like the Best Film and Best Director categories, have no women nominees at all. The only non-actress group to be dominated by women is Best Documentary, in which three of the five selections are from female filmmakers. 

But, of course, the thrill of the AWFJ results are the Special Mentions, which include fun but important categories like Best Actress Defying Age and Agism, the Kick Ass Award for Best Female Action Star, and the Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest Award. (It feels like Tom Cruise is a lock for this prize every year that he makes a movie, no? Maybe they should give him a Lifetime Achievement award for it next year.)

The AWFJ picks are in three parts: the "Best Of" categories, the Female Focus awards, and the Special Mentions: 


AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS

BEST SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL

Enough Said - Nicole Holofcener


BEST DOCUMENTARY

After Tiller - Martha Shane and Lana Wilson

Blackfish - Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Stories We Tell - Sarah Polley

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Frozen - Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck


BEST 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

Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine

Scarlett Johanson - Her

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels' The Butler


BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

12 Years A Slave

American Hustle

August: Osage County

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Nebraska


BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM

Wadjda - Haifaa Al-Mansour - Saudi Arabia


EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDSThese 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 PERFORMANCE

Brie Larson, Short Term 12

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years A Slave

Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now


ACTRESS DEFYING 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


MOVIE YOU WANTED TO LOVE BUT JUST COULDN'T AWARD

All is Lost

Blue Is The Warmest Color

The Counselor


UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT AWARD (SPOILERS)

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 (SPOILERS)

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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