Friday, 23 December 2011

ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS NOMINATIONS


Best Picture
·         The Artist
·         The Descendants
·         Hugo
·         Melancholia
·         Midnight in Paris
Best Director
·         Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
·         Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
·         Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
·         Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
·         Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
·         George Clooney (The Descendants)
·         Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
·         Michael Fassbender (Shame)
·         Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
·         Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
·         Viola Davis (The Help)
·         Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
·         Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
·         Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
·         Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
·         Albert Brooks (Drive)
·         Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
·         Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
·         Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
·         Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)
·         Jessica Chastain (The Help)
·         Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
·         Carey Mulligan (Shame)
·         Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Best Original Screenplay
·         Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
·         Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
·         Thomas McCarthy (Win Win)
·         Mike Mills (Beginners)
·         Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Best Adapted Screenplay
·         Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
·         Rory Kinnear and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         John Logan (Hugo)
·         Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
·         Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball)
Best Cinematography
·         Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia)
·         Janusz Kaminski (War Horse)
·         Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
·         Robert Richardson (Hugo)
·         Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Best Editing
·         Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
·         Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
·         Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa (The Tree of Life)
·         Michael Kahn (War Horse)
·         Thelma Schoonmaker (Hugo)
Best Film Music or Score
·         Ludovic Bource (The Artist)
·         Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
·         Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons (Hanna)
Best Ensemble Cast
·         Bridesmaids
·         The Descendants
·         The Help
·         Margin Call
·         Midnight in Paris
Best Animated Film
·         The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
·         Arthur Christmas
·         Kung Fu Panda 2
·         Puss in Boots
·         Rango
Best Documentary
·         Bill Cunningham New York
·         Buck
·         Cave of Forgotten Dreams
·         The Interrupters
·         Pina
·         Project Nim
Best Foreign Language Film
·         Le Havre
·         Pina
·         A Separation
·         The Skin I Live In
·         Trollhunter

More nominations after the jump.



Female Focus Awards
Best Woman Director
·         Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground)
·         Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Dee Rees (Pariah)
·         Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff)
·         Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Best Woman Screenwriter
·         Diablo Cody (Young Adult)
·         Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady)
·         Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
·         Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Dee Rees (Pariah)
Best Breakthrough Performance
·         Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life)
·         Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
·         Adepero Oduye (Pariah)
·         Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
·         Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Animated Female
·         Emily Blunt (Gnomeo & Juliet)
·         Isla Fisher (Rango)
·         Anne Hathaway (Rio)
·         Salma Hayek (Puss in Boots)
·         Angelina Jolie (Kung Fu Panda 2)
Kick-Ass Award for Best Female Action Star
·         Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
·         Helen Mirren (The Debt)
·         Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol)
·         Saoirse Ronan (Hanna)
·         Zoe Saldana (Colombiana)
Actress Defying Age and Ageism
·         Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
·         Judi Dench (J. Edgar)
·         Helen Mirren (The Debt)
·         Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus)
·         Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Humanitarian Activism Award
·         Sandra Bullock (for tsunami relief)
·         Elaine Hendrix (for Animal Rescue Corps and In Defence of Animals)
·         Angelina Jolie (for UN work and making In the Land of Blood and Honey to raise awareness about genocide)
·         Elizabeth Taylor (for her work with AIDS)
·         Olivia Wilde (for relief work in Haiti)
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
·         Jessica Chastain (The Debt / The Help / Take Shelter / The Tree of Life)
·         Thelma Schoonmaker (Hugo)
·         Stacey Snider (for helming Dreamworks)
·         Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)
Female Icon Award
·         Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
·         Viola Davis (The Help)
·         Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Special Mention Awards
Unforgettable Moment Award
·         The Artist (the sound of glass clinking on the table)
·         Drive (the elevator scene)
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Lisbeth’s revenge)
·         The Help (the pie scene)
·         Shame (Carey Mulligan singing New York, New York)
Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction
·         A Dangerous Method (Carl Jung spanks Sabina Spielrein)
·         The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Lisbeth mounts Mikael)
·         Melancholia (Justine in the moonlight)
·         Shame (Brandon with co-worker)
·         Shame (opening sequence on the subway train)
Movie You Wanted to Love but Just Couldn’t
·         Drive
·         The Future
·         Sucker Punch
·         Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
·         Young Adult
Sequel or Remake that Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
·         Arthur
·         Cars 2
·         The Hangover Part II
·         Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
·         Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Actress Most in Need of a New Agent
·         All the actresses in New Year’s Eve
·         Jennifer Aniston
·         Kate Hudson
·         Sarah Jessica Parker
·         Amanda Seyfried
Most Egregious Age Difference
·         Bella (18) and Edward (over 100) (Breaking Dawn – Part 1)
·         Emily Browning (23) and Peter Carroll (43), Chris Haywood (63) and Hugh Keays-Byrne (64) (Sleeping Beauty)
·         Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasikowska (22) (Albert Nobbs)
·         Daniel Craig (43) and Rooney Mara (26) (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
·         Léa Seydoux (26) and Owen Wilson (43) (Midnight in Paris)
Hall of Shame Award
·         The Hollywood Reporter (for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable)
·         I Melt with You
·         Jack and Jill
·         Something Borrowed
·         Sucker Punch

A few things...

- Kudos to the AWFJ for nominating Melancholia, not only for Best Picture, Actress and Cinematography, but for Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction. Remember when the Women Film Critics Circle gave it the Worst Female Images award? It proves a point – WFCC, the AWFJ is bigger and better than you.
- The Most Egregious Age Difference award – isn’t that supposed to be between a man and a woman? Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs hardly counts. And this category seems to be missing the point with including Sleeping Beauty. And 26 – 43 is hardly that bad. Plus, it’s all to do with context, particularly in Lisbeth and Mikael’s case.
- Nominating Drive for Movie You Wanted to Love but Just Couldn’t, but also for Unforgettable Moment is strange, but perhaps a little understandable. I don’t agree, though.
- Bad, bad Hollywood Reporter. Not inviting any women to join the Directors Roundtable. Kinda reminiscent of that time when the AWFJ failed to nominate any female directors for its main Best Director category, don’t you think?
With all that off my chest, this isn't a bad slate of nominees. Might have liked to see Glenn Close nominated in the main Best Actress category, particularly as Janet McTeer (although deserved of her nomination) has been included, but I'm pleased to see Alan Rickman, Andy Serkis and Carey Mulligan there. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues to fail to picks up as much heat as I had once expected, although the critics haven't quite embraced it as I had also expected. Still, it might have been nice to see such an important female character as Lisbeth Salander recognised with a Best Actress nomination for her actress, although with this and Close, maybe I'm asking too much.
Also, there will be no Outstanding Achievement or Female Icon awards handed out this year, as they are only given in years in which they have been warranted. Apparently, Glenn Close, Viola Davis and Meryl Streep aren't quite iconic enough.