Wednesday, 10 December 2014


I'll say this much in favour of the Women Film Critics Circle: they're women working in a male-dominated industry, striving to assert their integrity as individual journalists and their collective validity as such. And that's all I'll say in their favour, because that's all I can say in their favour. Here are their nominations, for which the winners will be announced... who cares?

Best Actor
Tom Hardy (Locke)
Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Jeremy Renner (Kill the Messenger)

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
Carol Kane (Clutter)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Kristen Stewart (Camp X-Ray)

Best Movie about Women
Camp X-Ray
The Homesman
Still Alice
Two Days, One Night

Best Movie by a Woman
The Babadook
The Pretty One

Best Foreign Film by or about Women
Two Days, One Night
We Are the Best!
Zero Motivation

Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or about Women
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

Best Young Actress
Mira Grosin (We Are the Best!)
Lorelei Linklater (Boyhood)
Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)

Best Comedic Actress
Anna Kendrick (Happy Christmas)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey)
Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins)

Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida)
Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child)
Misan Sagay (Belle)

Women’s Work / Best Ensemble
The Homesman
Two Days, One Night
We Are the Best!
Zero Motivation

Best Female Images in a Movie
Lucky Them
Obvious Child
A Thousand Times Good Night

Best Male Images in a Movie
Cesar Chavez
The Homesman
Kill the Messenger
Love Is Strange

Worst Female Images in a Movie
Gone Girl
Sex Tape
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Worst Male Images in a Movie
Bad Words
Big Eyes
Dumb and Dumber To
Listen Up Philip

Special Mention Awards

Best Documentary by or about Women
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Best Screen Couple
Elsa & Fred
Obvious Child
The Skeleton Twins

Best Line in a Movie
“Stop whining! Woman up!” (Big Hero 6)

Adrienne Shelley Award (for a film that most passionately opposes violence against women)
Private Violence

Courage in Acting (taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen)
Carla Juri (Wetlands)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Hilary Swank (The Homesman)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Courage in Filmmaking

The Invisible Woman Award (performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Hilary Swank (The Homesman)

Josephine Baker Award (for best expressing the women of colour experience in America)
The Maid’s Room

Karen Morley Award (for best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity)
Big Eyes

A Woman’s Right to Male Roles in Movies
Jessica Chastain (Interstellar)

Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award
Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac)

Just Kidding Awards

Merry Macho Award
James Franco and Seth Rogen (The Interview)