Monday, 7 December 2015


Don't ask when the Women Film Critics Circle announces its awards. In fact, don't ask anything about them. Somehow, this slate isn't half as obnoxious as the WFCC's selection often is, but not that I'm about to lobby to join or anything. Pleased to see Alicia Vikander nominated for her very fine performance in Testament of Youth in particular.

Best Actor
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Andrew Garfield (99 Homes)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Alicia Vikander (Testament of Youth)

Best Movie About Women
The Keeping Room

Best Movie by a Woman
Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang)
Sarah Gavron (Suffragette)
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Anna Muylaert (The Second Mother)

Best Young Actress
Dakota Fanning (Effie Gray)
Brie Larson (Room)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Comedic Actress
Greta Gerwig (Mistress America)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour (Mustang)
Abi Morgan (Suffragette)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Women’s Work / Best Ensemble
The Second Mother

Best Foreign Film by or about Women
The Second Mother

Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or about Women
The Book of Negroes
The Dressmaker
Sworn Virgin

Best Female Images in a Movie
Mad Max: Fury Road
Testament of Youth

Best Male Images in a Movie
Bridge of Spies
Lady in the Van
Mr. Holmes

Worst Female Images in a Movie
Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

Worst Male Images in a Movie
The Big Short
Magic Mike XXL
Steve Jobs

Special Mention Awards

Best Documentary by or About Women
He Named Me Malala
India’s Daughter
What Happened, Miss Simone?

Best Female Action Hero
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Brit Marling (The Keeping Room)
Carey Mulligan (Suffragette)
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Screen Couple
Iris Apfel and Albert Maysles (Iris)
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)
Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay (Room)
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page (Freeheld)

Courage in Filmmaking
Sarah Gavron (Suffragette)
Angelina Jolie (By the Sea)

Courage in Acting (Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen)
Brie Larson (Room)
Julianne Moore (Freeheld)

The Invisible Woman Award (Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored)
Julianne Moore (Freeheld)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Adrienne Shelly Award (For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women)
He Named Me Malala
India’s Daughter

Josephine Baker Award (for best expressing the woman of colour experience in America)
Muna Otaru (The Keeping Room)
What Happened, Miss Simone?

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

Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award
Cate Blanchett (Cinderella)
Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)