Monday, 28 December 2015


The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its award nominees for 2015. Todd Haynes' Carol is way out in front with the AWFJ, pulling in an impressive nine nominations. But can it edge past award season frontrunners Mad Max: Fury Road and Spotlight to claim the prizes from this female-focused ensemble of journos? We'll find out when awards are announced on the 12th of January. Have a look at all their nominations below:

Best Film
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Best Director
Lenny Abrahamson (Room)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant)
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Best Actor
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)
Michael Shannon (99 Homes)
Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Screenplay, Original
Ronnie del Carmen, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out)
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Drew Goddard (The Martian)
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (The Big Short)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Best Cinematography
Edward Lachman (Carol)
Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant)
John Seale (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Editing
Hank Corwin (The Big Short)
Tom McArdle (Spotlight)
Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Film Music or Score
Carter Burwell (Carol)
Tom Holkenborg (Mad Max: Fury Road)
David Lang (Youth)
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Best Ensemble Cast
The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton

Best Animated Film
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Documentary
Amy (Asif Kapadia)
Best of Enemies (Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Alex Gibney)
The Hunting Ground (Kirby Dick)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus)

Best Non-English Language Film
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold)
Son of Saul (Nemes László)

EDA Female Focus Awards

Best Woman Director
Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive)
Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear)
Sarah Gavron (Suffragette)
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Céline Sciamma (Girlhood)

Best Woman Screenwriter
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Brie Larson (Room)
Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl / Ex Machina / Testament of Youth)

Best Female Action Star
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2)
Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Female Icon of the Year Award (a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference)
Chantal Akerman – In Memoriam for being a great filmmaker and inspiration
Maria Giese – activist filmmaker who is spearheading the movement for parity for women directors
Donna Langley – Chair(wo)man, Universal Pictures, who has brought the studio to unprecedented profits
Jennifer Lawrence – for breaking the silence about discriminatory practices and unequal pay for actresses
Charlotte Rampling – because she’s Charlotte Rampling and is iconic

EDA Special Mention Awards

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Helen Mirren
Charlotte Rampling
Lily Tomlin

Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Movie You Wanted to Love, but Just Couldn’t
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight

Actress Most in Need of a New Agent
Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Emma Stone (Aloha)

Most Egregious Age Difference between the Lead and the Love Interest
Katarina Cas and Al Pacino (Danny Collins)
Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux (Spectre)
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page (Freeheld)
Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (Irrational Man)