Tuesday, 12 January 2016


Kudos to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Their picks for the best in film of 2015 may not be game-changing fare, but they make some wise choices that set them out from the pack, choices like Charlotte Rampling for Best Actress in 45 Years, and Phyllis Nagy for Best Adapted Screenplay for Carol. Well deserved, ladies! Alas, Spotlight still takes top honours, but baby steps in the right direction are, at least, still in the right direction. Have a look at the AWFJ's nominations here, and their winners below:

AWFJ EDA 'Best Of' Awards

Best Film

Best Director (Female or Male)
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria)

Best Screenplay, Original
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Phyllis Nagy (Carol)

Best Cinematography
Edward Lachman (Carol)

Best Editing
Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road)

Best Film Music or Score
Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight)

Best Ensemble Cast

Best Animated Film
Inside Out (Ronnie del Carmen and Pete Docter)

Best Documentary
Amy (Asif Kapadia)

Best Non-English-Language Film
Son of Saul (Nemes Laszlo)

EDA Female Focus Awards

Best Woman Director
Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl)

Best Woman Screenwriter
Emma Donoghue (Room)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl / Ex Machina / Testament of Youth)

Best Female Action Star
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 an inspiration

EDA Special Mention Awards

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Charlotte Rampling
Lily Tomlin

Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction

Movie You Wanted to Love, but Just Couldn't
The Danish Girl

Actress Most in Need of a New Agent
Emma Stone (Aloha)

Most Egregious Age Difference between the Lead Character and the Love Interest
Katarina Cas (born 1976) and Al Pacino (born 1940) (Danny Collins)