Saturday, 17 December 2016


Two journalist associations comprised solely of women announce year-end film awards each year - the Women's Film Critics Circle and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. The latter is superior to an unfathomable degree. Here are their 2016 nominations in their Best Of, Female Focus and Special Mention fields.

AWFJ Best Of Awards

Best Film
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
David MacKenzie (Hell or High Water)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Best Actress
Amy Adams (Arrival)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)
Emma Stone (La La Land)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Joel Edgerton (Loving)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Tom Hanks (Sully)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Fences)
Greta Gerwig (20th Century Women)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Screenplay, Original
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen (Hail, Caesar!)
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
Mike Mills (20th Century Women)
Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water)

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Luke Davies (Lion)
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)
Eric Heisserer (Arrival)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship)

Best Cinematography
James Laxton (Moonlight)
Jody Lee Lipes (Manchester by the Sea)
Giles Nuttgens (Hell or High Water)
Linus Sandgren (La La Land)
Bradford Young (Arrival)

Best Editing
Tom Cross (La La Land)
Jennifer Lame (Manchester by the Sea)
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders (Moonlight)
Alexandra Strauss (I Am Not Your Negro)
Joe Walker (Arrival)

Best Ensemble Cast - Casting Director
Douglas Aibel (Manchester by the Sea)
Mark Bennett and Laura Rosenthal (20th Century Women)
Jo Edna Boldin and Richard Hicks (Hell or High Water)
Ellen Chenoweth (Hail, Caesar!)
Yesi Ramirez (Moonlight)

Best Animated Film
Finding Dory (Angus MacLane and Andrew Stanton)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight)
Moana (Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams)
Zootopia (Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Rich Moore)

Best Documentary
13th (Ava DuVernay)
Gleason (Clay Tweel)
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck)
O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman)
Weiner (Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)

Best Non-English Language Film
Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi)
The Handmaiden (Park Chan Wook)
Julieta (Pedro Almodovar)
Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

EDA Female Focus Awards

Best Woman Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Ava DuVernay (13th)
Rebecca Miller (Maggie's Plan)
Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)

Best Woman Screenwriter
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Rebecca Miller (Maggie's Plan)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)
Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler)
Laura Terruso (Hello, My Name Is Doris)

Best Animated Female
Auli'i Cravalho - 'Moana' (Moana)
Ellen DeGeneres - 'Dory' (Finding Dory)
Ginnifer Goodwin - 'Judy' (Zootopia)

Best Breakthrough Performance
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures / Moonlight)
Madina Nalwanga (Queen of Katwe)
Ruth Negga (Loving)

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
Ava DuVernay - for 13th and raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood
Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell - for establishing Tangerine Entertainment's Juice Fund to support female filmmakers
Mynette Louie - president of Gamechanger Films, which finances narrative films directed by women
April Reign - for creating and mobilizing the #OscarsSoWhite campaign

EDA Special Mention Awards

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Viola Davis (Fences)
Sally Field (Hello, My Name Is Doris)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle / Things to Come)
Helen Mirren (Eye in the Sky)

Bravest Performance
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn't Have Been Made
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Magnificent Seven
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Actress Most in Need of a New Agent
Jennifer Aniston (Mother's Day / Office Christmas Party)
Melissa McCarthy (The Boss / Ghostbusters)
Margot Robbie (The Legend of Tarzan / Suicide Squad)
Julia Roberts (Mother's Day)
Shailene Woodley (The Divergent Series)

Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Lead and the Love Interest
Jessica Alba and Jason Statham (Mechanic: Resurrection)
Warren Beatty and Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply)
Robert de Niro and Aubrey Plaza (Dirty Grandpa)
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day: Resurgence)

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
David Ayer and Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad)
Elle Fanning and Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon)
Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Baby)
Mo'Nique and David E. Talbert (Almost Christmas)