Tuesday, 27 December 2016


You'll surely understand - Christmas festivities impeded my ability to report upon the incessant developments of the early third of awards season. But I have at last emerged from a turkey-and-wine-induced stupor to announce news of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2016 awards. And it's yet more success for Moonlight - gee, what a surprise. Props to this lot for showing their fellow female-focused 'critics' in the WFCC how to do it with two awards for Isabelle Huppert in Elle, though their Hall of Shame pick is an utterly baffling one in the light of the context and the competition. Remember their nominations? Now you do! All the details below.

AWFJ Awards

Best Film

Best Director
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Actress
Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Actor
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis (Fences)

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best Screenplay, Original
Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Cinematography
James Laxton (Moonlight)

Best Editing
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders (Moonlight)

Best Ensemble Cast - Casting Director
Yesi Ramirez (Moonlight)

Best Animated Film
Zootopia (Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Rich Moore)

Best Documentary
13th (Ava DuVernay)

Best Non-English Language Film
The Handmaiden (Park Chan Wook)

EDA Female Focus Awards

Best Woman Director
Ava DuVernay (13th)

Best Woman Screenwriter
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)

Best Animated Female
Auli'i Cravalho - 'Moana' (Moana)
Ginnifer Goodwin - 'Judy' (Zootopia)

Best Breakthrough Performance
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

EDA Special Mention Awards

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle / Things to Come)

Bravest Performance
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn't Have Been Made

Actress Most in Need of a New Agent
Jennifer Aniston (Mother's Day / Office Christmas Party)

Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Lead and the Love Interest
Warren Beatty and Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply)

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones's Baby)

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