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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Winners

This is the only group I vote in and as you can see, clearly my votes did not matter as many of these winners, for the most part, don’t reflect my personal choices, not even the the less traditional awards after the jump.    They didn’t last year either so I am what you might call an outlier.

2012 EDA Awards Winners

Best Film: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Screenplay, Original: Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Screenplay, Adapted: Chris Terrio – “Argo”
Best Documentary: “Searching For Sugar Man”
Best Animated Film: “ParaNorman”
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis – “Lincoln”
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Phillip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Editing: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda – “Life of Pi”
Best Film Music or Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Best Non-English-Language Film: “Amour”

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Woman Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games”

Best Animated Female: Merida (Kelly Macdonald) – “Brave”

Best Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Judi Dench – “Skyfall”

AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism – Female Icon Award, presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry, presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner–making, record–breaking, industry–changing achievement during any given year:

Women Documentary Filmmakers – including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Detropia”), Lauren Greenfield (“Queen of Versailles”), Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei Never Sorry”) and Sarah Burns (“The Central Park Five”).


AWFJ Hall Of Shame: “That’s My Boy”

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (Tie):
Katherine Heigl – “One For The Money”
Reese Witherspoon – “This Means War”

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t: “Anna Karenina”

Unforgettable Moment (Tie):
Anne Hathaway,as Fantine. singing “I Dreamed A Dream” – “Les Miserables”
Jessica Chastain as Maya, saying, “I’m the mother…” – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction: Helen Hunt and John Hawkes – “The Sessions”

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made (Tie):
”Red Dawn”
“Total Recall”

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest:
Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly…and Nadine Velazquez – “Flight“