Alliance of Women Film Journalists Pick The Artist for Best Picture

– info from the site is found here — I voted in these awards, fyi. I appear to have been in the minority with my choices.

Best Film:

The Artist

Best Director:

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Best Screenplay, Original:

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

Best Screenplay, Adapted: (TIE)

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Moneyball – Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin

Best Documentary:


Best Animated Film:


Best Actress:

Viola Davis as Abileen in The Help

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: (TIE)

Janet McTeer as Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson in The Help

Best Actor:

Michael Fassbender as Brandon Sullivan in Shame

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Christopher Plummer as Hal Fields in Beginners

Best Ensemble Cast:


Best Editing:

Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Cinematography:

The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Music Or Score: (TIE)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Original Score

Hanna – The Chemical Brothers, Original Score

Best Non-English-Language Film:

A Separation – Ashgar Farhadi, Iran


Best Woman Director:

Lynne Ramsey – We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Woman Screenwriter:

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star: (TIE)

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Saoirse Ronan as Hanna in Hanna

Best Animated Female:

Isla Fisher as Beans in Rango

Best Breakthrough Performance:

Elizabeth Olsen as Martha in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Female Icon Award:

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs

Actress Defying Age and Ageism:

Helen Mirren as Rachel Singer in The Debt

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry:

Jessica Chastain for performances in four highly acclaimed films

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism:

Angelina Jolie for UN work and making In The Land of Blood and Honey to raise awareness about genocide.


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award:

The Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent:

All actresses in New Year’s Eve

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn‘t:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Unforgettable Moment Award:

The Artist – The sound of the glass clinking on the table.

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction: (TIE)

Melancholia – Justine in the moonlight.

Shame – Opening sequence on the subway train.

Sequel Or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award:

The Hangover Part II

Most Egregious Love Interest Age Difference Award: (TIE)

Albert Nobbs – Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasilkowska (22)

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I – Bella (18) and Edward (Over 100)

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Awards recognize the amazing work done by and about women–both in front and behind the camera.

The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS.

EDA is also an acronym for Excellent Dynamic Activism, qualities shared by Eda Reiss Merin, AWFJ members and those honored with EDA Awards.


  1. Craig Z 4 years ago

    Looks like the women didn’t vote much different than anybody else. Moving along…

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  2. RyanT 4 years ago

    Vancouver critics went with The Artist while North Texas throws a bone towards War Horse. I guess someone had to.

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  3. Diego 4 years ago

    They give a Hall of Shame award to the Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any woman to join the Directors Roundtable but they didn’t nominate a single female for the Best Director award. Well Done!

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  4. Scott 4 years ago

    lol, some odd categories…

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  5. Bob Hesterhaus 4 years ago

    Sasha, how about an article on Abi Morgan – after all, she co-wrote Shame and wrote The Iron Lady – so that’s two hotly Oscar-tipped movies she’s chalked up – just this year. A phenomenal achievement yet I’ve heard hardly anything about her. I wonder why?

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  6. Matthias Zucker 4 years ago

    The regular categories are perfectly fine and as far as I can tell, so are their choices. But I have to say, the association’s credibility is strained, to say the least, by their ridiculous “special mention awards”. Advancing a women’s agenda is fine, as in the case of pointing out where somebody trampled gender equality, but what signal does it send if that same group then thinks it necessary to include a special citation for “scenes of sexuality, nudity and seduction”? Or age difference between onscreen couples (which is then “won”, no less, by Twilight)? With one bold stroke, all of the feminism is undercut by a very old-fashioned gender model and, may I say, a homemaker sensibility. Maybe next year, they can include categories such as “Best Kiss” and “Most Dreamy Actor”?

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  7. Oscarcrazy 4 years ago

    YAYYYYYYYY Viola & Octavia!!

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  8. diane 4 years ago

    LOL @ Female Icon Close as Albert Nobbs. Now that`s a hall of shame award if there was ever one.

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  9. mark 4 years ago

    Fassbender just picked up Vancouver, and now this. Nice!

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  10. steve50 4 years ago

    Good list. Especially like “actress in need of new agent” and, conversely, the award to Jessica Chastain, whose agent should also get a mention.

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  11. filmlover 4 years ago

    Is this a spoiler? I sure hope not.

    Unforgettable Moment Award:

    The Artist – The sound of the glass clinking on the table.

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  12. Nic V 4 years ago

    So why isn’t there a category for Best Actress playing an iconic head of a Nation? Or a category for Best Mare in a film about War Horses? Gimme a break.

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  13. Daveylow 4 years ago

    The Award for Movie You Wanted to Love but Just Couldn’t seems particularly petty and dumb.

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  14. j 4 years ago

    The Rachel McAdams character in Midnight in Paris epitomizes Woody Allen’s ridicule and hatred of women. So the Alliance for Women, or whatever it’s called, picks this screenplay as the best? And who got the lifetime achievement award, Michael Bay?

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  15. Fielding 4 years ago

    Looks like Woody’s getting closer and closer to that 3rd writing Oscar.

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  16. Sasha Stone 4 years ago

    Looks like Woody’s getting closer and closer to that 3rd writing Oscar.

    Yeah, I think so too.

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