Nominees for the 2012 Women in Film Journalism Awards

I only vote in one critics group, and that’s this one. The reason being, I wouldn’t want to cover the awards race and also vote on movies – to me it’s a little bit of a conflict of interest.  Here are the nominees:


These awards are presented to females and/or males.

Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director (Female or Male)
Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Speilberg – Lincoln

Best Screenplay, Original
Amour – Michael Haneke.
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Argo – Chris Terrio
Lincoln – Tony Kushner,
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Best Documentary
The Gatekeepers – Dror Moreh
The Imposter – Bart Layton
The Invisible War – Kirby Dick
Searching For Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul

Best Animated Film

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – Argo
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Best Ensemble Cast
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Editing
Argo – William Goldenberg
Cloud Atlas – Alexander Berner
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Cinematography
The Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
The Master – Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
Skyfall – Thomas Newman

Best Film Music Or Score
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin
Zero Dark Thirty – Alexandre Desplat

Best Non-English-Language Film
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Andrea Arnold – Wuthering Heights
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Sarah Polley – Take This Waltz

Best Woman Screenwriter (include film AND writer’s name)
Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks
Ava DuVernay – Middle of Nowhere
Sarah Polley – Take This Waltz

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star (include film title)
Gina Carano – Haywire
Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

Best Animated Female (include film title, character’s name and actor’s name)
Brave – Merida – Kelly Macdonald
Rise of the Guardians – Tooth – Isla Fisher
Wreck-It Ralph – Vanellope – Sarah Silverman

Best Breakthrough Performance
Samantha Barks – Les Miserables
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Alicia Vikander – A Royal Affair
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

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
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Judi Dench – Skyfall

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 — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook

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 Award

Sean Anders for That’s My Boy
Sacha Baron Cohen for The Dictator
Gabriele Muccino for Playing For Keeps

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (include film title(s))
Katherine Heigl – One For The Money
Nicole Kidman – The Paperboy
Reese Witherspoon – This Means War

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Les Miserables

Unforgettable Moment Award
Argo – The runway chase.
Flight – Crash sequence
Les Miserables – Anne Hathaway as Fantine singing I Dreamed A Dream
Rust and Bone – Marion Cotillard as Stephanie dancing in the wheelchair.
Zero Dark Thirty – Jessica Chastain as Maya says, “I’m the mother…”

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (include film title AND actors’ names)
Anna Karenina – Keira Knightly and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Rust and Bone – Marion Cotilliard
The Sessions – Helen Hunt and John Hawkes

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
Amazing Spiderman
Red Dawn
Total Recall

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award (include film title AND actors’ names AND age difference)
Flight – Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly,..and Nadine Velazquez
Seeking a Friend For the End of the World – Steve Carell and Keira Knightly
Silver Linings Playbook – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

AWFJ 2012-13 EDA Awards Schedule
Dec 22, 2012 – Final Voting Ballots sent to members.
Dec 27, 2012 – DEADLINE for completed voting ballots to be received.
Jan 7, 2013 – 2012 EDA Awards Winners announced.We look forward to recognizing this year’s outstanding cinema achievements (best and worst!) by women (and men!) in front of and behind the cameras, and to making this an all around superbawards season.

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  1. December 22, 2012

    The other women’s critics group announced a few days ago, the WFCC. They’re mad, and bad, and not in a good way:

  2. December 22, 2012

    Seriously, Sacha Baron Cohen in the hall of shame for “The Dictator”??? Another proof Cohen is way more brilliant than those critizing him. Cohen plays bigots so you can laugh at them for their ridiculous behaviours. He’s not exploiting women (or gays) on his films, he’s actually doing the contrary. As in Borat.

  3. December 22, 2012

    I’m guessing that Roger Deakins is the intended cinematography nominee for Skyfall, not Thomas Newman.

  4. December 22, 2012

    I like (NOT) that category “Movie you just wanted to love but couldn’t.” It’s like ‘speak for yourself.’ But then they are speaking for themselves. Ha!

    LES MISERABLES has crossed a critical threshold today, rising to a most respectable 61 per cent at Meta Critic, on the strength of glowing reviews posted by Peter Travers and James Bernandelli. That represents a move into the “green,” which denotes generally favorable reviews.

    Meanwhile at RT, the film has a solid 72% with 60 favorable and 23 negative.

    For a musical (traditionally the scourge of a number of the intellectual young bloggers who need to show how hip and smart they are) these are excellent numbers I must say.

  5. zyzzyva
    December 22, 2012

    I don’t know why everyone is rely on Metacritic so much. They’re select only around 40 top critics which (in my opinion) are too few to judge the movie. And the bias weight average is…. questionable and mysterious. Average Rating (not Tomatometer) on RottenTomatoes does better job here with more critics (200+ for blockbuster and award-winning movie) and every voice has same weight.

  6. Terometer
    December 22, 2012

    Those over-extended categories really decrease the importance of this group. So unnecessary to cover everything.

  7. P
    December 22, 2012

    lol dont think Nicole Kidman cares that Women in Film Journalism think she needs a new agent.

  8. December 22, 2012

    Haha, Nicole’s in line for an Oscar nomination and they think she needs a new agent. Laughable.

    That woman has a remarkable filmography, so diverse.

  9. Lynne
    December 22, 2012

    Queen Hathaway with two nominations!

  10. December 22, 2012

    The Metacritic vs. Rotten Tomatoes debate has been had far too many times. Rotten Tomatoes endows the responses of people of questionable taste and cinematic knowledge with too much significance, and simplifies its complex reviews to either good or bad.

    I know, WTF, Nicole Kidman? I wonder if that new agent of hers could line her up a year in which she stars in projects yielding her two Golden Globe nominations, two SAG nominations and an Emmy nomination, not to mention a potential Oscar nomination.

  11. PJ
    December 22, 2012

    61 and 72% scores are now worth bragging about? After the early screenings Les Mis seemed to be a big Oscar player, now it’s like a kid bragging because he got a D+ and a C- on his final exam. Pathetic.

    I don’t get some of the latter categories. I wish I had Kidman’s agent.

  12. Jerry Grant
    December 22, 2012

    I’ll never understand why Alan Arkin keeps showing up in these nominations.

  13. Casey
    December 22, 2012

    Me neither Jerry.

    A waste of a nomination.

    Laughable about kidman and Cohen.
    Happy for dowd

  14. BlueFox94
    December 22, 2012

    Ain’t happy at “WRECK-IT RALPH”‘s exclusion. Pulling for “BRAVE” to win this one, still waiting for “WRECK-IT RALPH” to win the Oscar.

  15. Linc4jess
    December 22, 2012

    I suppose I am one of a few who thinks that the film “The Master” is hugely overrated. interesting that these females didn’t like “Les Miserables” and if female will not like the film surely males aren’t going to get in line for it as well.

  16. Julie
    December 22, 2012

    Queen Jennifer with 3 nominations !! :) and… a “Outstanding Achievement Award”

  17. Linc4jess
    December 22, 2012

    “”I’ll never understand why Alan Arkin keeps showing up in these nominations””.

    My thought is this. In many cases award nods are a status thing for many critics and OSCAR voters not so much for performance. If you do a decent job and likeable your pretty much in than if you are not liked no matter how great you are. Just like film critics groups being all over the map trying to out do each other with each group choosing different best pictures. IMHO.

  18. Richard
    December 22, 2012

    Nicole Kidman’s agent is fine. No thanks to this silly “Women in Film Journalism Awards”. Kidman’s achievement speaks for itself and she’s gonna win the Oscar.
    Just goes to show women hates women who look beautiful.

  19. Linc4jess
    December 22, 2012

    “Just goes to show women hates women who look beautiful.”

    Is this the reason there is so much hate for Sasha from women.

  20. Josh
    December 22, 2012

    NICOLE KIDMAN IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT? Hell no. If she continues to do these challenging, daring roles then I say she retains her current agent.

  21. notenoughtime
    December 22, 2012

    What fun nominations these are. I love the playfulness of the categories, and some are spot on. The award season has become so heavy and cynical, I absolutely love this type of recognition.

  22. RJ
    December 22, 2012

    Anne Hathaway is SO SOLID this Awards Season. . . 3 Nominations here and a WIN for Best Actress (Not Best Supporting, which means she beat out the likes of Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence) by the Women’s Film Critic’s Circle!!!!

  23. rufussondheim
    December 22, 2012

    I wouldn’t mind urinating on Zac Effron. I’d be grateful to my agent if he could get me that gig.

  24. steve50
    December 22, 2012

    Not caring for the idea of negative categories. That’s what the Razzies are for. From a group of journalists , it just sounds mean.

    Speaking of mean – I wouldn’t mind some of that action, rufus, if your agent can swing it.

  25. Nic V
    December 22, 2012

    I was thinking the same thing. Since when is a 72 something to run around and brag about….hell if you don’t get in the mid 70′s someone should be wondering about the director and the screenwriter not too mention the cinematographer and editor. I’ve seen so many clips from this film and I gotta tell ya that Pitch Perfect seems like a better way to spend 120 minutes than listening to the catter walling they’re calling singing in Les Mis. The more clips I see the more I’m dreading seeing this.

  26. December 22, 2012

    What a weirdo list!!!

    Kidman needs a new agent? Now, after Rabbit Hole and The Papeboy???

    The Amazing Spider-Man shouldn’t have been made?

    Stupid women group!

    Really laughable.

  27. Richard
    December 22, 2012

    Nicole Kidman doesn’t need this Women’s group to bring her down.
    Nicole has the guts to take on this role. She’s a champion. She can win the Oscar in Paperboy and win another Oscar for The Railway Man and show them what it takes to be a real pro.

  28. December 23, 2012

    “Best Director (Female or Male)”

    Why the gender qualification?

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