The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), a membership organization of leading women film journalists and critics from across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., has announced the winners of its 7th Annual EDA Awards.
Starting with Best Film, “Zero Dark Thirty” swept the AWFJ EDA “Best of” categories with five awards, took another two in the female-centric EDA Focus Awards, and earned its eighth win in the EDA Special Mention section. The full list of 2012 winners is below.
In the EDA ‘Best of’ categories—which parallel those used by other voting organizations–Jessica Chastain and Daniel Day Lewis were honored for their leading roles, with supporting role awards going to Anne Hathaway and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Malik Benjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man” received the EDA for Best Documentary, and Michael Haneke’s “Amour” was embraced for “Best Non-English-Language Film.”
The AWFJ also presents two award categories that reflect the organization’s mission to celebrate women in filmmaking, as well as the perspective of women in film journalism.
The EDA Focus Award pay tribute to achievements in filmmaking by women. Among the 2012 winners are Lucy Alibar, who received the Best Woman Screenwriter Award for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which she co-wrote with and Benh Zeitlin; Jennifer Lawrence who grabbed the Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star for her role in “The Hunger Game”; and the “Brave” heroine Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, which drew Best Animated Female. Best Breakthrough Performance went Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry, celebrates the overall achievements this year by “Women Documentary Filmmakers,” with five named for special mention.
For extra fun, the AWFJ presents the EDA Special Mentions. A sampling of these awards include Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest, which went to Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly…and Nadine Velazquez, for “Flight“; and a tie for Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent, between Katherine Heigl for “One For The Money” and Reese Witherspoon for “This Means War.” Helen Hunt and John Hawkes attracted Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction.
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.
AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS
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”
EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
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”).
EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
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):
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest:
Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly…and Nadine Velazquez – “Flight“