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By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

Nominees for Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2011 AWFJ EDA Awards

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS

Best Film:

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • Melancholia
  • Midnight in Paris

Best Director:

  • Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Terrence Malick – Tree of Life
  • Alexander Payne – The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Best Screenplay, Original

  • The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  • Beginners – Mike Mills
  • Bridesmaids – Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo
  • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  • Win Win – Thomas McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted

  • The Descendants – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon
  • Hugo – John Logan
  • Moneyball – Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear

Best Documentary

  • Bill Cunningham New York
  • Buck
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • The Interrupters
  • Pina
  • Project Nim

Best Animated Film

  • Arthur Christmas
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Tintin

Best Actress

  • Viola Davis – Abileen Clark in The Help
  • Kirsten Dunst – Justine in Melancholia
  • Meryl Streep – Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
  • Tilda Swinton – Eva Khatchadourian in We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • Michelle Williams – Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bernice Bejo – Peppy Miller in The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain – Celia Foote in The Help
  • Janet McTeer – Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs
  • Carey Mulligan – Sissy Sullivan in Shame
  • Octavia Spencer – Minny Jackson in The Help

Best Actor

  • George Clooney – Matt King in The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin – George Valentin in The Artist
  • Michael Fassbinder – Brandon Sullivan in Shame
  • Brad Pitt – Billy Beane in Moneyball
  • Michael Shannon – Curtis in Take Shelter

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Brannagh – Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks – Bernie Rose in Drive
  • Christopher Plummer – Hal Fields in Beginnings
  • Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
  • Andy Serkis – in Planet of the Apes

Best Ensemble Cast

  • Bridesmaids
  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Margin call
  • Midnight In Paris

Best Editing:

  • The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Tree of Life – Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
  • Warhorse – Michael Kahn

Best Cinematography:

  • The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
  • Hugo – Robert Richardson
  • Melancholia – Manuel Alberto Claro
  • Tree of life – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Warhorse – Janusz Kaminski

Best Film Music Or Score :

  • The Artist – Ludovic Bource, Original Score
  • Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Original Score
  • Hannah – The Chemical Brothers, Original Score

Best Non-English-Language Film:

  • Le Havre – Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/France
  • Pina – Wim Wenders, Germany
  • A Separation – Ashgar FarhadI, Iran
  • The Skin I Live In – Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  • Trollhunter – André Øvredal, Norway

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

Best Woman Director

  • Lynne Ramsey – We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • Dee Rees – Pariah
  • Vera Farmiga – Higher Ground
  • Kelly Reichardt – Meek’s Cutoff
  • Jennifer Yuh – Kung Fu Panda

Best Woman Screenwriter

  • Diablo Cody – Young Adult
  • Abi Morgan – The Iron Lady
  • Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear – We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • Dee Rees – Pariah
  • Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star

  • Rooney Mara — Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Helen Mirren – Rachel Singer in The Debt
  • Paula Patton – Jane in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Saoirse Ronan – Hanna in Hanna
  • Zoe Saldana – Cataleya in Colombiana

Best Animated Female

  • Emily Blunt as Juliet in Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Isla Fisher as Beans in Rango
  • Anne Hathaway as Jewel in Rio
  • Salma Hayak as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots
  • Angelina Jolie – Tigress in Kung Fu Panda

Best Breakthrough Performance

  • Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien in Tree of Life
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, Marcy May and Marlene in Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Adepero Oduye as Alike in Pariah
  • Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • Shailene Woodley as Alexandra King in The Descendants

Female Icon Award

  • Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis as Abileen Clark in The Help
  • Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

  • Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
  • Judi Dench as Anna Marie Hoover in J. Edgar Hoover
  • Helen Mirren as Rachel Singer in The Debt
  • Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia in Coriolanus
  • Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

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

  • Jessica Chastain for performances in four highly acclaimed films
  • Thelma Schoonmaker for editing Hugo
  • Stacey Snider for helming Dreamworks
  • Kristin Wiig for Bridesmaids

AWFJ Award Humanitarian Activism

  • Sandra Bullock for tsunami relief
  • Elaine Hendrix for Animal Rescue Corps and In Defense of Animals
  • Angelina Jolie for UN work and making In The Land of Milk and Blood to raise awareness about genocide.
  • Elizabeth Taylor for her work with AIDS
  • Olivia Wilde for relief work in Haiti

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award

  • The Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable
  • I Melt With You, production and cast
  • Jack and Jill, production and cast
  • Something Borrowed, production and cast
  • Sucker Punch, production and cast

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Kate Hudson
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • All actresses in New Year’s Eve

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t:

  • Drive
  • The Future
  • Sucker Punch
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • Young Adult

Unforgettable Moment Award:

  • The Artist – The sound of glass clinking on the table
  • Drive – The elevator scene
  • Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Lisbeth’s revenge
  • The Help – The pie scene
  • Shame – Carey Mulligan singing New York, New York

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction:

  • A Dangerous Method – Carl Jung spanks Sabina Speilrein
  • Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — Lisbeth mounts Mikael
  • Melancholia – Justine in the moonlight
  • Shame – Opening sequence on the subway train
  • Shame – Brendan with co-worker

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

  • Arthur
  • Cars 2
  • Hangover Part II
  • Hoodwinked 2
  • Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Most Egregious Age Difference:

  • Albert Nobbs – Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasikowska (22)
  • Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Daniel Craig (43) and Rooney Mara (26)
  • Midnight in Paris – Owen Wilson (43) and Léa Seydoux (26)
  • Sleeping Beauty – Emily Browning (23) and Man 1 (Peter Carroll, 1968), Man 2 (Chris Haywood, 63) and Man 3 (Hugh Keays-Byrne, 64)
  • Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – Bella (18) and Edward (over 100)

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CATHERINE LACEY: Do you think that your writer DNA was sort of shaped by how your family was displaced by the Nazi regime before you were born?
RENATA ADLER: It’s funny that you should mention that because I think it affects a lot else, specifically being a refugee. I wasn’t born there. I didn’t experience any of it. But they were refugees. So then I was thinking of this business of being a refugee, no matter in what sense.

Prenatal refugee.
Prenatal refugee and actually postnatal refugee. And I thought there are probably things in common between being a child and being a refugee and being an anthropologist.

It gives you a sense of curiosity.
But also a complete displacement. You’ve got to read the situation. You’re the new kid in school all the time. But I wasn’t aware of it then. I’m aware of it now because language affects you differently, or not. But I used to talk to Mike Nichols about it because he was a refugee. Do you envision an audience when you write? Do you envision a particular person? 

No.
Every once in a while I think: Now, what would Mike say to that?

There’s that idea that when you’re blocked, you can always just write as if it was a letter to one specific person.
Oh, that’s good. That’s a wonderful idea. Mine is more in terms of criticism. If someone was to say, “I know what that is. Do you really want to do that?” But anyway, about Mike and his attitude toward language, I remember him saying—it was a question of whether something written was fresh or not—and he would ask, “Why not smell it?” Which, from an English speaker’s point of view, is hysterical.

~ Renata Adler and Catherine Lacey In Conversation 

“Oh it was just hellish. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me. It would be stupid for me to say that I didn’t know what I was getting into. It has taken me five years to decide on a first film and I always held out for something like this. The lesson to be learned is that you can’t take on an enterprise of this size and scope if you don’t have a movie like The Terminator or Jaws behind you. Because when everybody’s wringing their handkerchiefs and sweating and puking blood over the money, it’s very nice to be able to say, ‘This is the guy who directed the biggest grossing movie of all time, sit down, shut up and feel lucky that you’ve got him.’ It’s another thing when you are there and you’re going ‘Trust me, this is really what I believe in,’ and they turn round and say ‘Well, who the hell is this guy?’ If I make ten shitty movies, I’ll deserve the flak and if I go on to make 10 great ones, this’ll probably be looked upon as my first bungled masterpiece.”
~ David Fincher, 1992

 

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