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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