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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How do you see film evolving in this age of Netflix?

I thought the swing would be quicker and more violent. There have been two landmark moments in the history of French film. First in 1946, with the creation of the CNC under the aegis of Malraux. He saved French cinema by establishing the advance on receipts and support fund mechanisms. We’re all children of this political invention. Americans think that the State gives money to French films, but they’re wrong. Through this system, films fund themselves!

The other great turning point came by the hand of Jack Lang in the 1980s, after the creation of Canal+. While television was getting ready to become the nemesis of film, he created the decoder, and a specific broadcasting space between film and television, using new investments for film. That once again saved French film.

These political decisions are important. We’re once again facing big change. If our political masters don’t take control of the situation and new stakeholders like Netflix, Google and Amazon, we’re headed for disaster. We need to create obligations for Internet service providers. They can’t always be against film. They used to allow piracy, but now that they’ve become producers themselves, they’re starting to see things in a different light. This is a moment of transition, a strong political act needs to be put forward. And it can’t just be at national level, it has to happen at European level.

Filmmaker Cédric Klapisch