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By Laura Rooney laura@moviecitynews.com

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2011

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN: TIE*
   The Iron Lady
   We Need To Talk About Kevin

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN:
   The Help

BEST STORYTELLER:
   The Iron Lady: Abi Morgan

BEST ACTRESS:
   Viola Davis: The Help
 

BEST ACTOR:
   George Clooney: The Descendants

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS:
   Melissa McCarthy: Bridesmaids

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS:
   Shailene Woodley: The Descendants

BEST FOREIGN FILM:
   The Hedgehog

BEST FEMALE IMAGES:
   The Whistleblower

WORST FEMALE IMAGES:
   Melancholia

BEST MALE IMAGES:
   The Descendants

WORST MALE IMAGES:
   Hangover 2   

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:
   Semper Fi: Always Faithful

BEST FAMILY FILM:
   Hugo

BEST ANIMATED FEMALES

   Puss ‘N Boots 3D

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES:
   The Debt

COURAGE IN ACTING:
   Glenn Close: Albert Nobbs

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD: Tie*
   Hiam Abbass: Miral
   Michelle Williams: Meek’s Cutoff

BEST UNRELEASED MOVIE:
   Miss Representation

WOMEN’S WORK: BEST FEMALE ENSEMBLE:
   The Help

BEST SCREEN COUPLE:
   The Artist: Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Tie*
   Kathy Bates
   Cicely Tyson

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD:

   Elizabeth Taylor

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD
   The Whistleblower

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD
   The Help

KAREN MORLEY AWARD
   Albert Nobbs

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD
   Judi Dench: J. Edgar
     

*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women

*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity

*COURAGE IN ACTING [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]

*THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD [Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]

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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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