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Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) Winners

The Shape of Water (Fox Searchlight)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) have chosen The Shape of Water as the best film of 2017. They also awarded the film their Best Director prize over their sole female nominee, Greta Gerwig). Gerwig was given the group’s Best Woman Director and Woman Screenwriter awards for Lady Bird.

 

Nomination leader Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri managed just a single win, Frances McDormand for Best Actress. Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) picked up another Best Actor win and Jordan Peele (Get Out) earned their Original Screenplay award. Call Me By Your Name was their Adapted Screenplay winner. The Florida Project was a double winner; Willem Dafoe for Supporting Actor and Brooklynn Prince for Breakthrough Performance.

“This year was an important year for women to feel empowered to speak out and be heard,” states EDA AWARDS and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin.  “The need for gender parity and gender diversity in the movie industry is patently clear, and the time to stop sexual harassment in all industries is now.  These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and it’s core values. I am thrilled that for this year’s awards, our AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent and to recognize those who are leading with their voices to put an end to long time misconduct making the 2017 EDA Awards particularly relevant when art and film must be the vanguard of social progress.”

Here is the full list of nominees and winners.

Best Film 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
THE SHAPE OF WATER – winner
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Director 

Guillermo del Toro – THE SHAPE OF WATER – winner
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD
Martin McDonagh — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Christopher Nolan — DUNKIRK
Jordan Peele – GET OUT

Best Screenplay, Original

GET OUT — Jordan Peele – winner
LADY BIRD — Greta Gerwig
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI — Martin McDonagh

Best Screenplay, Adapted

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME — James Ivory – winner
MOLLY’S GAME — Aaron Sorkin
MUDBOUND — Dee Rees

Best Documentary

DAWSON CITY FROZEN IN TIE
FACES PLACES – winner
JANE
KEDI
STEP

Best Animated Film

THE BREADWINNER
COCO – winner (tie)
LOVING VINCENT – winner (tie)

Best Actress

Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI – winner
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige — MUDBOUND
Allison Janney — I, TONYA
Laurie Metcalf — LADY BIRD – winner

Best Actor

Timothée Chalamet — CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Daniel Kaluuya — GET OUT
Gary Oldman — DARKEST HOUR – winner

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Willem Dafoe –PROJECT FLORIDA – winner
Sam Rockwell — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Michael Stuhlbarg — CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

MUDBOUND — Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram – winner
THE POST –  Ellen Lewis
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI — Sara Finn

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins –  BLADE RUNNER 2049 – winner
Hoyte van Hoytema — DUNKIRK
Dan Laustsen — THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Editing

Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss — BABY DRIVER
Lee Smith — DUNKIRK – winner
Sidney Wolinsky– THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Non-English-Language Film

BPM
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
THE SQUARE – winner

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

Kathryn Bigelow — DETROIT
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD – winner
Patty Jenkins — WONDER WOMAN
Angelina Jolie — FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
Dee Rees — MUDBOUND
Angela Robinson — PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN
Agnes Varda — FACES PLACES

Best Woman Screenwriter

Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD – winner
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer — THE POST
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams — MUDBOUND

Best Animated Female

Mama Imelda — COCO
Marguerite Gachet — LOVING VINCENT
Parvana — THE BREADWINNER – winner

Best Breakthrough Performance

Tiffany Haddish –GIRL’S TRIP
Brooklynn Prince — THE FLORIDA PROJECT – winner
Florence Pugh — LADY MACBETH

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry

Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Patty Jenkins for WONDER WOMAN
Angelina Jolie for FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER and THE BREADWINNER
Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd  and all who spoke out against sexual harassment – winner

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Annette Bening — FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
AGNES VARDA — FACES PLACES – winner

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award

I LOVE YOU, DADDY — Chloe Grace

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (name actress and film)

Dakota Johnson for 50 SHADES DARKER
Jennifer Lawrence for MOTHER!
Kate Winslet for WONDER WHEEL and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US – winner

Bravest Performance

Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER – winner (tie)
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA – winner (tie)

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

BAYWATCH
THE MUMMY – winner
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

Darren Aronovsky and all associated with MOTHER!
Louis CK and all associated with I LOVE YOU,, DADDY
Showbiz Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al. – winner

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS:  AWFJ, a not-for-profit corporation, is an international association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to raising the volume on women’s voices in the film community by broadening opportunities for women who write about film and supporting films by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. More information about AWFJ, including the membership list, can be accessed at www.awfj.org or sending inquiries to awfjinc@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EDA AWARDS:  The AWFJ presents EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras.  In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals,including IDFA, Whistler Film Festival, DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen 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.  

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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