Female directors dominate 2020 Alliance of Women Film Journalists award nominations


Leslie Odom Jr., Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Aldis Hodge in One Night in Miami

2020's been a remarkable year at the movies for many reasons, but one that's coming into sharper focus as the year closes is how prevalent female filmmakers have been among both studio and independent fare. This year's Alliance of Women Film Journalists awards mentions six features for Best Film and five for Best Director - four in each category, five overall, are female-directed. That in itself is remarkable, but what's even more remarkable is that these lineups don't look out of place this season, don't look like a conscious pivot toward recognizing women from a group whose membership is all women. It just looks like their honest opinions - indeed, their good opinions! AWFJ award winners will be announced on the 4th of January.


AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS

Best Film

MINARI

NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

NOMADLAND

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7


Best Director

Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW

Aaron Sorkin – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND


Best Screenplay, Original

Emerald Fennell - PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Jack Fincher - MANK

Aaron Sorkin - THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7


Best Screenplay, Adapted

Kemp Powers - ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt - FIRST COW

Chloe Zhao - NOMADLAND


Best Documentary

ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY

ATHLETE A

CRIP CAMP

THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF

TIME


Best Animated Film

OVER THE MOON

SOUL

WOLFWALKERS


Best Actress

Viola Davis – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN

Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND

Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN


Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN

Amanda Seyfried – MANK

Youn Yuh Jung – MINARI


Best Actor

Riz Ahmed – SOUND OF METAL

Chadwick Boseman – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Delroy Lindo – DA 5 BLOODS


Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Bill Murray – ON THE ROCKS

Leslie Odom Jr. – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI


Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

DA 5 BLOODS – Kim Coleman

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Kimberly Hardin

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Francine Maisler


Best Cinematography

MANK – Erik Messerschmidt

NOMADLAND – Joshua James Richards

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tami Reiker


Best Editing

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tariq Anwar

NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Alan Baumgarten


Best Non-English-Language Film

ANOTHER ROUND – Denmark

BEANPOLE – Russia

THE MOLE AGENT – Chile

THE PAINTED BIRD – Czech Republic


EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

Best Woman Director

Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Channing Godfrey Peoples – MISS JUNETEENTH

Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW

Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND


Best Woman Screenwriter

Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND


Best Animated Female

Tina Fey, "22" - SOUL

Honor Kneafsey, "Robin Goodfellowe" - WOLFWALKERS

Eva Whittaker, "Mebh Óg MacTíre" - WOLFWALKERS


Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance

Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

Sidney Flanigan – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS

Helena Zengel – NEWS OF THE WORLD


Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry

All female heads of film festivals who successfully transitioned from live to online events to sustain festival culture through the pandemic

All indie female writers and directors who normalized abortion as a vital element in the cultural conversation in films such as SAINT FRANCES, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, SISTER OF THE GROOM, ONCE UPON A RIVER, THE GLORIAS and others

Emerald Fennell for creating a film that forces empathy to put an end to the toxic sexist rape culture pervasive through modern history

Sophia Loren for a brilliant comeback at age 86 in THE LIFE AHEAD, the latest in her record-setting career. Loren won a Best Actress Oscar in 1962 for TWO WOMEN and was the first actor to win for a foreign language movie. She was also nominated in 1965 for MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE. If she’s nominated in 2021, it will be a 56-year span between her two most recent nominations – the current record is held by Henry Fonda, who had a 41-year gap between nominations


EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS


Grand Dame Award for defying agism.

Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN

Chin Tsai – LUCKY GRANDMA

Sophia Loren – THE LIFE AHEAD

Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND


Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award

THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY – Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang (23 years)

THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME – Riley Keough and Jason Clarke (20 years)

MANK – Amanda Seyfried and Charles Dance (39 years), Gary Oldman (27 years)

TENET – Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh (30 years)


She Deserves A New Agent Award

Rose Byrne – LIKE A BOSS

Tiffany Haddish – LIKE A BOSS

Katie Holmes – DARE TO DREAM

Uma Thurman – WAR WITH GRANDPA


Most Daring Performance Award

Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM

Haley Bennett – SWALLOW

Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN

Elisabeth Moss – THE INVISIBLE MAN

Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN


Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award

THE CROODS: A NEW AGE

DOOLITTLE

REBECCA


AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

Shia LeBoeuf for his ongoing abusive behavior

Christopher Nolan for insisting that TENET be screened exclusively in theaters during a pandemic.

Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey at Cinestate for sexual harassment and abuse, and cover up.

Contact Us