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Women Film Critics Circle announces 2019 award nominations

Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant in Celine Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant in Portrait of a Lady on Fire

I've long had my issues with the Women Film Critics Circle, and long felt conflicted about those issues, since I'd love little more than to hold a women-only film critics group up as a bastion of taste and integrity. But they've done decently enough this year in their 2019 award nominations! Sure, it helps to cram your categories with 14 nominees, but why not? This has been a stronger year than most for female filmmakers receiving high profile recognition, and it's a horrible shame to see that largely ignored by major voting bodies like the BFCA and the HFPA.

Honey, I do not know when the WFCC will announce their award winners, as they're about as opaque a group as they come, but for now we can just appreciate their nominations. Maybe everybody wins!

Best Movie About Women

American Woman (Jake Scott)

Bombshell (Jay Roach)

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)

The Farewell (Lulu Wang)

Fast Colour (Julia Hart)

Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)

Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov)

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria)

Judy (Rupert Goold)

Little Women (Greta Gerwig)

Official Secrets (Gavin Hood)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)

Best Movie by a Woman

American Factory (Julia Reichert)

Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)

Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu)

The Farewell (Lulu Wang)

Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)

High Life (Claire Denis)

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria)

Little Women (Greta Gerwig)

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)

The Souvenir (Joanna Hogg)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett (Where'd You Go, Bernadette?)

Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose)

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale)

Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep)

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Keira Knightley (Official Secrets)

Sienna Miller (American Woman)

Lupita Nyong'o (Us)

Mary Kay Place (Diane)

Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Emma Thompson (Late Night)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Zhao Tao (Ash Is Purest White)

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas (Pain & Glory)

Adam Driver (Marriage Story)

Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Jimmie Fails (The Last Black Man in San Francisco)

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)

Paul Walter Hauser (Richard Jewell)

Oleg Ivenko (The White Crow)

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Mark Ruffalo (Dark Waters)

Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Matthias Schoenaerts (The Mustang)

Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)

Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency)

Claire Denis (High Life)

Mati Diop (Atlantics)

Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman (Booksmart)

Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Jennifer Kent (The Nightingale)

Kasi Lemmons (Harriet)

Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

Nicole Taylor (Wild Rose)

Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim)

Lulu Wang (The Farewell)

Best Documentary by or About Women

Amazing Grace (Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack)

Ask Dr. Ruth (Ryan White)

For Sama (Waad Al-Khateab and Edward Watts)

Hail Satan? (Penny Lane)

Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov)

The Kingmaker (Lauren Greenfield)

Knock Down the House (Rachel Lears)

Maiden (Alex Holmes)

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Midge Costin)

One Child Nation (Wang Nan Fu and Zhang Jia Ling)

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (Janice Engel)

Varda by Agnes (Agnes Varda)

Best Foreign Film by or About Women

Atlantics (Mati Diop)

Official Secrets (Gavin Hood)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Issa Lopez)

Best Equality of the Sexes

The Aeronauts



Fighting with My Family

Little Women

Long Shot

Marriage Story

Official Secrets

Queen & Slim

Best Screen Couple

Adam Bakri and Keira Knightley (Official Secrets)

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Nick Frost and Lena Headey (Fighting with My Family)

Louis Garrel and Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

Adele Haenel and Noemie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson (Late Night)

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim)

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu (Hustlers)

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron (Long Shot)

Best Animated Female

'Anna' (Frozen II)

'Astrid' (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World)

'Bo Peep' (Toy Story 4)

'Elsa' (Frozen II)

'Yi' (Abominable)

Adrienne Shelley Award (for a film that most passionately opposes violence against women)

American Woman (Jake Scott)

Bombshell (Jay Roach)

Fast Colour (Julia Hart)

Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)

Hustlers (Lorene Scafaria)

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

A Vigilante (Sarah Daggar-Nickson)

Josephine Baker Award (for best expressing the woman of colour experience in America)

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell)

Culture Shock (Gigi Saul Guerrero)

Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)

Miss Virginia (R. J. Daniel Hanna)

Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas)

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)

Us (Jordan Peele)

Karen Morley Award (for best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity)

The Best of Enemies (Robin Bissell)

Harriet (Kasi Lemmons)

Knives Out (Rian Johnson)

Little Women (Greta Gerwig)

Mickey and the Bear (Annabelle Attanasio)

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)

Official Secrets (Gavin Hood)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma)

Varda by Agnes (Agnes Varda)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (Richard Linklater)

Acting and Activism Award

Iciar Bollain

Jamie Lee Curtis

Geena Davis

Jane Fonda

Taraji P. Henson

Brie Larson

Alfre Woodard

Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Andrews

Cate Blanchett

Shelley Duvall

Jane Fonda

Diane Keaton

Aviva Kempner

Kasi Lemmons

Toni Morrison

Dolly Parton

Maggie Smith

Alfre Woodard

Pauline Kael Special Jury Awards

Best Female Action Hero

Bombshell (the women of)

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

Keira Knightley (Official Secrets)

Brie Larson (Captain Marvel)

The Invisible Woman Award (supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically has been ignored)

Stella Fyrogini (Pause)

Taraji P. Henson (The Best of Enemies)

Janelle Monae (Harriet)

Anna Paquin (The Irishman)

Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award

Elizabeth Banks (Brightburn)

Frances Conroy (Joker)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Knives Out)

Paradise Hills (the mothers of)

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