Viola Davis receives “The Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award”

This year on their final ballots, AWFJ members singled out films that told stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds.

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists rolled out their best of for 2018 including heaping accolades on the drama “Roma” which garnered five EDA Awards for Best Film, Best Non-English Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron.

Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” won three awards including Best Supporting Actor for Richard E. Grant; Best Screenplay Adapted to writers Nicole Holofcener and Jeff White; and Best Woman Director to Heller. “Black Panther”  was awarded Best Ensemble Cast and cinematographer Rachel Morrison was named Outstanding Achievement By A Woman for paving the road for women cinematographers for her work as DP on the blockbuster and her history making 2018 Oscar nomination for her cinematography work on “Mudbound”. 

Additional acting awards went to Ethan Hawke for Best Actor for “First Reformed;” Best Supporting Actress to Regina King for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” and newcomer Thomasin McKenzie was honored with the Best Breakthrough Performance Award
for her starring role in “Leave No Trace. Viola Davis received “The Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award” for “Widows,” while Jennifer Lawrence was singled out for “Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent” for her Spy drama “Red Sparrow.” Other winners included  
Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson  who received “The Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award” for “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and “Overboard” was named “The Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made”

The Annual AWFJ Hall of Shame Award was bestowed upon abusers Weinstein, Moonves, CK,  and Kevin Spacey.

“Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2018 EDA Awards nominees and winners genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity,” states Jennifer Merin, EDA AWARDS and AWJF founder and film critic. “Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender, but we also recognize the need to have categories that focus specifically on women’s achievements in an industry that still has a long way to go to reach gender parity and equal opportunity for all.”

This year on their final ballots, AWFJ members singled out films that told stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds. The organization honored the excellent work of female directors and screenwriters. And, as is customary, they have called out some egregious choices and behavior that hopefully will not be repeated in the future.

“All in all, 2018 produced a bumper crop of female-directed and female-centered films,” adds Merin. “Too few of them reached the mainstream, but we hope that AWFJ and the EDA Awards can help to rush such films into the current.”

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