2018 EDA Award Nominations – AWFJ Highlight Gender Parity in Cinema

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced it’s 2018 EDA Awards, and as usual, it features some of the very best work in cinema. The group not only nominates the open categories like other critics groups, but also has other categories to raise the profiles of women directors, writers, and craftsmen. They also name some of the worst films in the industry for their depictions of women. Their full list of nominees can be found below!

The 2018 EDA Award Nominees

Best Film
  • BLACKkKLANSMAN
  • THE FAVOURITE
  • GREEN BOOK
  • LEAVE NO TRACE
  • ROMA
  • VICE
Best Director
  • Alfonso Cuaron – ROMA
  • Debra Granik – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – THE FAVOURITE
  • Spike Lee – BLACKkKLANSMAN
  • Adam McKay – VICE
Best Screenplay, Original
  • EIGHTH GRADE – Bo Burnham
  • THE FAVOURITE – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • FIRST REFORMED – Paul Schrader
  • ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron
  • VICE – Adam McKay
Best Screenplay, Adapted
  • BLACK PANTHER – Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert
  • BLACKkKLANSMAN – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee
  • CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Nicole Holofcener, Jeff White
  • THE HATE U GIVE – Audrey Wells
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Barry Jenkins
  • LEAVE NO TRACE – Debra Granik, Anne Rossellini
Best Documentary
  • FREE SOLO – Elizabeth Chai Vasarheliyi, Jimmy Chin
  • LIYANA – Amanda Knopp, Aaron Knopp
  • RBG – Julie Cohen, Betsy West
  • SHIRKERS – Sandi Tan
  • THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS – Tim Wardle
  • WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – Morgan Neville
Best Animated Film
  • INCREDIBLES 2 – Brad Bird
  • ISLE OF DOGS – Wes Anderson
  • MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER – Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New
  • RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – Phil Johnson, Rick Moore
  • SMALLFOOT – Karey Kirkpatrick, Jason Reisig
  • SPIDERMAN INTO SPIDER-VERSE – Bob Perischerri, Peter Ramsay, Rodney Rothman
Best Actress
  • Yalitza Aparacio – ROMA
  • Glenn Close – THE WIFE
  • Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE
  • Viola Davis – WIDOWS
  • Lady Gaga – A STAR IS BORN
  • Melissa McCarthy – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Amy Adams – VICE
  • Claire Foy – FIRST MAN
  • Regina King – IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
  • Thomasin McKenzie – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Emma Stone – THE FAVOURITE
  • Rachel Weisz – THE FAVOURITE
Best Actor
  • Christian Bale – VICE
  • Willem Dafoe – AT ETERNITY’S GATE
  • Ben Foster – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Ethan Hawke – FIRST REFORMED
  • Rami Malek – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • Viggo Mortensen – GREEN BOOK
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Mahershala Ali – GREEN BOOK
  • Steve Carrell – VICE
  • Adam Driver – BLACKkKLANSMAN
  • Hugh Grant – Paddington
  • Richard E Grant – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
  • Michael B Jordan – BLACK PANTHER
Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director
  • BLACK PANTHER – Sarah Finn, Casting Director
  • BLACKkKLANSMAN – Kim Coleman, Casting Director
  • CRAZY RICH ASIANS – Terry Taylor, Casting Director
  • THE FAVOURITE – Dixie Chassay, Casting Director
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – Cindy Tolan
  • VICE – Francine Maisler
Best Cinematography
  • BLACK PANTHER – Rachel Morrison
  • THE FAVOURITE – Robbie Ryan
  • FIRST MAN – Linus Sandgren
  • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK – James Laxton
  • ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron
Best Editing
  • BLACK PANTHER – Debbie Berman, Michael P Shawver
  • THE FAVOURITE – Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough
  • VICE – Hank Corwin
  • WIDOWS – Joe Walker
Best Non-English-Language Film
  • BURNING – Lee Chang-dong, Korea
  • CAPERNAUM – Nadine Labiki, Lebanon
  • COLD WAR – Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland
  • ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico
  • SHOPLIFTERS – Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
  • Elizabeth Chomko – WHAT THEY HAD
  • Debra Granik – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Marielle Heller – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
  • Tamara Jenkins – PRIVATE LIFE
  • Karyn Kusama – DESTROYER
  • Nadine Labiki – CAPERNAUM
  • Rungano Nyoni – I AM NOT A WITCH
  • Sally Potter – THE PARTY
  • Lynn Ramsay – YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
  • Chloe Zhao – THE RIDER
Best Woman Screenwriter
  • Diablo Cody – TULLY
  • Deborah Davis – THE FAVOURITE (with Tony McNamara)
  • Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Nicole Holofcener – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (with Jeff Whitty)
  • Tamara Jenkins – PRIVATE LIFE
  • Lynne Ramsay – YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
  • Audrey Wells – THE HATE U GIVE
  • Chloe Zhao – THE RIDER
Best Animated Female
  • Elastagirl, INCREDIBLES 2, Holly Hunter
  • Gwen Stacy, SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Hailee Steinfeld
  • Meechee, SMALLFOOT, Zendaya
  • Tracy Walker, ISLE OF DOGS, Greta Gerwig
  • Vanellope, RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, Sarah Silverman
Best Breakthrough Performance
  • Yalitza Aparacio – ROMA
  • Elsie Fisher – EIGHTH GRADE
  • KiKi Layne – IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
  • Thomasin McKenzie – LEAVE NO TRACE
  • Letitia Wright – BLACK PANTHER
Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry
  • 82 women who stood on the Palais des Festivals steps at the Cannes Film Festival to protest gender inequality in festival programming.
  • Ava DuVernay for hiring women filmmakers for QUEEN SUGAR and other projects.
  • Megan Ellison for challenging the status quo and producing projects by unique and diverse voices.
  • Nicole Kidman for a banner year of performances in DESTROYER, BOY ERASED and AQUAMAN, and for opening opportunity or women in production.
  • Rachel Morrison for paving the road for women cinematographers with her Oscar nomination for MUDBOUND and scoring as DP on BLACK PANTHER.
  • Shondra Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and all the women speaking out in the #MeToo movement.

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
  • Glenn Close – THE WIFE
  • Viola Davis – WIDOWS
  • Nicole Kidman – DESTROYER
  • Sissy Spacek –THE OLD MAN & THE GUN
  • TEA WITH THE DAMES – Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith
Bravest Performance
  • Toni Collette – HEREDITY
  • Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE
  • Viola Davis -WIDOWS
  • Nicole Kidman – DESTROYER
  • Melissa McCarthy – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
  • Charlize Theron – TULLY
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – ALL ABOUT NINA
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
  • Anna Faris – OVERBOARD
  • Jennifer Garner – PEPPERMINT
  • Dakota Johnson – FIFTY SHADES FREED
  • Jennifer Lawrence – RED SPARROW
  • Melissa McCarthy – Everything except CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
  • Amy Schumer – I FEEL PRETTY
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award
  • MANDY – Andrea Riseborough and Nicholas Cage
  • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT – Rebecca Ferguson and Tom Cruise
  • OVERBOARD – Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez
  • RED SPARROW – Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton
  • SIBERIA – Ana Ularu and Keanu Reeves
Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made
  • DEATHWISH
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED
  • OVERBOARD
  • THE PREDATOR
  • ROBIN HOOD
AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
  • Abusers Weinstein, Moonves, CK, Rush, Franco, Singer, Rose, Lauer, et al
  • FIFTY SHADES FREED
  • THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS
  • RED SPARROW

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The EDA Award winners will be announced on January 10, 2019. 

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