Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is an international not-for-profit 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 and behind the camera.   At the 2016 year-end, AWFJ presented its Best Of, EDA (Excellent Dynamic Activism) Female Focus, and EDA Special Mention award categories.

The winners list was colored with Black Girl Magic as Ava DuVernay (13th), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Viola Davis (Fences) took home top awards.

Ava DuVernay won Best Documentary (13th), Best Woman Director (13th), and was honored with Outstanding Achievement By a Woman in the Film Industry (13th and for raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood).

Ruth Negga won Best Actress (Loving) and Best Breakthrough Performance (Loving).

Viola Davis won Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Fences)

“This year has brought heightened awareness of the impact movies and cinema culture have on setting our social norms,” said EDA Award and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and greater diversity in the movie industry is patently clear. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and core values. I’m thrilled that in our 10th anniversary awards season AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent representing such a broad spectrum of perspectives, making the 2016 EDA Awards particularly relevant at a time when art and film, in particular must be the vanguard of social progress.”

For the complete list of winners, please view below:


These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight

Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Screenplay, Adapted: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay

Best Animated Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Best Actress: Ruth Negga – Loving

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis – Fences

Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Moonlight – Yesi Ramirez

Best Cinematography: Moonlight – James Laxton

Best Editing: Moonlight – Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders

Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook


These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay -13th

Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly Reinhardt – Certain Women

Best Animated Female (tie):

Judy in Zootopia – Ginnifer Goodwin

Moana in Moana – Auli’i Cravalho

Best Breakthrough Performance: Ruth Negga – Loving

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry:

Ava DuVernay – For 13th and raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood


Actress Defying Age and Ageism (tie):

Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award : Rules Don’t Apply – Warren Beatty (b. 1937) and Lily Collins (b. 1989)

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent: Jennifer Aniston – Mother’s Day and Office Christmas Party

Bravest Performance: Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t have been Made: Ben Hur

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellwegger for Bridget Jones’s Baby