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:
AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS
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
EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
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
EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
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