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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announces 2020 EDA Award Nominees

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has released the 2020 nominees for the AWFJ EDA Awards. This year includes 25 categories with three sections: the “Female Focus” awards, “Best Of” section and the impertinent “EDA Special Mention” awards – containing the She Deserves a New Agent Award following the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award.

“Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2020 EDA Awards nominees genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity,” said EDA AWARDS and AWJF founder and film critic, Jennifer Merin. 

 Despite gender, these awards take women and men into consideration.

“Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender, but we are thrilled that in 2020 three female-directed films have emerged as our most nominated films. Even better, two of these and several other multi-nominated films tell stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds,” includes Merin.

Chloe Zhoe’s NOMADLAND is the most nominated film this year, earning nine EDA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film, Best Woman Screenwriter, Best Woman Director, Best Editing for Chloe Zhao, Best Cinematography and Best Actress, Grand Dame Award, and Most Daring Performance Award for Frances McDormand.

The well-thought of ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI directed by Regina King is pleased to receive eight nominations in the “Female Focus,” “Best Of” and “EDA Special Motion” categories with Best Director, Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Woman Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

With six nominations, Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN include Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Woman Screenwriter, Best Actress and Best Woman Director.

Furthermore, Fennell is also nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award as well as Sophia Loren for her marvelous return and all the Female Film Festival Directors that have effectively transitioned to online events.

“All in all, 2020 saw a bumper crop of female-directed and female-centered films that reached widespread audiences via online releases,” adds Merin. “From AWFJ’s point of view, that’s one ray of sunlight that has shown through this year’s pandemic darkness. We hope that trend will continue as our nation heals from its various ailments,” continues Merin.

This year’s list of nominees can be found below:

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS

Best Film

  • MINARI
  • NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
  • NOMADLAND
  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
  • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Best Director 

  • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
  • Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
  • Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW
  • Aaron Sorkin – TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
  • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Screenplay, Original 

  • MANK – Jack Fincher
  • PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN – Emerald Fennell
  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Aaron Sorkin

Best Screenplay, Adapted

  • FIRST COW – Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond
  • NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao
  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Kempt Powers

Best Documentary 

  • ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
  • ATHLETE A
  • CRIP CAMP
  • THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF
  • TIME

Best Animated Film

  • OVER THE MOON
  • SOUL
  • WOLFWALKERS

Best Actress 

  • Viola Davis – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM 
  • Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN
  • Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND
  • Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIE FILM
  • Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN
  • Amanda Seyfried – MANK
  • Yuh-Jung Youn – MINARI

Best Actor 

  • Riz Ahmed – SOUND OF METAL
  • Chadwick Boseman – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
  • Delroy Lindo – DA 5 BLOODS

Best Actor in a Supporting Role 

  • Sacha Baron Cohen – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
  • Bill Murray – ON THE ROCKS
  • Leslie Odom Jr – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director

  • DA 5 BLOODS – Kim Coleman
  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Kimberly Hardin
  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Francine Maisler

Best Cinematography 

  • MANK – Erik Messerschmidt
  • NOMADLAND – Joshua James Richards
  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tami Reiker

Best Editing 

  • ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Tariq Anwar
  • NOMADLAND – Chloe Zhao
  • THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Alan Baumgarten

Best Non-English-Language Film

  • ANOTHER ROUND – Denmark
  • BEANPOLE – Russia
  • THE MOLE AGENT – Chile
  • THE PAINTED BIRD – Czech Republic

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director 

  • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
  • Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
  • Regina King – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
  • Channing Godfrey Peoples – MISS JUNETEENTH
  • Kelly Reichardt – FIRST COW
  • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Woman Screenwriter 

  • Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
  • Emerald Fennell – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
  • Eliza Hittman – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
  • Chloe Zhao – NOMADLAND

Best Animated Female 

  • 22 in SOUL, Tina Fey
  • Mebh Óg MacTíre in WOLFWALKERS, Eva Whittaker 
  • Robyn Goodfellowe in WOLFWALKERS, Honor Kneafsey 

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance 

  • Radha Blank – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
  • Sidney Flanigan – NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
  • Helena Zengel – NEWS OF THE WORLD

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry 

  • All female heads of film festivals who successfully transitioned from live to online events to sustain festival culture through the pandemic.
  • All indie female writers and directors who normalized abortion as a vital element in the cultural conversation in films such as SAINT FRANCES, NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS, SISTER OF THE GROOM, ONCE UPON A RIVER, THE GLORIAS and others.
  • Emerald Fennell for creating a film that forces empathy to put an end  to the toxic sexist rape culture pervasive through modern history.
  • Sophia Loren for a brilliant comeback at age 86 in THE LIFE AHEAD, the latest in her record-setting career. Loren won a Best Actress Oscar in 1962 for TWO WOMEN and was the first actor to win for a foreign language movie. She was also nominated in 1965 for MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE. If she’s nominated in 2021, it will be a 56-year span between her two most recent nominations – the current record is held by Henry Fonda, who had a 41-year gap between nominations.

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Grand Dame Award for defying agism. 

  • Ellen Burstyn – PIECES OF A WOMAN
  • Tsai Chin –  LUCKY GRANDMA
  • Sophia Loren – THE LIFE AHEAD
  • Frances McDormand – NOMADLAND

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award 

  • THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY – Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang (23 years)
  • DEVIL ALL THE TIME – Riley Keough and Jason Clarke (20 years)
  • MANK – Amanda Seyfried and Charles Dance (39 years), Gary Oldman (27 years)
  • TENET – Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh (30 years)

She Deserves A New Agent Award 

  • Rose Byrne – LIKE A BOSS
  • Tiffany Haddish – LIKE A BOSS
  • Katie Holmes – DARE TO DREAM
  • Uma Thurman – WAR WITH GRANDPA

Most Daring Performance Award 

  • Maria Bakalova – BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
  • Haley Bennett – SWALLOW
  • Vanessa Kirby – PIECES OF A WOMAN
  • Elisabeth Moss – INVISIBLE MAN
  • Carey Mulligan – PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award 

  • THE CROODS: A NEW AGE 
  • DOOLITTLE
  • REBECCA

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award 

·         Shia LeBoeuf for his ongoing abusive behavior
·         Christopher Nolan for insisting that TENET be screened exclusively in theaters during a pandemic.
·         Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey at Cinestate for sexual harassment and abuse, and cover-up.

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Tatiana Ramirez

Tatiana Ramirez, also known as Tatis Iolani, is a bilingual Mexican-American with additional basic knowledge of Mandarin. She is currently studying at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast. Her expected graduation date is in the Fall of 2022. Tatis has already received an Associate of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Los Angeles Mission College. While completing her Associates Degree, she worked for two semesters hosting her own biweekly segment at Los Angeles Valley College KVCM Monarch Radio. During her time at KVCM, she was able to secure interviews with Latin Boy Band CNCO and Yashua Camacho. In the future she sees herself interviewing celebrities on the various color carpets, hosting live segments on the radio, and covering movie premieres and album releases. As someone who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, she aspires to be a source of inspiration and motivation for the people in her community. She currently hosts a podcast, “Tatis Iolani: You Never Know Con Que Te Va A Sorprender,” (You Never What/Who She'll Surprise You With Next,) where she interviews surprise guests for both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences. She is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), National Association of Hispanic Journalist (NAHJ) and the Alliance of Women in Entertainment at CSUN.

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