The Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2013 Nominees Announced

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Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller 'GRAVITY,' a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo © 2013 Warner Bros Entertainment Inc)

Founded in 2006, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ) is dedicated to supporting work by and about women in front of and behind the camera. The group’s annual awards feature the normal selection of categories as well as special categories, such as the Actress Defying Age and Agism award and the Female Icon award, specifically recognizing women standouts in feature films. And after watching hundreds of movies this year, the group (of which I’m a member) has selected the following nominees as the best of 2013 in feature films:
 
BEST FILM
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

 
BEST DIRECTOR
Joel and Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle
 
BEST SCREENPLAY, ORIGINAL
American Hustle – David O. Russell
Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener
Her – Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel and Ethan Cohen
Nebraska – Bob Nelson
 
BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena
Daniel Cretton – Short Term 12
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
After Tiller – Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
20 Feet From Stardom – Morgan Neville
Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
 
BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Croods – Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders
Despicable Me 2 – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
Frozen – Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki
 
BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Scarlett Johanson – Her
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
 
BEST ACTOR
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Joachin Phoenix – Her
Robert Redford – All is Lost
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bobby Cannavale – Blue Jasmine
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte – Nebraska
 
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Nebraska

 
BEST EDITING
12 Years a Slave – Joe Walker
American Hustle – Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse
Gravity – Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger
Rush – Anthony Dodd Mantle
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbit
All is Lost – Frank G. DeMarco and Peter Zuccarini
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners – Roger Deakins
 
BEST MUSIC OR SCORE
12 Years A Slave – Hans Zimmer
Gravity – Steve Price
Inside Llewyn Davis – T-Bone Burnett
Her – Arcade Fire
Nebraska – Mark Orton
 
BEST NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is The Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche – France
The Grandmaster – Wong Kar-Wai – Hong Kong
The Hunt – Thomas Vinterberg – Denmark
The Past – Asghar Farhadi – Iran
Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour – Saudi Arabia
 
EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS – These awards honor WOMEN only.
 
BEST WOMAN DIRECTOR
Lake Bell – In A World
Gabriele Cowperthwaite – Blackfish
Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
Jennifer Lee – Frozen
Sarah Polley – Stories We Tell
 
BEST WOMAN SCREENWRITER
Lake Bell – In A World
Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
Jennifer Lee – Frozen
Sarah Polley – Stories We Tell
 
KICK ASS AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE ACTION STAR
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick Ass 2
 
BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
Anna (Kristen Bell) in Frozen
Eep (Emma Stone) in The Croods
Elsa (Idina Menzel) in Frozen
 
BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now
 
ACTRESS DEFYING AGE AND AGISM
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
 
AWFJ FEMALE ICON AWARD
 
(Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.)
 
– Sandra Bullock for the strong, capable and very positive female image presented in Gravity
 
– Angelina Jolie for continued commitments to humanitarian causes, and for promoting awareness about breast cancer.
 
– Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle and Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and for handling her high degree of celebrity extremely well.
 
THIS YEAR’S OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT By A Woman In The Film Industry
 
(Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)
 
– Haaifa Al-Mansour for challenging the limitations placed on women within her culture.
 
– Cheryl Boone Isaac for becoming President of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
– Jahane Noujaim for risking life and limb to document the Egyptian revolution in The Square.
 
EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
 
AWFJ HALL OF SHAME AWARD
The Counselor – Ridley Scott
Grown Ups 2 – Dennis Dugan
Movie 43 – Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Dundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, Will Graham, James Gun, Brett Ratner, Jonathan van Tulleken, Bob Odenkirk
 
ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT
Cameron Diaz – The Counselor
Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgins, Ashley Benson, Rachle Korine – Spring Breakers
Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief, The Heat
 
MOVIE YOU WANTED TO LOVE but Just Couldn’t Award
All is Lost
Blue Is The Warmest Color
The Counselor

 
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT AWARD
Gravity – George Clooney reappears
12 Years A Slave – Patsy pleads for soap
Her – Phone sex sequences
Nebraska – “That’s not my air compressor”
12 Years A Slave – Solomon hanging
 
BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY, SEXUALITY, OR SEDUCTION AWARD
Blue Is The Warmest Color – Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos
Her – Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix
The Spectacular Now – Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller
 
SEQUEL OR REMAKE THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN MADE AWARD
Carrie
Grown Ups 2
The Hangover
Kick Ass
Oz, Great and Powerful

 
MOST EGREGIOUS AGE DIFFERENCE Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
August: Osage County – Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin
The Invisible Women – Ralph Feinnes and Felicity Jones
Last Vegas – Michael Douglas and Bree Blair
The Lifeguard – Kristen Bell and David Lambert
Oblivion – Tom Cruise and Andrea Reisborough/Olga Kurylenko
 
-Posted by Rebecca Murray

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