Roma earned top honors from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists* (AWFJ), collecting five wins including Best Film. The compelling drama also won in the Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Non-English Language Film, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography categories.
The period comedy The Favourite also proved to be popular with AWFJ members. Olivia Colman’s performance earned her the group’s Best Actress award and the film picked up Bravest Performance, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Woman Screenwriter wins.
Black Panther and Can You Ever Forgive Me? won multiple awards, and the AWFJ recognized Won’t You Be My Neighbor? directed by Morgan Neville as 2018’s Best Documentary.
“Representing women film critics’ perspectives on the world’s constantly evolving cinema scene, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is proud that our 2018 EDA Awards nominees and winners genuinely reflect the movie industry’s advances in the cause of equality and diversity,” said Jennifer Merin, EDA AWARDS and AWJF founder and film critic. “Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender, but we also recognize the need to have categories that focus specifically on women’s achievements in an industry that still has a long way to go to reach gender parity and equal opportunity for all.”
Merin added, “All in all, 2018 produced a bumper crop of female-directed and female-centered films. Too few of them reached the mainstream, but we hope that AWFJ and the EDA Awards can help to rush such films into the current.”
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards Winners:
Alfonso Cuaron – ROMA
Best Screenplay, Original
THE FAVOURITE – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Best Screenplay, Adapted
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Nicole Holofcener, Jeff White
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – Morgan Neville
Best Animated Film
SPIDER-MAN INTO SPIDER-VERSE – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsay, Rodney Rothman
Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Regina King – IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
Ethan Hawke – FIRST REFORMED
Best Actor in a Supporting Road
Richard E Grant – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Best Ensemble Cast
BLACK PANTHER – Sarah Finn, Casting Director
ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron
ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron, Adam Gough
Best Non-English-Language Film
ROMA – Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS (These awards honor women)
Best Woman Director
Marielle Heller – CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Best Woman Screenwriter
Deborah Davis – THE FAVOURITE
Best Animated Female
Elastagirl – Holly Hunter, INCREDIBLES 2
Best Breakthrough Performance
Thomasin McKenzie – LEAVE NO TRACE
Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry
Rachel Morrison – For paving the road for women cinematographers with her Oscar nomination for Mudbound and scoring as DP on Black Panther.
EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Viola Davis – WIDOWS
Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Jennifer Lawrence – RED SPARROW
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT – Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson
Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made
AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
ALL ALLEGED ABUSERS: Including Weinstein, Moonves, CK, Spacey, Rush, Franco, Singer, Rose, Lauer et al.
* – I am a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists