January 26

THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS (AWFJ)ANNOUNCES THE 2020 EDA AWARD NOMINEES


THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS (AWFJ)
ANNOUNCES THE 2020 EDA AWARD NOMINEES

“NOMADLAND” RECEIVES MOST NODS WITH NOMINATIONS  IN NINE CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR FOR CHLOE ZHAO 
AND BEST ACTRESS FOR FRANCES MCDORMAND

“ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI” RECEIVES NODS IN EIGHT CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR FOR REGINA KING AND BEST ENSEMBLE

ADDITIONAL BEST ACTING NOMINATIONS INCLUDE CHADWICK BOSEMAN, CAREY MULLIGAN, RIZ AHMED, VIOLA DAVIS, 
DELROY LINDO AND VANESSA KIRBY

AWFJ’S UNIQUE CATEGORIES INCLUDE THE GRAND DAME, SHE DESERVES A NEW AGENT, AND HALL OF SHAME AWARDS

New York, NY — The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the  2020 AWFJ EDA Awards. This year, AWFJ presents EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard “Best Of” section, the “Female Focus” awards and the irreverent “EDA Special Mention” awards – including the She Deserves a New Agent Award and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award.

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

Regina King’s highly regarded ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI is honored with eight nominations in the “Best Of,” “Female Focus,” and “EDA Special Mention” categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Woman Director. 

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

Additionally, Fennell is nominated for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, along with Sophia Loren for her brilliant comeback and all of theFemale Film Festival Directors who successfully transitioned from live to online events.

“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,” says Jennifer Merin, EDA AWARDS and AWJF founder and film critic. 

“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.”

“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.”

Below is the entire list of this year’s nominees: 

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS
These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

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 CHACAGO 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 MOVIEFILM
  • 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.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS:  AWFJ, a not-for-profit corporation, is an international 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 of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting EDA awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies. More information about AWFJ, including the membership list, can be accessed at  www.awfj.org or sending inquiries to awfjinc@gmail.com

ABOUT THE EDA AWARDS:  The AWFJ presents EDA Awards to honor women’s achievements in front of and behind the cameras.  In addition to the annual end of the year awards, AWFJ presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Films at select film festivals, including Whistler Film Festival, IDFA,  DOXA. Edinburgh Film Festival. St. Louis International Film Festival and others. The EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and screen actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing member of AMPAS.

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Director/Screenwriter/Producer Chloé Zhao -“NOMADLAND”


Director Regina King – “ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI”

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Director/Writer/Performer Radha Blank – “THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION”


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Actress – Carey Mulligan – “PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN”

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Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr., Eli Goree, and Kingsley Ben-Adir 
Scene from “ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI” 



Scene from “NOMADLAND” – Frances McDormand

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