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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announce Their 2017 Film Award Winners

Earlier today, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced the winners of the AWFJ EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections – the ‘Best of’ section, the Female Focus awards, and the AWFJ Hall of Shame award.

Taking home the most awards was Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which won for Best Director, Best Film, and Bravest Performance Award for Sally Hawkins. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird also took home three awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Laurie Metcalf), Best Woman Director, and Best Woman Screenwriter. “This year was an important year for women to feel empowered to speak out and be heard,” said EDA Awards and AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and gender diversity in the movie industry is patently clear, and the time to stop sexual harassment in all industries is now. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and its core values. I am thrilled that for this year’s awards, our AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent and to recognize those who are leading with their voices to put an end to long time misconduct making the 2017 EDA Awards particularly relevant when art and film must be the vanguard of social progress.”

The full list of winners are as follows:

Best Film:

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Director:

Guillermo Del Toro – THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Screenplay, Original:

GET OUT – Jordan Peele

Best Screenplay, Adapted:

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Documentary:

FACES, PLACES

Best Animated Film (Tie):

COCO and LOVING VINCENT

Best Actress:

Frances McDormand – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD

Best Actor:

Gary Oldman – THE DARKEST HOUR

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Willem Dafoe – THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director:

MUDBOUND – Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram

Best Cinematography:

Roger Deakins – BLADE RUNNER 2049

Best Editing:

Lee Smith – DUNKIRK

Best Non-English-Language Film:

THE SQUARE

FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

Best Woman Director:

Greta Gerwig – LADY BIRD

Best Woman Screenwriter:

Greta Gerwig – LADY BIRD

Best Animated Female:

Parvana – THE BREADWINNER

Best Breakthrough Performance:

Brooklynn Prince – THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry:

Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and all who spoke out again sexual harassment

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism:

AGNES VARDA – FACES, PLACES

Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Lead and the Love Interest Award:

I LOVE YOU DADDY – Chloe Grace Moretz and John Malkovich

Actress Most in Need of a New Agent:

Kate Winslet for WONDER WHEEL and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Bravest Performance:

Sally Hawkins – THE SHAPE OF WATER

Margot Robbie – I, TONYA

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made

THE MUMMY

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award:

Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al

Do you agree with the list of AWFJ winners? How many of the films above have you seen and which was your favorite?

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