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Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

Sarah Polley, Nicole Holofcener, Sandra Bullock Big Winners of AWFJ Awards

We previously wrote about the Alliance of Women Film Journalist (AWFJ) nominations, about which the big takeaway was that “female critics have more or less the same tastes as their male counterparts.” 

The AWFJ has announced their award winners, among whom Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) was the only winner of a category not specifically designated for a women. Nicole Holofcener swept the writing and directing categories in the “Female Focus” portion of the awards for her winsome romantic comedy Enough Said.

Sandra Bullock and Lupita Nyong’o were the only two actresses who won multiple prizes. Bullock’s turn as an astronaut lost in space in Gravity garnered her a Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star and recognition as an Actress Defying Age and Ageism. For her turn as a cotton picker in the deepest of despair in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o netted victories as Best Actress in a Supporting Roles and Best Breakthrough Performance.

Scroll down for the list of female winners: 

Best Documentary

Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley  

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Best Ensemble Cast

American Hustle


These awards honor WOMEN only. 

Best Woman Director

Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said

Best Woman Screenwriter

Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Best Animated Female

Anna (Kristen Bell) – Frozen

Best Breakthrough Performance

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

AWFJ Award 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. 

Angelina Jolie – For continued commitments to humanitarian causes, and for promoting awareness about breast cancer. 

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.

Haaifa Al-Mansour – For challenging the limitations placed on women within her culture by making the film “Wadjda.” 


Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Cameron Diaz – The Counselor

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction Award

Her – Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix 

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award (Tie)


Oz, Great and Powerful

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award

Last Vegas – Michael Douglas and Bre Blair (36 years)

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