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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award ‘Boyhood, ‘Birdman,’ and Tilda Swinton

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award 'Boyhood, 'Birdman,' and Tilda Swinton

The Golden Globes were handed out last night, but that doesn’t mean critic and journalist organizations are done with their prizes. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists picked the winners of their annual EDA Awards (named after Eda Reiss Marin, mother of founder Jennifer Merin), and yet again, “Boyhood” won a Best Film award. 

“Boyhood’s” Richard Linklater was also picked as Best Director, but “Birdman” took home the most awards with a whopping six wins including the two it won at the Globes, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay (on that note: I like “Birdman” better than Criticwire editor Sam Adams, but the Screenplay is easily the worst part of the film). Other awards mostly went out to Oscar favorites like J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor, “Whiplash”) and Julianne Moore (Actress, “Still Alice”), but the AWFJ also gave their Best Supporting Actress prize to Tilda Swinton for “Snowpiercer.” 

More notable, however, are the AWFJ’s female-centric awards, which ranged from Best Female Director (Ava DuVernay for “Selma”) to Best Female Action Star (Emily Blunt for “Edge of Tomorrow”). They also gave special mentions that unfortunately aren’t Oscar categories: Best Depiction of Nudity, Sexuality or Seduction (Scarlett Johansson in “Under the Skin”), Actress Defying Age or Agism (Tilda Swinton again, on her way to be elected President of Criticville as per Mark Harris), and Actress Most in Need of a New Agent (Cameron Diaz).

The full list of winners is below:

Best Film

Best Director (Female or Male)
Richard Linklater for “Boyhood”

Best Screenplay, Original
“Birdman” – Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Nicholas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo

Best Screenplay, Adapted
“Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn

Best Documentary
“Citizenfour” – Laura Poitras

Best Animated Film
“The Lego Movie” – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Best Actress
Julianne Moore for “Still Alice”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Tilda Swinton for “Snowpiercer”

Best Actor
Michael Keaton for “Birdman”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash”

Best Ensemble Cast (tie)
“Birdman” – Francine Maisler, Casting Director
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Douglas Aibel (US), Antoinette Boulat (France), Simone Bar, Alexandra Montag (Germany), Debra Maxwell Dion (LA), Jina Jay (UK)

Best Editing
“Birdman” – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

Best Cinematography
“Birdman” – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Music Or Score
“Birdman” – Antonio Sanchez

Best Non-English-Language Film
“Ida” – Pavel Pawlikowski (Poland)

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Ava DuVernay for “Selma”

Best Woman Screenwriter
Gillian Flynn for “Gone Girl”

Best Female Action Star
Emily Blunt for “Edge of Tomorrow”

Best Breakthrough Performance
Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle”

Female Icon of the Year (tie)
(a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference)
Ava DuVernay
Laura Poitras


Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
“Under the Skin” – Scarlett Johansson

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Tilda Swinton

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest
“Magic in the Moonlight” – Colin Firth (b. 1960) and Emma Stone (b. 1988)

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Cameron Diaz for “Sex Tape”

Movie You Wanted To Love, But Just Couldn’t
“Inherent Vice”

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