"The Artist" Tops Women Film Journalists EDA Awards Nominations, Check Out Their Fun Categories and their Hall of Shame! 


The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for the 2011 AWFJ EDA Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera.

While the awards contain the usual categories, also included are fun sections such as Best Depiction of Nudity and Actress Most in Need of a New Agent, take that Jennifer Aniston!

The winners will be announced on January 10, 2012, we'll see which one will take home the HALL OF SHAME Award!

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Film:

The Artist
The Descendants
Hugo
Melancholia
Midnight in Paris

Best Director:

Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Terrence Malick - Tree of Life
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Best Screenplay, Original

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Beginners - Mike Mills
Bridesmaids - Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
Win Win - Thomas McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted

The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
Moneyball - Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear

Best Documentary

Bill Cunningham New York
Buck
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Pina
Project Nim

Best Animated Film

Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda
Puss in Boots
Rango
Tintin

Best Actress

Viola Davis - Abileen Clark in The Help
Kirsten Dunst - Justine in Melancholia
Meryl Streep - Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - Eva Khatchadourian in We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Bernice Bejo - Peppy Miller in The Artist
Jessica Chastain - Celia Foote in The Help
Janet McTeer - Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan - Sissy Sullivan in Shame
Octavia Spencer - Minny Jackson in The Help

Best Actor

George Clooney - Matt King in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - George Valentin in The Artist
Michael Fassbinder - Brandon Sullivan in Shame
Brad Pitt - Billy Beane in Moneyball
Michael Shannon - Curtis in Take Shelter

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Brannagh - Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Bernie Rose in Drive
Christopher Plummer - Hal Fields in Beginners
Alan Rickman - Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Andy Serkis - in Planet of the Apes

Best Ensemble Cast

Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
Margin call
Midnight In Paris

Best Editing:

The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Tree of Life - Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
Warhorse - Michael Kahn

Best Cinematography:

The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
Hugo - Robert Richardson
Melancholia - Manuel Alberto Claro
Tree of life - Emmanuel Lubezki
Warhorse - Janusz Kaminski

Best Film Music Or Score:

The Artist - Ludovic Bource, Original Score
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Original Score
Hannah - The Chemical Brothers, Original Score

Best Non-English-Language Film:


Le Havre - Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/France
Pina - Wim Wenders, Germany
A Separation - Ashgar FarhadI, Iran
The Skin I Live In - Pedro Almodovar, Spain
Trollhunter - André Øvredal, Norway

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

Best Woman Director


Lynne Ramsey - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Dee Rees - Pariah
Vera Farmiga - Higher Ground
Kelly Reichardt - Meek’s Cutoff
Jennifer Yuh - Kung Fu Panda

Best Woman Screenwriter

Diablo Cody - Young Adult
Abi Morgan - The Iron Lady
Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Dee Rees - Pariah
Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo - Bridesmaids

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star

Rooney Mara — Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Helen Mirren - Rachel Singer in The Debt
Paula Patton - Jane in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna in Hanna
Zoe Saldana - Cataleya in Colombiana

Best Animated Female

Emily Blunt as Juliet in Gnomeo and Juliet
Isla Fisher as Beans in Rango
Anne Hathaway as Jewel in Rio
Salma Hayak as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots
Angelina Jolie - Tigress in Kung Fu Panda

Best Breakthrough Performance

Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien in Tree of Life
Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, Marcy May and Marlene in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Adepero Oduye as Alike in Pariah
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Shailene Woodley as Alexandra King in The Descendants

Female Icon Award

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis as Abileen Clark in The Help
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
Judi Dench as Anna Marie Hoover in J. Edgar Hoover
Helen Mirren as Rachel Singer in The Debt
Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia in Coriolanus
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry:

Jessica Chastain for performances in four highly acclaimed films
Thelma Schoonmaker for editing Hugo
Stacey Snider for helming Dreamworks
Kristin Wiig for Bridesmaids

AWFJ Award Humanitarian Activism

Sandra Bullock for tsunami relief
Elaine Hendrix for Animal Rescue Corps and In Defense of Animals
Angelina Jolie for UN work and making In The Land of Milk and Blood to raise awareness about genocide.
Elizabeth Taylor for her work with AIDS
Olivia Wilde for relief work in Haiti

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award


The Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable
I Melt With You, production and cast
Jack and Jill, production and cast
Something Borrowed, production and cast
Sucker Punch, production and cast

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Jennifer Aniston
Kate Hudson
Sarah Jessica Parker
Amanda Seyfried
All actresses in New Year’s Eve

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t:

Drive
The Future
Sucker Punch
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Young Adult

Unforgettable Moment Award:

The Artist - The sound of glass clinking on the table
Drive - The elevator scene
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Lisbeth’s revenge
The Help - The pie scene
Shame - Carey Mulligan singing New York, New York

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction:

A Dangerous Method - Carl Jung spanks Sabina Speilrein
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — Lisbeth mounts Mikael
Melancholia - Justine in the moonlight
Shame - Opening sequence on the subway train
Shame - Brandon with co-worker

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award:

Arthur
Cars 2
Hangover Part II
Hoodwinked 2
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Most Egregious Age Difference:

Albert Nobbs - Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasikowska (22)
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Daniel Craig (43) and Rooney Mara (26)
Midnight in Paris - Owen Wilson (43) and Léa Seydoux (26)
Sleeping Beauty - Emily Browning (23) and Man 1 (Peter Carroll, 1968), Man 2 (Chris Haywood, 63) and Man 3 (Hugh Keays-Byrne, 64)
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Bella (18) and Edward (over 100)

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Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Names "The Artist' Best Film of 2011, But What's the Worst Movie? 


The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle has announced the winners for its 6th Annual list of Awards for achievement in cinema and Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" led the pack winning the Best Film of 2011. Hazanavicius also took home the Best Director, while George Clooney won the Best Actor award for "The Descendants."

Michelle Williams was given the Best Actress award for "My Week with Marilyn" while Albert Brooks for "Drive" and Octavia Spencer for "The Help" received the Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress honors respectively.

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was given the Obviously Worst Film title, while "The Hangover: Part II" received the Not-So-Obviously Worst Film of the Year honor, HA!

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Film: "The Artist"

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Actor: George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "Moneyball"

Best Original Screenplay: "The Artist"

Best Animated Film: "The Adventures of Tintin"

Best Documentary Film: "Page One: Inside The New York Times"

Best Foreign Language Film: "The Skin I Live In"

Best First Feature: Sean Durkin, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Obviously Worst Film: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

Not-So-Obviously Worst Film: "The Hangover: Part II"

Best Guilty Pleasure: "Fright Night"

Top 10 Films (in order):

"The Artist"
"Drive"
"The Descendants"
"Hugo"
"Shame"
"Moneyball"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Melancholia"
"The Tree of Life"
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Everyone! 


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My Fun Gary Oldman Interview for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," He Gave Me the Best Quote Ever! 


I was nervous to meet Gary Oldman, I did not know how he would be in person, or gosh, how he would react to me HA! But to my surprise, he was funny, and was ready to play along. So we played, but we also ruminated on the excellent of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” Oldman gave a wonderfully subdued performance as George Smiley, the principal spy looking for a mole. It is fitting that he’s being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.

And Oldman gave me the best quote ever when I asked him how he was, he said, “I’m much better for seeing you!” Yay!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How happy he was that the producers went to him “first” to offer the role of Smiley. Normally, the actor said, he was the second or third choice, but this time around, he was the first!
*** How did he make sure that his take on the famous George Smiley character would be different from performances by other actors who have played the role before?
*** Did he put on some pounds to play the character?



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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Colin Firth Talks About “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 


It was a blessing meeting Colin Firth, finally! I was supposed to meet him for “Mamma Mia!” but my plane was delayed. And so, by sheer force of will, I finally was able to meet the Academy Award-winning actor for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” and I was so glad! He was down-to-earth, humble, and smart in person. In the film, he plays the mysterious Bill Haydon, and you will not forget his character’s comeuppance.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did he get attracted to working in the movie?
*** “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s” appeal, it’s a big blockbuster in the U.K.
*** The film’s cerebral quality that can be quite entertaining
*** Working with Director Tomas Alfredson
*** His character’s heartbreaking moment



Here's more on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" from Yahoo:

The time is 1973. The Cold War of the mid-20th Century continues to damage international relations. Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), a.k.a. MI6 and code-named the Circus, is striving to keep pace with other countries' espionage efforts and to keep the U.K. secure. The head of the Circus, known as Control, personally sends dedicated operative Jim Prideaux into Hungary.

Genres: Adaptation and Thriller

Running Time: 2 hr. 8 min.

Release Date: December 9th, 2011

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some sexuality/nudity and language.

Distributors: Focus Features

U.S. Box Office: $879,548

Cast and Credits

Starring: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Robyn Slovo (II), Eric Fellner

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