The Women Film Critics Circle Honors Promising Young Woman


The Women Film Critics Circle Have announced their picks for the best of the year.  And here they are:

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
WINNER: Promising Young Woman
Runner Up: Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Ammonite
Antebellum

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
WINNER: Nomadland – Chloe Zhao
Runner Up: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Eliza Hittman
One Night in Miami – Regina King

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)
WINNER: Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Eliza Hittman
Runner Up: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
Nomadland – Chloe Zhao
The United States vs. Billie Holiday – Suzan-Lori Parks

BEST ACTRESS
WINNER: Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Runner Up (tie): Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Runner Up (tie): Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

BEST ACTOR
WINNER: Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Runner Up: Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
WINNER: La Llorona
Runner Up: True Mothers
The Truth (La Verite)
Two of Us (Deux)

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
WINNER: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story
Runner Up: Time
All In: The Fight For Democracy
I Am Greta

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
WINNER: Emma
Runner Up: I Care A Lot
Malcolm & Marie
Radioactive

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
WINNER: Fei Fei – Over the Moon
Runner Up: Mebh Og MacTire – Wolfwalkers
Libba – Soul
Robyn Goodfellowe – Wolfwalkers

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
WINNER: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite
Runner Up: Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel – News of the World
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti – Palm Springs
Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier – Two of Us (Deux)

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD – For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
Adrienne Shelly was a promising actress and filmmaker who was brutally strangled in her apartment in 2006 at the age of forty by a construction worker in the building, after she complained about noise. Her killer tried to cover up his crime by hanging her from a shower20rack in her bathroom, to make it look like suicide. He later confessed that he was having a “bad day.” Shelly, who left behind a baby daughter, had just completed her film Waitress, which she also starred in, and which was honored at Sundance after her death.

WINNER: Promising Young Woman
Runner Up: The Invisible Man
I’m Your Woman
The Assistant

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD – For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
The daughter of a laundress and a musician, Baker overcame being born black, female and poor, and marriage at age fifteen, to become an internationally acclaimed legendary performer, starring in the films Princess Tam Tam, Moulin Rouge and Zou Zou. She also survived the race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois as a child, and later expatriated to France to escape US racism. After participating heroically in the underground French Resistance during WWII, Baker returned to the US where she was a crusader for racial equality. Her activism led to attacks against her by reporter Walter Winchell who denounced her as a communist, leading her to wage a battle against him. Baker was instrumental in ending segregation in many theaters and clubs, where she refused to perform unless integration was implemented.

WINNER: Miss Juneteenth
Runner Up: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Antebellum
The Forty-Year-Old Version

KAREN MORLEY AWARD – For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
Karen Morley was a promising Hollywood star in the 1930s, in such films as Mata Hari and Our Daily Bread. She was driven out of Hollywood for her leftist political convictions by the Blacklist and for refusing to testify against other actors, while Robert Taylor and Sterling Hayden were informants against her. And also for daring to have a child and become a mother, unacceptable for female stars in those days. Morley maintained her militant political activism for the rest of her life, running for Lieutenant Governor on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. She passed away in 2003, unrepentant to the end, at the age of 93.

WINNER: The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Runner Up: Shirley
Radium Girls
The Glorias

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD
Regina King – The first celebrity to commit to the Time’s Up ‘4% Challenge’ which urges the industry to hire more women directors, the award winning actress has also pledged to have women make up fifty percent of the crews for her films.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Julie Andrews

**WFCC PAULINE KAEL SPECIAL JURY AWARDS 2020**

BEST FEMALE ACTION HERO
WINNER: Janelle Monae – Antebellum
Runner Up: Jodie Foster – The Mauritanian

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING
WINNER: Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Runner Up: Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always

COURAGE IN ACTING  
Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen
WINNER: Janelle Monae – Antebellum
Runner Up: Elizabeth Moss – The Invisible Man

WOMEN’S WORK – BEST ENSEMBLE CAST  
WINNER: Radium Girls
Runner Up: The Glorias

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD 
Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored
WINNER: Cicely Tyson – A Fall From Grace
Runner Up: Dianne Wiest – I Care A Lot

BEST KEPT SECRET – Overlooked Challenging Gems
WINNER: Ammonite
Runner Up: Swallow

WOMEN SAVING THEMSELVES AWARD
WINNER: Claire Dunn – Herself
Runner Up: Elizabeth Moss – The Invisible Man

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR 
WINNER: Sarah Paulson – Run

HALL OF SHAME
Rudy Giuliani – For removing any doubt about the kind of creepy predator he is, in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Of course there were no consequences for his behavior, even though it was captured on film and broadcast worldwide.
Dennis Harvey – in his Variety review for Promising Young Woman, stating Carey Mulligan is not ‘hot enough’ for the role. Not to mention perpetuating the lie that rape is about sex and not violence against women. And, why we need women film critics more than ever…
The Prom – for casting straight actors in queer roles in the most anticipated lesbian movie of the year, and making it seem like overcoming homophobia is as simple as singing a song.
Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey – For sexual harassment and abuse at Cineaste Magazine, and the cover-up.​

2 responses to “The Women Film Critics Circle Honors Promising Young Woman

  1. Pingback: Lisa Marie’s Week In Reivew: 3/1/21 — 3/7/21 | Through the Shattered Lens

  2. The Hall Of Shame asserts that Variety’s Dennis Harvey stated that Mulligan wasn’t hot enough for her role, when that was in fact a quote not from his writing but from Mulligan who said that this is how his words made her feel. It’s an important distinction, and those who rightfully wish to discuss/debate such important issues as ‘male discourse around female appearance’ stand to lose credibility because of the kind of outright objective inaccuracy. What Mulligan said was a reasonable interpretation of – and reaction to – what the reviewer wrote, but it’s still an interpretation, not a quote.

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