The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Honors Banshees

Here are the 2022 picks for the best (and, in some cases, worst) of 2022 from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists!

Best Film
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
The Woman King
Women Talking

Best Director
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Sarah Polley, Women Talking
Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Woman King
Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Charlotte Wells, Aftersun

Best Actor
Austin Butler, Elvis
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Bill Nighy, Living
Jeremy Pope, The Inspection

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, TÁR
Viola Davis, The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler, Till
Vicki Krieps, Corsage
Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actor
Brendon Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
Eddie Redmayne, The Good Nurse
Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Ben Whishaw, Women Talking

Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Jessie Buckley, Women Talking
Hong Chau, The Whale
Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin (TIE)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once (TIE)
Janelle Monáe, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Best Original Screenplay
Charlotte Wells, Aftersun
Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner, The Fabelmans
Todd Field, TÁR
Dana Stevens & Maria Bello, The Woman King

Best Adapted Screenplay
Edward Berger, Lesley Patterson, & Ian Stokell, All Quiet on the Western Front
Rian Johnson, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Rebecca Lenkiewicz, She Said
Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale
Sarah Polley, Women Talking
Alice Birch, Emma Donoghue, & Sebastian Lelio, The Wonder

Best Animated Film
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Guiilermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson)
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (Dean Fleischer-Camp)
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Joel Crawford and Januel Mercado)
The Sea Beast (Chris Williams)
Turning Red (Domee Shi)
Wendell & Wild (Henry Selick)

Best Documentary
All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen)
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Laura Poitras)
Descendant (Margaret Brown)
Fire of Love (Sara Dosa)
Good Night Oppy (Ryan White)
The Janes (Tia Lessen and Emma Pildes)

Best Non-English-Language Film
All Quiet on the Western Front
Decision to Leave (TIE)
Saint Omer

Best Ensemble Cast (Casting Director)
The Banshees of Inisherin (Louise Kiely)
Everything Everywhere All at Once (Sarah Finn)
Triangle of Sadness (Pauline Hansson)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Sarah Finn)
The Woman King (Aisha Coley)
Women Talking (John Buchan & Jason Knight)

Best Cinematography
Ben Davis, The Banshees of Inisherin
Roger Deakins, Empire of Light
Larkin Seiple, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Janusz Kamiński, The Fabelmans
Claudio Miranda, Top Gun: Maverick (TIE)
Polly Morgan, The Woman King (TIE)

Best Editing
Jonathan Redmond & Matt Villa, Elvis
Paul Rogers, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Monika Willis, TÁR
Eddie Hamilton, Top Gun: Maverick
Terilyn A. Shropshire, The Woman King
Roslyn Kalloo & Chris Donaldson, Women Talking

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Chinoye Chukwu, Till
Marie Kreutzer, Corsage
Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Woman King
Sarah Polley, Women Talking
Maria Schrader, She Said
Charlotte Wells, Aftersun

Best Woman Screenwriter
Alice Birch, The Wonder & Mothering Sunday
Rebecca Lenkiewicz, She Said
Sarah Polley, Women Talking
Domee Shi, Turning Red
Dana Stevens and Maria Bello, The Woman King
Charlotte Wells, Aftersun

Best Animated Female
Connie – Isabella Rossellni (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On)
Izzy – Keke Palmer (Lightyear)
Kat – Lyric Ross (Wendell & Wild)
Kitty Softpaws – Salma Hayek (Puss in Boots: The Last Wish)
Mei – Rosalyn Chiang (Turning Red)
Ming – Sandra Oh (Turning Red)

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance
Frankie Corio, Aftersun
Danielle Deadwyler, Till
Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Thuso Mbedu, The Woman King
Amber Midthunder, Prey
Sadie Sink, The Whale

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
* Viola Davis for getting “The Woman King” made as her lifetime passion project and creating opportunities for other women creatives.
* Nina Menkes and Maria Giese for making “Brainwashed,” analyzing and illustrating the misogynistic representation of women in Hollywood movies.
* Domee Shi for being the first woman to direct a film for Pixar and for becoming Pixar’s VP of Creative
* Jacqueline Stewart for ongoing advocacy of the underrepresented and becoming president of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
* Michelle Yeoh – lifetime achievement award.


Grand Dame Award for defying ageism.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Viola Davis
Emma Thompson
Michelle Yeoh

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award
Confess Fletch – Jon Hamm (born 1971) and Lorenza Izzo (born 1989)
Crimes of the Future – Viggo Mortensen (born 1958) and Lea Sedoux (born 1985)
Deep Water – Ben Affleck (born 1972) and Ana de Armas (born 1988)
Eiffel – Romain Duris (born 1974) and Emma Mackey (born 1996)

She Deserves A New Agent Award
(AWFK note: This is not a put down. On the contrary, it suggests that the actor is better than the role she’s been given.)
Ana de Armas, Blonde
Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World: Dominion
Margot Robbie, Babylon
Rebel Wilson, Senior Year

Most Daring Performance
Cate Blanchett, TÁR
Viola Davis, The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler, Till
Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award
Halloween Ends
Jurassic World: Dominion
Pinocchio (Disney’s)

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award (Women and men are eligible)
* Alec Baldwin and the crew of “Rust” for continuing to deny responsibility for the on set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The situation is still messy. A wrongful death lawsuit was settled, but the criminal investigation continues. In November, Baldwin sued crew members for giving him the loaded prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. News reports say Baldwin also texted Hutchins’s husband, Matthew, saying that the gun was never meant to be fired at a particular camera angle.
* “Blonde” and Andrew Dominik
* Will Smith for his behavior at the Oscars and in the aftermath.
* Harvey Weinstein for everything and forever.

4 responses to “The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Honors Banshees

  1. Well…from the top of Mt. Everest to the bottom of the ocean…that was my journey with “Banshees”….what started out so engaging quickly fell apart for me…not sure why but so did “three billboards” a few years ago…interesting to see all of the nominees – and we all have our own particular taste so I am interested to see your list!

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