Precursor: 14th Women Journalists Nominations (2020)

For the Women Film Journalists to nominate a strong slate of women is no surprise. For them to have a high chance of mirroring Oscar nominations is representative of a sea change in how cinema sees women as a creative force.

Nominations Tallies

(9) Nomadland
(8) One Night in Miami
(7) Promising Young Woman
(6) The Trial of the Chicago 7
(4) Mank, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Pieces of a Woman
(3) First Cow, Wolfwalkers

The Nominations

Best Film

Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Film

Over the Moon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

Best Director

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actress

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Yuh-jung Youn – Minari

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Bill Murray – On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami

Best Original Screenplay

Mank
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay

First Cow
Nomadland
One Night in Miami

Best Editing

One Night in Miami
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Cinematography

Mank
Nomadland
One Night in Miami

Best Non-English-Language Film

Another Round
Beanpole
The Mole Agent
The Painted Bird

Best Documentary

All In: The Fight for Democracy
Athlete A
Crip Camp
The Painter and the Thief
Time

Best Ensemble Cast

Da 5 Bloods
One Night in Miami
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Woman Director

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Channing Godfrey Peoples – Miss Juneteenth
Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Best Woman Screenwriter

Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Best Animated Female

22 – Soul (Tina Fey)
Mebh Og MacTire – Wolfwalkers (Eva Whittaker)
Robyn Goodfellowe – Wolfwalkers (Honor Kneafsey)

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance

Radha Blank – The Fory-Year-Old Version
Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Helena Zengel – News of the World

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry

ll female heads of film festivals who successfully transitioned from live to online events to sustain festival culture through the pandemic.
All indie female writers and directors who normalized abortion as a vital element in the cultural conversation in films such as “Saint Frances,” “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” “Sister of the Groom,” “Once Upon a River,” The Glorias” and others.
Emerald Fennell for creating a film that forces empathy to put an end to the toxic sexist rape culture pervasive through modern history.
Sophia Loren for a brilliant comeback at age 86 in “The Life Ahead,” the latest in her record-setting career. Loren won a Best Actress Oscar in 1962 for “Two Women” and was the first actor to win for a foreign language movie. She was also nominated in 1965 for “Marriage Italian Style.” If she’s nominated in 2021, it will be a 56-year span between her two most recent nominations – the current record is held by Henry Fonda, who had a 41-year gap between nominations.

Grand Dame Award

Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman
Tsai Chin – Lucky Grandma
Sophia Loren – The Life Ahead
Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age DifferenceAward

The Burnt Orange Heresy – Elizabeth Debicki, Claes Bang (23 years)
Devil All the Time – Riley Keough, Jason Clarke (20 years)
Mank – Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance (39 years) / Gary Oldman (27 years)
Tenet – Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh (30 years)

Most Daring Performance

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Haley Bennett – Swallow
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

She Deserves a New Agent Award

Rose Byrne – Like a Boss
Tiffany Haddish – Like a Boss
Katie Holmes – Dare to Dream
Uma Thurman – The War with Grandpa

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award

The Croods: A New Age
Doolittle
Rebecca

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award

Shia LeBoeuf for his ongoing abusive behavior
Christopher Nolan for insisting that “Tenet” be screened exclusively in theaters during a pandemic.
Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey at Cinestate for sexual harassment, abuse and cover-up.

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Data

Year Founded: 2006
First Awards: 2007 (14)

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