Moonlight is the big winner in this year’s 10th Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) EDA Awards, winning awards in seven categories.  AWFJ voters show love for director/activist Ava DuVernay with three EDAs, followed by Manchester By The Sea won two.

In the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is Moonlight, garnering EDA Awards in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, Best Screenplay (Adapted) for Jenkins, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Mahershala Ali, Best Ensemble Cast for Casting Director Yesi Ramirez, Best Cinematography for James Laxton and Best Editing for Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders.

Manchester By the Sea won EDA Awards for Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Screenplay (Original) for Kenneth Lonergan.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay won three EDAs for Best Documentary for 13th, Best Female Director for 13th and Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry for 13th and for raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood

The 2016 AWFJ EDA Awards reflect the organizations commitment to greater gender parity and diversity in the movie industry.

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Best Screenplay, Original: Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Best Screenplay, Adapted: Moonlight – Barry Jenkins
Best Documentary: 13th – Ava DuVernay
Best Animated Film: Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
Best Actress: Ruth Negga – Loving
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis – Fences
Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director: Moonlight – Yesi Ramirez
Best Cinematography: Moonlight – James Laxton
Best Editing: Moonlight – Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders
Best Non-English-Language Film: The Handmaiden – Park Chan-Wook, South Korea

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director: Ava DuVernay – 13th
Best Woman Screenwriter: Kelly Reichardt – Certain Women
Best Animated Female (tie): Judy in Zootopia – Ginnifer Goodwin; and Moana in Moana – Auli’i Cravalho
Best Breakthrough Performance: Ruth Negga – Loving
Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry:
Ava DuVernay – For 13th and raising awareness about the need for diversity and gender equality in Hollywood


Actress Defying Age and Ageism (tie): Annette Bening – 20th Century Women; and Isabelle Huppert – Elle and Things to Come
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award: Rules Don’t Apply – Warren Beatty (b. 1937) and Lily Collins (b. 1989)
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent: Jennifer Aniston – Mother’s Day and Office Christmas Party
Bravest Performance: Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t have been Made: Ben Hur
AWFJ Hall of Shame Award: Sharon Maguire and Renee Zellwegger for Bridget Jones’s Baby

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