The Shape Of Water
Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the film THE SHAPE OF WATER.

The women have voted! The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced the winners of the 2017 AWFJ EDA Awards, and in the ‘Best Of’ section, this year’s big winner is “THE SHAPE OF WATER“, garnering EDA Awards in two categories including Best Film, Best Director for Guillermo del Toro. The film’s lead actress, Sally Hawkins, was awarded an EDA Bravest Performance Award to make the film’s cume of three awards.

Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” was also honored with three awards that included Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf and two awards for Gerwig for Best Woman Director and Best Woman Screenwriter.

The Florida Project” won two EDA Awards for Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe and Best Breakthrough Performance for Brooklynn Prince.

In the EDA Special Mention Categories, documentary filmmaker Agnes Varda was voted the Actress Defying Age and Ageism Award, while receiving the Best Documentary Award for her film “Faces, Places.”

The AWJF chose to honor Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and all women who spoke out against sexual harassment with the EDA Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry.

The Annual AWFJ Hall of Shame Award was bestowed upon Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al.

“This year was an important year for women to feel empowered to speak out and be heard,” states EDA AWARDS and AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and gender diversity in the movie industry is patently clear, and the time to stop sexual harassment in all industries is now. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and it’s core values. I am thrilled that for this year’s awards, our AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent and to recognize those who are leading with their voices to put an end to long time misconduct making the 2017 EDA Awards particularly relevant when art and film must be the vanguard of social progress.”

AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS

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

Best Film
THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro – THE SHAPE OF WATER

Best Screenplay, Original
GET OUT – Jordan Peele

Best Screenplay, Adapted
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Best Documentary
FACES, PLACES

Best Animated Film (Tie)
COCO
LOVING VINCENT

Best Actress
Frances McDormand — THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Laurie Metcalf — LADY BIRD

Best Actor
Gary Oldman — DARKEST HOUR

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe — THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director
MUDBOUND – Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins — BLADE RUNNER 2049

Best Editing
Lee Smith — DUNKIRK

Best Non-English-Language Film
THE SQUARE

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD

Best Woman Screenwriter
Greta Gerwig — LADY BIRD

Best Animated Female
Parvana — THE BREADWINNER

Best Breakthrough Performance
Brooklynn Prince — THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Outstanding Achievement by A Woman in The Film Industry
Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and all who spoke out against sexual harassment

EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

Actress Defying Age and Ageism (name actress and film)
AGNES VARDA — FACES,PLACES

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award
I LOVE YOU DADDY — Chloe Grace Moretz and John Malkovich

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (name actress and film)
Kate Winslet for WONDER WHEEL and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Bravest Performance (name actress and film) (Tie)
Sally Hawkins — THE SHAPE OF WATER
Margot Robbie — I, TONYA

Remake or Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made
THE MUMMY

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award
Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al

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