"Carol" Leads EDA Awards Nominations by Alliance of Women Film Journalists! 

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their 2015 EDA Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera. According to their site, "the EDAs are named in honor of AWFJ founder Jennifer Merin’s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS."

Todd Haynes' "Carol" led the pack with nine nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with six, "Room" and "Spotlight" with five each, and "The Martian" with four.

I wish I can vote for the EDA Awards because their Special Mention Awards are just too darn fun with categories like "Best Nudity," and "Actress Most In Need of a New Agent!"

Winners of the 2015 EDA Awards will be announced on January 12.

And the nominees are:

Best Film
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Best Director

Lenny Abramson – Room
Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu – The Revenant
Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
George Miller – Mad Max Fury Road
Ridley Scott – The Martian

Best Screenplay, Original

Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley
Spotlight – Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted

The Big Short – Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Carol – Phyllis Nagy
The Martian – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue

Best Documentary

Amy – Asif Kapadia
Best of Enemies – Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney
The Hunting Ground – Kirby Dick
What Happened, Ms. Simone? – Liz Garbus

Best Animated Film

Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina
Kate Winslett – Steve Jobs

Best Actor
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo Di Caprio – The Revenant
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone – Creed

Best Ensemble Cast

The Big Short
Straight Outta Compton

Best Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
Spotlight – Tom McArdle

Best Cinematography
Carol – Edward Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Music Or Score

Carol – Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
Mad Max: Fury Road – Junkie XL
Youth – David Lang

Best Non-English-Language Film
Mustang – Deniz Gamze Eguven
Phoenix – Christian Petzold
Son of Saul – Lazlo Nemes

These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director

Isabel Coixet – Learning to Drive
Maya Forbes – Infinitely Polar Bear
Sarah Gavron – Suffragette
Marielle Heller – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Celine Sciamma – Girlhood

Best Woman Screenwriter

Emma Donoghue – Room
Marielle Heller – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Phyllis Nagy – Carol
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

Best Female Action Star

Emily Blunt – Sicario
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games Mocking Jay 2
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Charleze Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Breakthrough Performance

Brie Larson – Room
Bel Powley – Diary of a Teenage Girl
Daily Ridley – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Alica Vikander – Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Danish Girl

Female Icon of the Year Award (a woman whose work in film and/or in life made a difference)

Chantal Ackerman – In Memoriam For being a great filmmaker and sinpiration.
Maria Geise – Activist filmmaker who is spearheading the movement for parity for women directors.
Donna Langley – Chair(wo)man, Universal Pictures, who has brought the studio to unprecedented profits.
Jennifer Lawrence – For breaking the silence about discriminatory practices and unequal pay for actresses.
Charlotte Rampling – Because she’s Charlotte Rampling and is iconic.


Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
Diary of a Teenage Girl

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Helen Mirren
Charlotte Rampling
Lily Tomlin

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Lead and The Love Interest Award

Danny Collins – Al Pacino and Katarina Cas
Freeheld – Julianne Moore and Ellen Page
Irrational Man – Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone
Spectre – Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
Dakota Johnson – 50 Shades of Gray
Emma Stone – Aloha

Movie You Wanted To Love, But Just Couldn’t
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight

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