Women Film Journalists Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners! 

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners for the 2011 AWFJ EDA Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera!

I love their Special Mention Awards. Wait until you see who AWFJ voted for Actress Most in Need of a New Agent!

But surprise, surprise, "The Artist" took the crown for Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius! Great choice!

Here is the full list of winners (highlighted), to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Best Film:

The Artist
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris

Best Director:

Woody Allen - Midnight In Paris
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Terrence Malick - Tree of Life
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo

Best Screenplay, Original

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Beginners - Mike Mills
Bridesmaids - Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
Win Win - Thomas McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted (TIE)

The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
Moneyball - Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear

Best Documentary

Bill Cunningham New York
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Project Nim

Best Animated Film

Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda
Puss in Boots

Best Actress

Viola Davis - Abileen Clark in The Help
Kirsten Dunst - Justine in Melancholia
Meryl Streep - Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - Eva Khatchadourian in We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (TIE)

Bernice Bejo - Peppy Miller in The Artist
Jessica Chastain - Celia Foote in The Help
Janet McTeer - Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan - Sissy Sullivan in Shame
Octavia Spencer - Minny Jackson in The Help

Best Actor

George Clooney - Matt King in The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - George Valentin in The Artist
Michael Fassbinder - Brandon Sullivan in Shame
Brad Pitt - Billy Beane in Moneyball
Michael Shannon - Curtis in Take Shelter

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Brannagh - Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks - Bernie Rose in Drive
Christopher Plummer - Hal Fields in Beginners
Alan Rickman - Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Andy Serkis - in Planet of the Apes

Best Ensemble Cast

The Descendants
The Help
Margin call
Midnight In Paris

Best Editing:

The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Tree of Life - Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa
Warhorse - Michael Kahn

Best Cinematography:

The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
Hugo - Robert Richardson
Melancholia - Manuel Alberto Claro
Tree of life - Emmanuel Lubezki
Warhorse - Janusz Kaminski

Best Film Music Or Score: (TIE)

The Artist - Ludovic Bource, Original Score
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Original Score
Hannah - The Chemical Brothers, Original Score

Best Non-English-Language Film:

Le Havre - Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/France
Pina - Wim Wenders, Germany
A Separation - Ashgar FarhadI, Iran
The Skin I Live In - Pedro Almodovar, Spain
Trollhunter - André Øvredal, Norway


Best Woman Director

Lynne Ramsey - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Dee Rees - Pariah
Vera Farmiga - Higher Ground
Kelly Reichardt - Meek’s Cutoff
Jennifer Yuh - Kung Fu Panda

Best Woman Screenwriter

Diablo Cody - Young Adult
Abi Morgan - The Iron Lady
Lynne Ramsey and Rory Kinnear - We Need To Talk About Kevin
Dee Rees - Pariah
Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo - Bridesmaids

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star (TIE)

Rooney Mara — Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Helen Mirren - Rachel Singer in The Debt
Paula Patton - Jane in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna in Hanna
Zoe Saldana - Cataleya in Colombiana

Best Animated Female

Emily Blunt as Juliet in Gnomeo and Juliet
Isla Fisher as Beans in Rango
Anne Hathaway as Jewel in Rio
Salma Hayak as Kitty Softpaws in Puss in Boots
Angelina Jolie - Tigress in Kung Fu Panda

Best Breakthrough Performance

Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien in Tree of Life
Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, Marcy May and Marlene in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Adepero Oduye as Alike in Pariah
Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Shailene Woodley as Alexandra King in The Descendants

Female Icon Award

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis as Abileen Clark in The Help
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Actress Defying Age and Ageism

Glenn Close as Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs
Judi Dench as Anna Marie Hoover in J. Edgar Hoover
Helen Mirren as Rachel Singer in The Debt
Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia in Coriolanus
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry:

Jessica Chastain for performances in four highly acclaimed films
Thelma Schoonmaker for editing Hugo
Stacey Snider for helming Dreamworks
Kristin Wiig for Bridesmaids

AWFJ Award Humanitarian Activism

Sandra Bullock for tsunami relief
Elaine Hendrix for Animal Rescue Corps and In Defense of Animals
Angelina Jolie for UN work and making In The Land of Milk and Blood to raise awareness about genocide.
Elizabeth Taylor for her work with AIDS
Olivia Wilde for relief work in Haiti


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award

The Hollywood Reporter for failing to invite any women to join the Directors Roundtable
I Melt With You, production and cast
Jack and Jill, production and cast
Something Borrowed, production and cast
Sucker Punch, production and cast

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent

Jennifer Aniston
Kate Hudson
Sarah Jessica Parker
Amanda Seyfried
All actresses in New Year’s Eve

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t:

The Future
Sucker Punch
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Young Adult

Unforgettable Moment Award:

The Artist - The sound of glass clinking on the table
Drive - The elevator scene
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Lisbeth’s revenge
The Help - The pie scene
Shame - Carey Mulligan singing New York, New York

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction: (TIE)

A Dangerous Method - Carl Jung spanks Sabina Speilrein
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — Lisbeth mounts Mikael
Melancholia - Justine in the moonlight
Shame - Opening sequence on the subway train

Shame - Brandon with co-worker

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award:

Cars 2
Hangover Part II
Hoodwinked 2
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Most Egregious Age Difference: (TIE)

Albert Nobbs - Glenn Close (64) and Mia Wasikowska (22)
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Daniel Craig (43) and Rooney Mara (26)
Midnight in Paris - Owen Wilson (43) and Léa Seydoux (26)
Sleeping Beauty - Emily Browning (23) and Man 1 (Peter Carroll, 1968), Man 2 (Chris Haywood, 63) and Man 3 (Hugh Keays-Byrne, 64)
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - Bella (18) and Edward (over 100)

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"Joyful Noise" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton Get? 

The saying “the bigger the hair, the closer to God” is one of the catchphrases employed in the new film “Joyful Noise,” a musical dramedy that’s a little bit country, a little bit rap ‘n roll, and whole lot of sass.

Bringing the sass is the fiery pair of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Without the much-needed pairing between the two, the movie would have faltered. Latifah and Parton ignite the screen every time they are together. Read More...

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Vancouver Film Critics Love "The Artist," Fassbender, Olsen! Check Out Full List of Winners! 

When the nominations for the Vancouver Film Critics Circle were revealed on January 3rd, "The Artist" received the most nods. So it's just fitting that the excellent silent film by Michel Hazanavicius took home the top prize, the Best Film trophy, when the winners were announced today.

In the acting department, Michael Fassbender's raw performance in "Shame" won the Best Actor award, while Elizabeth Olsen beat both Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn") for the Best Actress trophy for her performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene."

Christopher Plummer's engaging portrayal of a father who came out gay later in life in "Beginners" received the Best Supporting Actor trophy, while Jessica Chastain, pretty much in everything she did in 2011, got the Best Supporting Actress nod.

Here is the full list of winners (highlighted), to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)


Café de flore

Small Town Murder Songs



Mohamed Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar

Patrick Huard, Starbuck

Peter Stormare, Small Town Murder Songs


Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method

Vanessa Paradis, Café de flore

Ingrid Veninger, i am a good person/i am a bad person

Rachel Weisz, The Whistleblower

Michelle Williams, Take This Waltz


Vincent Cassel, A Dangerous Method

Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Seth Rogen, Take This Waltz


Hélène Florent, Café de flore

Jill Hennessy, Small Town Murder Songs

Hallie Switzer, I am a good person/I am a bad person


David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method

Ed Gass-Donnelly, Small Town Murder Songs

Ken Scott, Starbuck

Jean-Marc Vallée, Café de flore


Daydream Nation

People of a Feather



The Artist

The Descendants

The Tree of Life


Michael Fassbender, Shame

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Michael Shannon, Take Shelter


Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn


Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Albert Brooks, Drive

Christopher Plummer, Beginners


Jessica Chastain, The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants


Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Terence Malick, The Tree of Life

Martin Scorsese, Hugo


Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The Interrupters

Nostalgia for the Light

Project Nim

Surviving Progress


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants

Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball


A Separation


The Kid with a Bike

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Miley Cyrus Experiences Growing Pains in "LOL." Check Out New Trailer! 
Hannah Montana is going to Paris!

Miley Cyrus is Lola who travels throughout her high school life with help from YouTube, iTunes, and Facebook. But when her mom, played by Demi Moore, accidentally reads her journal, problems arise.

"LOL" is the Lionsgate-Mandate Pictures remake of the 2008 French comedy and LIsa Azuelo, the original writer-director, is also remaking her own film. There's no release date set yet, come on Lionsgate, but you can see the trailer below:

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"Skin I Live In" Tops Goya Nominations! Banderas, Hayek Receive Nods! 

Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" snatched the most nominations for the XXVI Goya Awards, Spain's main national film awards and considered the Spanish equivalent to the Oscars. Starring Antonio Banderas, "The Skin I Live In" received 16 nods including Best Film.

Banderas was nominated for Best Actor and will compete with Daniel Bruhl for "Eva," Luis Tosar for "Minetras duermes," and Jose Coronado for "No Rest for the Wicked." The actor's co-star in the recent DreamWorks Animation "Puss in Boots," Salma Hayek, received a Best Actress nod for "As Luck Would Have It."

Winners for the XXVI Goya Awards will be revealed Feb. 19.

Here's the complete list of nominees:

The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodovar
No Rest for the Wicked, Enrique Urbizu
The Sleeping Voice, Benito Zambrano
Blackthorn, Mateo Gil

Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In
Benito Zambrano, The Sleeping Voice
Enrique Urbizu, No Rest for the Wicked
Mateo Gil, Blackthorn

New Director
Paula Ortiz, De tu ventana a la mía
Kike Maillo, Eva
Paco Arango, Maktub
Eduardo Chapero-Jackson, Verbo

Original Script
Miguel Barros, Blackthorn
Marti Roca, Sergi Belbel, Cristina Clemente and Aintza Serra, Eva
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Enrique Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide, No Rest for the Wicked

Adapted Script
Angel de la Cruz, Ignacio Ferreras, Paco Roca and Rosanna Cecchini, Wrinkles
Iciar Bollain, Katmandu
Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In
Benito Zambrano and Ignacio del Moral, The Sleeping Voice

Original Score
Lucio Godoy, Blackthorn
Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine, Eva
Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In
Mario de Benito, No Rest for the Wicked

Original Song
Debajo del limon, De tu ventana a la mia
Nana de la hierbabuena, La voz dormida
Nuestra playa eres tu, Maktub
Verbo, Verbo

Lead Actor
Daniel Bruhl, Eva
Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In
Luis Tosar, Mientras duermes
Jose Coronado, No Rest for the Wicked

Lead Actress
Veronica Echegui, Katmandu: un espejo en el cielo
Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
Inma Cuesta, La voz dormida
Salma Hayek, As Luck Would Have It

Supporting Actor
Juan Diego, 23-F: la película
Lluis Homar, Eva
Juanjo Artero, No Rest for the Wicked
Raul Arevalo, Cousins

Supporting Actress
Goya Toledo, Maktub
Maribel Verdu, De tu ventana a la mía
Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Intruders
Ana Wagener, The Sleeping Voice

New Actor
Jose Mota, As Luck Would Have It
Jan Cornet, The Skin I Live In
Adrian Lastra, Cousins
Marc Clotet, The Sleeping Voice

New Actress
Maria Leon, The Sleeping Voice
Blanca Suarez, The Skin I Live In
Michelle Jener, No tengas miedo
Alba Garcia, Verbo

Production Design
Andres Santana, Blackthorn
Toni Carrizosa, Eva
Toni Novella, The Skin I Live In
Paloma Molina, No Rest for the Wicked

Juan Antonio Ruiz Anchia, Blackthorn
Arnau Valls Colomer, Eva
Jose Luis Alcaine, The Skin I Live In
Unax Mendia, No Rest for the Wicked

David Gallart, Blackthorn
Elena Ruiz, Eva
Jose Salcedo, The Skin I Live In
Pablo Blanco, No Rest for the Wicked

Artistic Director
Juan Pedro de Gaspar, Blackthorn
Laia Colet, Eva
Antxon Gomez, The Skin I Live In
Anton Laguna, No Rest for the Wicked

Clara Bilbao, Blackthorn
Paco Delgado, The Skin I Live In
Maria Jose Iglesias Garcia, The Sleeping Voice
Patricia Monne, No Rest for the Wicked

Makeup and Hair
Ana Lopez-Puigcerver and Belen Lopez-Puigcerver, Blackthorn
Concha Rodriguez and Jesus Martos, Eva
Karmele Soler, David Marti and Manolo Carretero, The Skin I Live In
Montse Boqueras, Nacho Diaz and Sergio Perez, No Rest for the Wicked

Daniel Fontrodona, Marc Orts and Fabiola Ordoyo, Blackthorn
Jordi Rossinyol, Oriol Tarrago and Marc Orts, Eva
Ivan Marin, Marc Orts and Pelayo Gutierrez, The Skin I Live In
Licio Marcos de Oliveira and Ignacio Royo-Villanova, No Rest for the Wicked

Special Effects
Arturo Balseiro and Lluis Castells, Eva
Raul Romanillos and David Heras, Intruders
Reyes Abades and Eduardo Diaz, The Skin I Live In
Raul Romanillos and Chema Remacha, No Rest for the Wicked

Animated Feature
Carthago Nova
Papa, soy una zombi
The Little Wizard

Documentary Film
30 anos de oscuridad
El cuaderno de barro
Escuchando al juez Garzon

Ibero-American Film
Boleto al paraiso
Miss Bala
Un cuento chino
Violeta se fue a los cielos

European Film
Jane Eyre
The Artist
Un dios salvaje

Spanish Fiction Short
El barco pirata
Matar a un nino
El premio
Meine Liebe

Animated Short
Quien aguanta mas
Big Boy

Documentary Short
Nuevos tempos
Regreso a Viridiana
Virgen negra

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