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Other female critics' group picks 'Pan's Labyrinth'

December 18, 2006 | 10:47 pm

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Winners of the awards bestowed by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists:

BEST FILM:
Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo del Toro

BEST DRAMA BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:
Little Children - Todd Field

BEST COMEDY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:
Little Miss Sunshine - Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

BEST SCREENPLAY WRITTEN BY A WOMAN:
Half Nelson - Anna Boden

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN:
Jesus Camp - Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE:
Dame Helen Mirren - The Queen

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDIC PERFORMANCE:
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS OR ACTOR IN SUPPORT OF A FEMALE
PROTAGONIST OR FEMALE PERSPECTIVE:
Jennifer Hudson - Dream girls

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE FOR A YOUNG ACTRESS:
Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST:
Little Miss Sunshine

HANGING IN THERE FOR THE BEST PERSISTENCE:
Deepa Mehta - Water

BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY OR SEXUALITY:
Little Children

DON'T STICK YOU HEAD IN THE SAND AWARD:
Jesus Camp - Heidi Ewing and Rachel

2006's OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A WOMAN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY:
For her amazing 2006 trifecta as Susan in Babel, Lena Brandt in The Good
German, and Sheba Hart in Notes On A Scandal, AWFJ officially dubs her
Cate the Great, and presents its 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award to
Cate Blanchett

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
For a treasury of extraordinary performances far too numerous to name
here, and much too memorable to make it necessary to do so, for her great
integrity in choosing and making the very most out of roles big and
small, for her ability to melt into the ensemble or seize the spotlight
with a single biting line delivery, for having the versatility to be as
at home in historical dramas as she is in James Bond pictures, for her
commitment to lending her abilities to the part rather than bending the
part to her abilities and for being famous not just as a powerhouse
performer but also as a woman who's a delightful colleague, always
supportive, ready with restorative humor and generous with handmade
needlepoint pillows for those whom she especially favors, it is with a
great hurrah that there's much more to come, that AWFJ presents its 2006
EDA Award for Lifetime Achievement to
Dame Judi Dench

AWFJ AWARD FOR HUMANITARIAN ACTIVISM:
For redirecting the spotlight that shines on her so that it illuminates
critical problems of child welfare, poverty, pandemic and prevasive
violence throughout the world, and for commiting her spirit, time and
material resources to their resolution, it is with profound respect and
appreciation that AWFJ presents its 2006 EDA Award for Humanitarian
Activism to
Angelina Jolie

AN ACTRESS DEFYING AGE AND AGISM:
For making career and life choices that let fans of all ages know that
becoming older is much easier and more joyful when it is not encumbered
by the prejudices society places upon it, it is with great enthusiasm
that AWFJ presents its 2006 EDA Award for Defying Age and Agism to
Dame Helen Mirren

ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A NEW AGENT:
Uma Thurman

MOVIES YOU WANTED TO LOVE BUT JUST COULDN'T:
Marie Antoinette

BEST DEPICTION OF NUDITY OR SEXUALITY:
Little Children

DON'T STICK YOU HEAD IN THE SAND AWARD:
Jesus Camp - Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

AWFJ HALL OF SHAME AWARDS:
A Good Year
Basic Instinct 2
Beerfest
Black Dahlia
Little Man
My Super-Ex Girlfriend
You, Me and Dupree
and
Mel Gibson, who has been awarded his place in the AWFJ Hall of Shame in
recognition of the sexism he displayed when, according to police reports,
he called a female officer 'sugar tits,' during his more famously
anti-Semitic rant. We wish to assure Mr. Gibson that we heard the full
scope of his rage that evening-- not just the Jewish part.

BEST OF THE FESTS: In Recognition of the outstanding films that premiered
and were seen at festivals during 2006, but have not yet found their way
into distribution.

Apart from That -- Randy Walker and Jennifer Shainin
This quirky, experimental first feature explores themes of loneliness,
relationship and the desire for love and acceptance. Using an amateur
cast, the filmmakers scheduled shooting two days on, one day off, so
they could rewrite the script as they went along, based on where the
actors were taking their roles. (Seen at Sundance)
Cats of Mirikatani - Linda Hattendorf
A wonderful documentary about how a courageous filmmaker managed to
change her subject's life for the better. (Seen at Tribeca Film
Festival)
Cinnamon - Kevin Jerome Everson
This experimental blend of documentary and narrative filmmaking presents
the story of a female drag racer whose family are all involved in the
exhilarating sport. (Seen at Sundance)
Falling - Barbara Albert
Working improvisationally with actors, Albert follows a group of
30-something Austrian women who reunite 14 years after their schooldays
at their teacher's funeral, and confront their unrealized dreams and
burdensome adult lives. Albert's portrait of the difficulties women face
is realistic, yet optimistic. (Seen at New York Film Festival)
Just Like The Son - Morgan J. Freeman
A sweet, simple story about a troubled teen who opens his heart to a
young, neglected boy. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)
Shadow of Afghanistan - Suzanne Bauman and Jim Burroughs
It took 20 years to complete this documentary chronicling developments
in Afghanistan, from Eisenhower's 1959 friendly visit, through Soviet
invasion and expulsion, the ensuing civil war, to post-9/11 American
bombing and occupation. The film uses extraordinary footage, some shot by
slain journalist Lee Shapiro, to present the lives of a beleaguered
people. (Seen at Tribeca Film Festival)
Snow Cake - Marc Evans
Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman give wonderful performances in this
film, which was flawlessly written by newcomer Angela Pell. (Seen at
Tribeca Film Festival)
Son of Man - Mark Dornford-May
An effective and powerful retelling of the Jesus Christ story,
transposed to Africa during civil war. It's intense and violent and
familiar and moving, all at once. (Seen at Sundance)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is a not-for-profit
association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature
writers working in print, broadcast and online media. Our purpose is to
support work by and about women-- both in front of and behind the
cameras-- though intra-group
promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting awards in
recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and
about women in the movies.


Jennifer Merin, New York
AWFJ President

AWFJ MEMBERS:

Thelma Adams - US Weekly
Marcy Dermansky - About.com
Lexi Feinberg - CinemaBlend.com
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters.com
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Jenny Halper - Track Entertainment (Secretary)
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute (Vice-President)
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide.com (Vice-President)
Jennifer Merin - New York Press (President)
Martha P. Nochimson - Cineaste
Shelli Sonstein - Q 104.3
Anne Thompson - The Hollywood Reporter
Kim Voynar - Cinematical.com
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today


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