The Women Film Critics Circle Award Nominations 2015 Revealed

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The Women Film Critics Circle has announced its 2O15 unique nominations for the best movies this year by and about women. And outstanding achievements by women, who rarely get to be honored historically in the film world.

The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 75 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media.

They came together in 2004 to form the first women critics’ organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices in film criticism need to be recognized fully. WFCC also prides itself on being the most culturally and racially diverse critics group in the country by far, and best reflecting the diversity of movie audiences.

Critical Women On Film, a presentation of The Women Film Critics Circle, is their journal of discussion and theory. And a gathering of women’s voices expressing a fresh and differently experienced perspective from the primarily male dominated film criticism world.

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BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN

Carol

Mustang

Suffragette

The Keeping Room

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN

Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Marielle Heller

Mustang: Deniz Gamze Erguven

Suffragette: Sarah Gavron

The Second Mother: Anna Muylaert

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]

Carol: Phyllis Nagy

Mustang: Deniz Gamze Erguven, Alice Winocour

Room: Emma Donoghue

Suffragette: Abi Morgan

BEST ACTRESS

Alicia Vikander: Testament Of Youth

Carey Mulligan: Suffragette

Cate Blanchett: Carol

Charlotte Rampling: 45 Years

BEST ACTOR

Abraham Attah: Beasts Of No Nation

Andrew Garfield: 99 Homes

Bryan Cranston: Trumbo

Eddie Redmayne: The Danish Girl

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS

Bel Powley: Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Brie Larson: Room

Dakota Fanning: Effie Gray

Saoirse Ronan: Brooklyn

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS

Amy Schumer: Trainwreck

Greta Gerwig: Mistress America

Maggie Smith: Lady In the Van

Melissa McCarthy: Spy

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Difret

Dukhtar

Mustang

The Second Mother

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Best Female Images in a Movie

BEST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

Suffragette

Testament Of Youth

WORST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE

Everly: All the women

Jurassic World: Bryce Dallas Howard

Fifty Shades Of Grey: Dakota Johnson

Trumbo: Helen Mirren

BEST MALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE

Bridge Of Spies

Lady In The Van

Mr. Holmes

Trumbo

WORST MALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE

Magic Mike XXL

Steve Jobs

Suffragette

The Big Short

BEST THEATRICALLY UNRELEASED MOVIE BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Bessie

Sworn Virgin

The Book Of Negroes

The Dressmaker

WOMEN’S WORK/BEST ENSEMBLE

Carol

Grandma

Suffragette

The Second Mother

SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING:

Angelina Jolie: By The Sea

Sarah Gavron: Suffragette

COURAGE IN ACTING [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]

Brie Larson: Room

Julianne Moore: Freeheld

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD: [Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]

Julianne Moore: Freeheld

Alicia Vikander: The Danish Woman

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Amy

He Named Me Malala

India’s Daughter

What Happened, Miss Simone?

BEST SCREEN COUPLE

45 Years: Charlotte Rampling/Tom Courtenay

Freeheld: Julianne Moore/Ellen Page

Iris: Iris Apfel/Albert Maysles

Room: Brie Larson/Jacob Tremblay

BEST FEMALE ACTION HERO

Mad Max: Charlize Theron

Sicario: Emily Blunt

Suffragette: Carey Mulligan

The Keeping Room: Brit Marling

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD

Cinderella: Cate Blanchett

Diary Of A Teenage Girl: Kristen Wiig

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women

He Named Me Malala

India’s Daughter

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America

The Keeping Room: Muna Otaru

What Happened, Miss Simone?

KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity

Learning To Drive

Suffragette

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ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: Adrienne Shelly was a promising actress and filmmaker who was brutally strangled in her apartment in 2006 at the age of forty by a construction worker in the building, after she complained about noise. Her killer tried to cover up his crime by hanging her from a shower rack in her bathroom, to make it look like a suicide. He later confessed that he was having a “bad day.” Shelly, who left behind a baby daughter, had just completed her film Waitress, which she also starred in, and which was honored at Sundance after her death.

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: The daughter of a laundress and a musician, Baker overcame being born black, female and poor, and marriage at age fifteen, to become an internationally acclaimed legendary performer, starring in the films Princess Tam Tam, Moulin Rouge and Zou Zou. She also survived the race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois as a child, and later expatriated to France to escape US racism. After participating heroically in the underground French Resistance during WWII, Baker returned to the US where she was a crusader for racial equality. Her activism led to attacks against her by reporter Walter Winchell who denounced her as a communist, leading her to wage a battle against him. Baker was instrumental in ending segregation in many theaters and clubs, where she refused to perform unless integration was implemented.

KAREN MORLEY AWARD: Karen Morley was a promising Hollywood star in the 1930s, in such films as Mata Hari and Our Daily Bread. She was driven out of Hollywood for her leftist political convictions by the Blacklist and for refusing to testify against other actors, while Robert Taylor and Sterling Hayden were informants against her. And also for daring to have a child and become a mother, unacceptable for female stars in those days. Morley maintained her militant political activism for the rest of her life, running for Lieutenant Governor on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. She passed away in 2003, unrepentant to the end, at the age of 93.

Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.