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The Women Film Critics Circle Announces Its Nominee Award Picks For 2011

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The Women Film Critics Circle has announced its 2O11 nominations for the best movies this year by and about women, and outstanding achievements by women, who get to be rarely honored historically, in the film world.

The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 57 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.

WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE
CRITICAL WOMEN ON FILM
Criticalwomen@gmail.com

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
The Iron Lady
Pariah
We Need To Talk About Kevin
The Whistleblower

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Albert Nobbs
Cracks
The Help
Rid Of Me

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
In The Land Of Blood And Honey [Angelina Jolie]
The Iron Lady [Abi Morgan]
Pariah [Dee Reese]
We Need To Talk About Kevin [Lynne Ramsay]

BEST ACTRESS:
Jessica Chastain: The Debt/The Help
Viola Davis: The Help
Meryl Streep: The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton: We Need To Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR:
George Clooney: The Descendants
Jean Dujardin: The Artist
Tom Hardy: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy/Warrior
Ryan Gosling: Drive/The Ides Of March

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS
Katy O'Grady: Rid Of Me
Melissa McCarthy: Bridesmaids
Sara Jessica Parker: I Don't Know How She Does It
Kristen Wiig: Bridesmaids/Paul

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
Jordana Beatty: Judy Moody
Liana Liberato: Trust
Amara Miller: The Descendants
Shailene Woodley: The Descendants

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
The Hedgehog
A Separation
In The Land Of Blood And Honey
When We Leave

BEST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE
Albert Nobbs
The Iron Lady
Soul Surfer
The Whistleblower

WORST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE
Jack And Jill
Melancholia
My Week With Marilyn
Young Adult

BEST MALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE
50/50
The Descendants
Meet Monica Velour
Of Gods And Men

WORST MALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE
Hangover 2
No Strings Attached
The Skin I Live In
Straw Dogs

BEST DOCUMENTARIES BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
The Price Of Sex
Semper Fi
The Woman With The Five Elephants
Women Art Revolution

BEST FAMILY FILM
Hugo
Judy Moody
The Muppets
Tintin

BEST ANIMATED FEMALES
Arthur Christmas
Gnomeo And Juliet
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss N Boots 3D

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
The Debt
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Iron Lady
Midnight In Paris

COURAGE IN ACTING
Josiane Balasko: The Hedgehog
Mimi Chakarova: The Price Of Sex
Glenn Close: Albert Nobbs
Tilda Swinton: We Need To Talk About Kevin

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD
Miral: Hiram Abbass
Danai Gurira, Three Backyards
Red Shirley
Michelle Williams: Meeks Cutoff

WOMEN'S WORK: BEST ENSEMBLE
Albert Nobbs
Bridesmaids
The Help
The Whistleblower

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
The Artist
Gnomeo And Juliet
The Iron Lady
Like Crazy

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Hiam Abbass
Kathy Bates
Cicely Tyson
Michelle Yeoh

ACTING AND ACTIVISM
Mia Farrow
Daryl Hannah
Elizabeth Taylor
Alfre Woodard

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD
In A Better World
In The Land Of Blood And Honey
Life Above All
The Whistleblower

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD
America
The Help
Pariah
3 Backyards

KAREN MORLEY AWARD
Albert Nobbs
The Conspirator
Meek's Cutoff
Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

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

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

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

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

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

Prairie Miller is a multimedia journalist online, in print and on radio, and is a member of The Women Film Critics Circle. Contact her through NewsBlaze.

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