THE WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATIONS 2018

As proud members of the Women Film Critics Circle, we are pleased to present our 2018 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 80 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.


BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN

Mary Shelley

Roma

The Favourite

Widows


BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Leave No Trace

The Kindergarten Teacher

You Were Never Really Here


BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]

Sara Colangelo: The Kindergarten Teacher

Debra Granik: Leave No Trace

Tamara Jenkins: Private Life

Audrey Wells: The Hate U Give


BEST ACTRESS

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Olivia Colman, The Favourite Viola Davis, Widows

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher


BEST ACTOR

Ben Foster, Leave No Trace

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Hugo Weaving, Black 47

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS

Helena Bonham Carter, 55 Steps

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Kathryn Hahn, Private Life

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


BEST YOUNG ACTRESS

Elle Fanning, Mary Shelley

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give


BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

Capernaum

Happy As Lazzaro

Roma

Zama


BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

RBG

Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland

Seeing Allred

Shirkers


WOMEN’S WORK/BEST ENSEMBLE

55 Steps

Ocean's Eight

The Favourite

Widows


SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS


COURAGE IN FILMMAKING

Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mary Shelley

Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher

Sandra Luckow, That Way Madness Lies

Jennifer Fox, The Tale


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

Helena Bonham Carter: 55 Steps

Viola Davis: Widows

Nicole Kidman: Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy: Can You Ever Forgive Me?


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

Call Her Ganda

I Am Not A Witch

On Her Shoulders

Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland


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

If Beale Street Could Talk

Life And Nothing More

The Hate U Give

Widows


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

93 Queen

On The Basis Of Sex

Roma

Woman Walks Ahead


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

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma Glenn Close, The Wife Andrea Riseborough, Nancy

The Women Of Widows


BEST SCREEN COUPLE

A Star Is Born

Crazy Rich Asians

Disobedience

If Beale Street Could Talk


BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES

Adrift

55 Steps

Black Panther

RGB


MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD

Krista Allen, Party Mom

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Jackie Weaver, Widows


BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES

Black Panther

Like Me

On The Basis Of Sex

Widows


BEST ANIMATED FEMALES

Incredibles 2

Liyana

Mary And The Witch's Flower

Mirai No Mirai


BEST FAMILY FILM

Eighth Grade

Incredibles 2

Science Fair

The Hate U Give


WFCC HALL OF SHAME

Bryan Singer


*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 shower20rack in her bathroom, to make it look like 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.




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