It’s officially official, my first official awards WFCC post…
These are the awards as voted for by the Women Film Critics Circle for this year.
Passing | Official Trailer | Netflix, Netflix
Eagle eyes who read this blog will have noticed that I am now a member of the Women Film Critics Circle. This meant I had the honour of voting for these film awards this year. These are the final awards with the most votes from the WFCC members, and these winners are not necessarily my choices. Passing received the most Winner and Runner up nominations over a number of categories.
Please bear this in mind if you choose to comment and note the Hall of Shame awards were individual choices and comments and I chose not to vote in this category…
So… I would like to take this opportunity to thank those film and television production houses for the screeners you sent. And that I’ll be reviewing a few of these 2021’s films, documentaries and more next year.
I’d also like to give a shout out to fellow members, Liron and Miri and Prairie for their hard work in tallying those votes. Below are the winners and the final nominations for these awards. The winners are in blue bold, the runner ups are seen in normal bold type and others nominated in normal type.
Also, I will be adding acceptance speeches as I get them… and a huge congratulations to all the winners, gallant runners up and nominations… you are all stars in my eyes!
Best Movie about Women
RUNNER-UP: The Lost Daughter
Being the Ricardos
Best Movie by a Woman
WINNER: Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
RUNNER-UP: Sian Heder – CODA
Nora Fingscheidt – The Unforgivable
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)
WINNER: Jane Champion – The Power of the Dog
RUNNER-UP: Rebecca Hall – Passing
Charlene Favier, Antoine Lacomblez and Marie Talon – Slalom
Sian Heder – CODA
WINNER: Kristen Stewart – Spencer
RUNNER-UP: Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
Sandra Bullock – The Unforgivable
Virginie Efira – Benedetta
WINNER: Will Smith – King Richard
RUNNER-UP: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Best Foreign Film About Women
RUNNER-UP: Drive My Car
I’m Your Man
Best Documentary By or About Women
WINNER: Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
RUNNER-UP: Introducing, Selma Blair
Best Equality of the Sexes
WINNER: King Richard
RUNNER-UP (TIE): Being the Ricardos
RUNNER-UP (TIE): The Harder They Fall
“Thank you to the Women Film Critics Circle Awards for selecting our film for this year’s Best Equality for The Sexes Award. The Williams Family is a true representation of grit and determination and it was an absolute pleasure to share their story. We’re delighted to accept the award and are grateful to share this recognition with our wonderful cast and crew.”
Best Animated Female
WINNER: Mirabel – Encanto
RUNNER-UP: Raya – Raya and the Last Dragon
Abuela Alma – Encanto
Gabi – Vivo
Best Screen Couple
WINNER: Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson – Passing
RUNNER-UP (TIE): Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur – CODA
RUNNER-UP (TIE): Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos
Anthony Ramos and Melissa Barrera – In The Heights
*Adrienne Shelly Award – For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
*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 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.
WINNER: Last Night in Soho
From Edgar Wright, this film’s director:
“I’m truly honoured to receive this award named after the great and dearly missed Adrienne Shelley. However no film is made alone and I would like to share this with the women who were instrumental in helping bring Last Night In Soho to the screen; my co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, my producers Nira Park and Rachael Prior, my researcher Lucy Pardee, and, of course, many others who made up our talented cast and crew, who all brought their stories and perspectives to the piece. I thank them all for their contributions in bringing the truly important themes of this film to the screen.”
*Josephine Baker Award – For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
*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 – For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
*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.
RUNNER-UP: Being the Ricardos
Acting and Activism Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
and the following awards are non-competitive, the Pauline Kael Awards… UNIQUE, PROVOCATIVE AND STYLISHLY OPINIONATED…
‘Criticism is the only thing that stands between the audience and advertising.’ – Pauline Kael
Best Female Action Hero
Courage in Acting [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]
Women’s Work: Best Ensemble Cast
The Invisible Woman’s Award [Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]
Appreciation note from Rae Dawn Chong:
This character epitomizes an invisible woman. Thank you for seeing her. I am truly honored. I once was reviewed by Ms. Kael and she was supportive and liked what I had done in a movie, so there is deep symmetry here. I love our movie The Sleep Negro and feel its message and heart are “right on time”. THANK YOU from my heart for seeing her. Thank you for giving the invisible woman her due. WE need to be noticed. She needs to be seen.Love,Rae Dawn Chong
Best Kept Secret – Overlooked Challenging Gems
Outstanding Series [Television or Streaming]
Mommie Dearest – Worst Screen Mom of the Year
Hall of Shame [Individual Member Picks]