FILMS and TV… Women Film Critics Circle 2021 Awards

#2020s

 

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

WINNER: Passing

RUNNER-UP: The Lost Daughter

Being the Ricardos

CODA

 

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

 

Best Actress

WINNER: Kristen Stewart – Spencer

RUNNER-UP: Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos

Sandra Bullock – The Unforgivable

Virginie Efira – Benedetta

 

Best Actor

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

WINNER: Titane 

RUNNER-UP: Drive My Car

Benedetta

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

Gunda

Lady Buds

 

Best Equality of the Sexes

WINNER: King Richard

RUNNER-UP (TIE): Being the Ricardos

RUNNER-UP (TIE): The Harder They Fall

Gunpowder Milkshake

ACCEPTANCE SPEECH… From Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of King Richard re: winner of “Best Equality of The Sexes”
 
“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.”

RUNNER-UP: Adrienne

 

*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.

WINNER: Passing

RUNNER-UP: Respect

Bruised

Test Pattern

 

*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.

WINNER: Passing

RUNNER-UP: Being the Ricardos

Benedetta

Spencer

 

Acting and Activism Award

Dolly Parton

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Betty White

 

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

Sandra Bullock, The Unforgivable
Sandra Oh, The Chair
 
 
 

Courage in Filmmaking

Julia Ducournau, Titane
Sian Heder, CODA
 
 

Courage in Acting [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]

Halle Berry, Bruised
Sandra Bullock, The Unforgivable
 
 

Women’s Work: Best Ensemble Cast

Kathryn Hunter as The Three Witches, The Tragedy Of Macbeth
King Richard
 

 

The Invisible Woman’s Award [Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]

Danielle Deadwyler as Cathay Williams, The Harder They Fall
Rae Dawn Chong, The Sleeping Negro
 
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH…
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

 

Women Saving Themselves Award

A Quiet Place Part II
Holler
 
 

Best Kept Secret – Overlooked Challenging Gems

Mama Weed, Director Jean-Paul Salomé
Small Time, Directress Niav Conty
 
 

Outstanding Series [Television or Streaming]

Lovecraft Country
The Handmaid’s Tale
 
 

Mommie Dearest – Worst Screen Mom of the Year

 

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter
 
 
 

Hall of Shame [Individual Member Picks]

Free Guy for giving us a kickass, lead female gamer, only to take her away by making her a manic pixie dream girl who just wants a boyfriend.
 
 
 
 
Zola for turning a true cautionary tale about sex trafficking into a dangerous sex farce for the male gaze.
 
 
 
 
Benedetta a film about an early church feminist played as softcore porn

 

 
Being the Ricardos – for taking a beloved female icon and turning her intelligence, talent and work ethic against her as a harping shrew, and the deeply flawed men around her as downtrodden male saviors.
 

 

 
Edgar Wright – for the disappointing third act twist in which the male predators are turned into victims in Last Night in Soho
 

 

 
Hollywood’s attempt to cut Scarlett Johansson’s payments for her work – and though the actress won the lawsuit, the Hollywood cost cutting trend now is to downsize actors in movies by maximizing documentaries as the cheap alternative – including sensationalistic reality tv style and tabloid docs.

 

 
Rita Moreno, writing about and talking about mistreatment as a Puerto Rican .but defending Lin-Manuel’s lack of Afro-Latino representation with In the Heights – and becoming a media darling. Yet, because of an irresponsible statement made against the LGBTQ+ community by J.K. Rowling, she has been canceled in spite of all the work she has done for the black community and women’s rights. Was this what Dave Chappelle was referring to?
 
 
Thanks for reading… what were your favourites for 2021?

 

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2 thoughts on “FILMS and TV… Women Film Critics Circle 2021 Awards

  1. I think it’s awesome that you get to vote on these films, Gill!

    There are quite a few listed that I definitely want to see. Especially passing and being the ricardos.

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