‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Favorite Amongst Alliance of Woman Film Journalists

Zero Dark ThirtyWith every year comes the obscure factions of individuals who call it “The Year of the Woman”, regardless of whether or not that statement holds weight. When you break things down, 2009 brought us the first female Best Director winner; 2010 had numerous strong performances from Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, and countless others; 2011 had the strange battle cry that was Bridesmaids. This year the female performance races an oversized behemoth of outstanding work from women of all ages. If we keep hearing it’s some “Year of the Woman”, perhaps it’s indicative of more outspoken feminist ideologies. Or perhaps we’re still being too piggish in our underestimation.

In terms of this year, Zero Dark Thirty is the obvious favorite in terms of pro-female filmmaking, from the Kathryn Bigelow’s assertion behind the camera to Jessica Chastain’s commitment before the lens. It’s no surprise the film would hit home with the Alliance of Woman Film Journalists, the rest of the field being either male driven or on equal footing. We can imagine that right behind it was Beasts of the Southern Wild, which took three awards for young Quvenzhane Wallis, Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer’s entrancing musical score, and co-screenwriter (with Zeitlin) Lucy Alibar.

Beasts of the Southern WildBelow the technical races, the statement that girls have more fun was proven true with a number of specialty awards. Sean Anders of That’s My Boy infamy was deservedly placed on the Hall of Shame. Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon without a doubt need better agents than they currently have. In all seriousness, though, I completely agree that Anna Karenina is the movie I wanted to love, but just couldn’t. Dazzling in concept, though not quite in forethought.

I will take issue with two particular specialty prizes, particularly Judi Dench “defying Age and Ageism” with Skyfall. She certainly does, but not nearly as much so as Emmanuelle Riva does with her intensely physical work in Amour. The second is for “Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction”, which went to Helen Hunt and John Hawkes for The Sessions. While sexuality and seduction were handled in sweetly kinky fashion, it felt odd for Hawkes’ nudity to be so obscured. Though admittedly the nude moments in Magic Mike and The Master wouldn’t be ones to hit home with this group. You can check out the full list of winners below, courtesy of In Contention.

Alliance of Woman Film Journalists Awards 2012

Best Picture
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Non-English-Language Film
Amour

Best Documentary
Searching For Sugar Man

Best Animated Film
ParaNorman

Best Ensemble Cast
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Best Editing
William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Film Music or Score
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Woman Director
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Woman Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar (with Benh Zeitlin), Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Kick-Ass Award For Best Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games

Best Animated Female
Merida (Kelly Macdonald), Brave

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Judi Dench, Skyfall

AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei Never Sorry) and Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five)

AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award
Sean Anders, That’s My Boy

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
(TIE) Katherine Heigl, One For The Money/Reese Witherspoon, This Means War

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
Anna Karenina

Unforgettable Moment
(TIE) Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed A Dream” in Les Miserables/Jessica Chastain saying, “I’m the mother…” in Zero Dark Thirty

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, The Sessions

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made
(TIE) Red Dawn and Total Recall

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest
Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly… and Nadine Velazquez, Flight

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