The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards for 2012

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:16 am




Best Film:  “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Director:  Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Screenplay, Original:  Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Screenplay, Adapted:  Chris Terrio – “Argo”


Best Documentary:  “Searching For Sugar Man”


Best Animated Film:  “ParaNorman”


Best Actress:  Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Actress in a Supporting Role:  Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”


Best Actor:  Daniel Day Lewis – “Lincoln”


Best Actor in a Supporting Role:  Phillip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”


Best Ensemble Cast:  “Silver Linings Playbook”


Best Editing:  William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Cinematography:  Claudio Miranda – “Life of Pi”


Best Film Music or Score:  Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


Best Non-English-Language Film:  “Amour”




These awards honor WOMEN only.


Best Woman Director:  Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”


Best Woman Screenwriter:  Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) – “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”

I always take special pleasure in voting for these awards and am delighted with the results:

Best Breakthrough Performance:  Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


Actress Defying Age and Ageism:  Judi Dench – “Skyfall”

AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism – Female Icon Award, presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others:

Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”


This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry, presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner–making, record–breaking, industry–changing achievement during any given year:

Women Documentary Filmmakers – including 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:  “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,as Fantine. singing “I Dreamed A Dream” – “Les Miserables”

Jessica Chastain as Maya, saying, “I’m the mother…” – “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”

“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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