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The Women Film Critics Circle Announce Winners for 2019

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The Women Film Critic Circle (WFCC), 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, has announced their 2019 winners in several categories.The WFCC was founded in 2004, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices in film criticism need greater recognition.  The group 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.

The WFCC Awards Winners for 2019 are:

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Runner-up: Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) 

BEST ACTRESS
Tie: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) and Lupita Nyong'o (US)
Runner-up: Renée Zellweger (Judy)

BEST ACTOR
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Runner-up: Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
Varda by Agnès (dir. Agnès Varda)
Runner-ups: Maiden (dir. Alex Holmes) and Honeyland (dir. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov)

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
Marriage Story
Runner-up: The Aeronauts

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
Anna (Frozen 2)
Runner-up: Bo Peep (Toy Story 4)

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
Tie: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Noémie Merlant/Adèle Haenel) and Marriage Story (Scarlett Johansson/Adam Driver)
Runner-up: Hustlers (Jennifer Lopez/Constance Wu)

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD – For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
Tie: Bombshell (dir. Jay Roach) and The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)
Runner-up: Hustlers (dir. Lorene Scafaria)

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD – For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Queen & Slim (dir. Melina Matsoukas)

KAREN MORLEY AWARD – For best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD
Jane Fonda 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alfre Woodard 


 

WFCC PAULINE KAEL SPECIAL JURY AWARDS 2019

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'Criticism is the only thing that stands between the audience and advertising.' - Pauline Kael

BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES

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Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Runner-Up: Keira Knightley, Official Secrets

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

Janelle Monae, Harriet
Runner-Up: Anna Paquin, The Irishman

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MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD Penny Fleck, Joker - Directed by Todd Phillips

WFCC HALL OF SHAME [Individual Member Picks] *Hustlers - This was NOT a female empowering film as it was billed to be. But rather an eye candy vehicle for men to watch Jennifer Lopez show off her butt and pole dancing skills.

*Vita & Virginia: For portraying Virginia Woolf as a waif instead of a force of nature.

*Roger Ailes: A monster, who this year was especially exposed for his monstrosity both on film in Bombshell, and on television in The Loudest Voice.

*Luc Besson: Who has been officially charged with sexual assault by at least nine women. The actions not only affected the lives of the women assaulted, but also all the people associated with his latest film, Anna.

*John Krasinski: The actor brags about pursuing CIA input for his macho 'thank you to the CIA every day' role as 'Next Stop Venezuela' Jack Ryan, in that repugnant propaganda infomercial for US imperialism's neo-Monroe Doctrine assault on Latin America.

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