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The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2018’s Best Movies

WFCC Awards

(L-R): Actresses Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman star in director Yorgos Lanthimos’ biopic, ‘The Favourite.’

One of the most important and prominent agendas from 2017 that has continued into 2018 is the solidarity of women standing together to defend themselves, especially during the recent uprising against sexual misconduct. The The Me Too and Time’s Up movements have become especially prevalent in Hollywood, as actresses and female filmmakers continue to strive to protect their advancements and achievements in movies.

The Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC), the first national American association of women critics, supports the protection and accurate representation of women in media. The group has voted on the best representations of women in films released in 2018. It honored the strengths of such movies as ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Roma.’

WFCC is an association of 75 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. Launched in 2004, WFCC became the first women critics’ organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices in film criticism need to be recognized fully. WFCC 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 complete list of winners and nominees honored by the WFCC in 2018 is listed below, with the winners marked in bold in each category:

WFCC AWARDS 2018

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
‘The Favourite’
Runner-up: ‘Roma’
Other Nominees: ‘Mary Shelley’ and ‘Widows’

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Runner-up: ‘Leave No Trace’
Other Nominees: ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ and ‘You Were Never Really Here’

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
Audrey Wells, ‘The Hate U Give’ (Awarded posthumously)
Runner-up: Debra Granik, ‘Leave No Trace’
Other Nominees: Sara Colangelo, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ and Tamara Jenkins, ‘Private Life’

BEST ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’
Runner-up: Toni Collette, ‘Hereditary’
Other Nominees: Viola Davis, ‘Widows’ and Maggie Gyllenhaal, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’

BEST ACTOR
Ethan Hawke, ‘First Reformed’ (The performer enthusiastically gave the following reply when he was informed of being named Best Actor: “This is fantastic! What a great list…What an honor!”)
Runner-up: Viggo Mortensen, ‘Green Book’
Other Nominees: Ben Foster, ‘Leave No Trace’ and Hugo Weaving, ‘Black 47’

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS
Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’
Runner-up: Melissa McCarthy, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Other Nominees: Helena Bonham Carter, ’55 Steps’ and Kathryn Hahn, ‘Private Life’

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
Elsie Fisher, ‘Eighth Grade’
Runner-up: Thomasin McKenzie, ‘Leave No Trace’
Other Nominees: Elle Fanning, ‘Mary Shelley’ and Amandla Stenberg, ‘The Hate U Give’

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
‘Roma’
Runner-up: ‘Capernaum’
Other Nominees: ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ and ‘Zama’

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
‘RBG’
Runner-Up: ‘Shirkers’
Other Nominees: ‘Say Her Name: The Life And Death of Sandra Bland’ and ‘Seeing Allred’

WOMEN’S WORK/BEST ENSEMBLE
‘Widows’
Runner-Up: ‘The Favourite’
Other Nominees: ’55 Steps’ and ‘Ocean’s Eight’

SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING
Jennifer Fox, ‘The Tale’
Runner-Up: Haifaa Al-Mansour, ‘Mary Shelley’
Other Nominees: Sara Colangelo, ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ and Sandra Luckow, ‘That Way Madness Lies’

COURAGE IN ACTING [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]
Nicole Kidman, ‘Destroyer’
Runner-Up: Viola Davis, ‘Widows’
Other Nominees: Helena Bonham Carter, ’55 Steps’ and Melissa McCarthy, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD [For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women]
‘Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland’
Other Nominees: ‘Call Her Ganda,’ ‘I Am Not a Witch’ and ‘On Her Shoulders’

*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD [For best expressing the woman of color experience in America]
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Other Nominees: ‘Life And Nothing More,’ ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Widows’

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD [For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity]
‘Roma’
Other Nominees: ’93 Queen,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Woman Walks Ahead’

*THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD: [Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]
Glenn Close, ‘The Wife’
Other Nominees: Yalitza Aparicio, ‘Roma;’ Andrea Riseborough, ‘Nancy’ and The Women of ‘Widows’

ACTING AND ACTIVISM
Viola Davis

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Ellen Burstyn

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
Other Nominees: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and ‘Disobedience’

BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES
‘Black Panther’
Other Nominees: ‘Adrift,’ ’55 Steps’ and ‘RBG’

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jacki Weaver: ‘Widows’
Other Nominees: Krista Allen, ‘Party Mom;’ Toni Collette, ‘Hereditary’ and Nicole Kidman, ‘Destroyer’

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
‘Black Panther’
Other Nominees: ‘Like Me,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex’ and ‘Widows’

BEST ANIMATED FEMALES
‘Incredibles 2’
Other Nominees: ‘Liyana,’ ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ and ‘Mirai No Mirai’

BEST FAMILY FILM
‘Eighth Grade’
Other Nominees: ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘Science Fair’ and ‘The Hate U Give’

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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