Even with the advancements of women’s achievements in films in recent years, women as a whole are still not as well represented as men in the media. But the Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC), a female movie organization that includes women film critics from across America, supports the accurate representation of women in media. The group voted on the best and worst representations of both women and men in movies released this year. It honored the strengths of such films as ‘Philomena’ and ‘Enough Said,’ while pointing out the shame of such movies as ‘The Bling Ring’ and ‘Only God Forgives.’

The complete list of winners honored by the WFCC is listed below.

Best Movie About Women
Runner Up: ‘Mother Of George’

Best Movie by a Woman
‘Enough Said,’ Nicole Holofcener
Runner Up: ‘Inch Allah,’ Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award)
‘Before Midnight,’ Julie Delpy
Runner Up: ‘Enough Said,’ Nicole Holofcener

Best Actress
‘Philomena,’ Judi Dench
Runner Up: ‘Hannah Arendt,’ Barbara Sukowa

Best Actor
‘12 Years a Slave,’ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Runner Up: ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Michael B. Jordan

Best Young Actress
‘What Maisie Knew,’ Onata Aprile
Runner Up: ‘Wadjda,’ Waad Mohammed

Best Comedic Actress
‘The Heat,’ Melissa McCarthy
Runner Up: ‘Frances Ha,’ Greta Gerwig

Best Foreign Film by or About Women
Runner Up: ‘Inch Allah’

Best Female Images in a Movie
Runner Up: ‘Girls in the Band’

Worst Female Images in a Movie
The Bling Ring’
Runner Up: ‘Machete Kills’

Best Male Images in a Movie
‘12 years A Slave,’ Chiwetel Ejiofor
Runner Up: ‘Enough Said,’ James Gandolfini

Worst Male Images in a Movie
‘Only God Forgives’
Runner Up: ‘Out of the Furnace’

Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie By or About Women
Hellen Mirren in ‘Phil Spector’
Runner Up: ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’

Best Equality of the Sexes
‘Before Midnight’
Runner Up: ‘Enough Said’

Best Animated Females
Runner Up: ‘The Croods’

Best Family Film
‘The Wind Rises’
Runner Up: ‘Black Nativity’

Women’s Work/Best Ensemble
‘Ginger & Rosa’
Runner Up Tie:
‘Winnie Mandela’
‘August: Osage County’

Special Mention Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award
Emma Thompson: For her eclecticism in switching from period films to fantasy genre, to contemporary settings, and for her ability to embody all kinds of women with raw and pure interpretations.

Acting and Activism Award
Charlize Theron: For her work for The Global Fund, and for starting the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which educates young people about HIV/AIDS

Courage In Filmmaking
Laura Poitras: For bringing the Edward Snowden NSA revelations to light, driven into exile in Germany for doing so, and currently making a documentary about it.

Adrienne Shelly Award: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
Runner Up: ‘Lovelace’

Josephine Baker Award: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
‘12 Years a Slave’
Runner Up: ‘Go for Sisters’

Karen Morley Award: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
‘Winnie Mandela’
Runner Up: ‘Wadjda’

Courage In Acting (Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen)
‘Augustine, Soko

The Invisible Woman Award (Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored)
‘Gravity, Sandra Bullock

Best Documentary By or About Women
‘Stories We Tell’
Runner Up: ‘Girls In The Band’

Best Screen Couple
‘Before Midnight,’ Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke

Best Song
‘Would You Bleed For Love,’ Jennifer Hudson, ‘Winnie Mandela’

Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award
‘Only God Forgives,’ Kristin Scott Thomas

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2013's Best Movies

Written by: Karen Benardello

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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