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The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2019’s Best Movies

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The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2019’s Best Movies

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Noémie Merlant plays an artist named Marianne, who has been hired to paint a portrait of Héloïse, played by Adèle Haenel.
Photograph courtesy of Lilies Films.

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), the first national American association of women critics, supports the accurate representation of women in media.

The best representations of women in films released in 2019 has voted on by WFCC. It honored the strengths of such movies as ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and ‘Harriet.’

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:

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 and 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 and Adèle Haenel) and ‘Marriage Story’ (Scarlett Johansson and 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

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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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