Women Film Journalists Name 'The Shape of Water' as Best Film

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Women Film Journalists Name 'The Shape of Water' as Best Film


Mitchell, Wendy, Screen International


Lady Bird, The Florida Project and Faces, Places also win in multiple categories.

‘The Shape Of Water’

The Shape of Water leads the winners from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), a international group of female critics and writers.

Itwon best film and best director for Guillermo del Toro, as well as “bravest performance” for Sally Hawkins.

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird also won three awards: best supporting actress for Laurie Metcalf and two awards for Gerwig for best woman director and best woman screenwriter.

The Florida Project won two prizes, best supporting actor for Willem Dafoe and best breakthrough performance for Brooklynn Prince.

Agnes Varda won the actress defying age and ageism award as well as best documentary for Faces, Places.

The group’s outstanding achievement award went to “Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and all women who spoke out against sexual harassment.”

The Hall of Shame award went to “Sexual Tormentors: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, et al.”

“This year was an important year for women to feel empowered to speak out and be heard,” said AWFJ founder and film critic Jennifer Merin. “The need for gender parity and gender diversity in the movie industry is patently clear, and the time to stop sexual harassment in all industries is now. These goals are fundamental to AWFJ’s mission and it’s core values. I am thrilled that for this year’s awards, our AWFJ members voted to honor such a diverse array of talent and to recognize those who are leading with their voices to put an end to long time misconduct making the 2017 EDA Awards particularly relevant when art and film must be the vanguard of social progress. …

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