The Favourite Tops Women Film Critics’ Circle Awards List

[Olivia Coleman in The Favourite]

The Women Film Critics’ Circle (WFCC) has just announced its 2018 awards and it is a great place to go to select the best movies to watch this holiday season and beyond.

Topping the list is the female-driven period film The Favourite, starring Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

Olivia Coleman was awarded best actress and best comic actress, for her portrayal of Queen Anne in an unusual love triangle between the three women.

Also awarded was the Melissa McCarthy movie Can You Ever Forgive Me, in which McCarthy plays writer/literary forger Lee Israel, based on a true story.

[Ethan Hawke for First Reformed]

The best actor award goes to Ethan Hawke for his role in the movie First Reformed. Upon hearing of the honor Hawke told the WFCC, “This is FANTASTIC! What a great list. Just the names of the prizes themselves are awesome. What an honor!”

In addition, other movies to consider include Roma, If Beale Street Could Talk, Widows, The Hate You Give and Eighth Grade.

The WFCC also gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to actress Ellen Burstyn, one of the few actresses with the Triple Crown of Acting after winning multiple Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. Her noteworthy film and TV roles include The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, The Age of Adaline, and House of Cards.

The Best Kept Secret Award went to Gone Girls Of Cinema Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers, A Kino Lorber Collectors Edition Release.

In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of the cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution.

This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores.

Here is a list of the 2018 WFCC AWARDS:

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN

**The Favourite

[Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?]

Runner-up: Roma BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
**Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Runner-up: Leave No Trace

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]

**Audrey Wells: The Hate U Give

Runner-up: Debra Granik: Leave No Trace

BEST ACTRESS

**Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Runner-up: Toni Collette, Hereditary

BEST ACTOR

**Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Runner-up: Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS

**Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Runner-up: Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS

**Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Runner-up: Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

**Roma

Runner-up: Capernaum

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

**RBG

Runner-Up: Shirkers

WOMEN’S WORK/BEST ENSEMBLE

**Widows

Runner-Up: The Favourite

SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS

 COURAGE IN FILMMAKING

**Jennifer Fox, The Tale

Runner-Up: Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mary Shelley

COURAGE IN ACTING [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]

**Nicole Kidman: Destroyer

Runner-Up: Viola Davis: Widows

*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women

**Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland

*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America

[Kiki Layne and Stephan James in If Beale Street Could Talk]

 **If Beale Street Could Talk

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity

**Roma

*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

ACTING AND ACTIVISM

**Viola Davis

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Ellen Burstyn

BEST KEPT SECRET AWARD
All The Overlooked ‘Gone Girls Of Cinema’ PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERSA Kino Lorber Collectors Edition Release. BEST SCREEN COUPLE

**If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES

**Black Panther

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD

**Jacki Weaver: Widows

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES

**Black Panther

BEST ANIMATED FEMALES

**Incredibles 2

BEST FAMILY FILM

**Eighth Grade

 

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