WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2007
The Women Film Critics Circle held their annual on-air WFCC Awards Ceremony 2007 on Thursday, December 13th. The Ceremony for the Best and Worst Picks from a woman’s point of view, aired on WBAI Radio in NY 99.5 FM at 11am, and on Web Radio at wbai.org. On hand to present and discuss the awards in-studio and by phone, were WFCC members.
The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 40 women film critics and scholars from around the country, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. They came together three years ago to form the first women critics organization ever in the country, 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 Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2007
BEST PICTURE BY A WOMAN **TIE**
*Away From Her: Sarah Polley
*Talk To Me: Kasi Lemmons
BEST PICTURE ABOUT WOMEN
*Juno: Jason Reitman
BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
*Juno: Diablo Cody
*Laura Linney: The Savages
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
*Amy Adams: Enchanted
*Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood
BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
*Saoirse Ronan: Atonement
BEST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE **TIE**
BEST FOREIGN FILM: **TIE**
*La Vie En Rose
*Hairspray: Nikki Blonsky, Queen Latifah
BEST THEATRICALLY UNRELEASED MOVIE BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
**ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women:
**JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America:
*The Great Debaters
**KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity:
*A Mighty Heart
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SPECIAL MENTION FOR A FEMALE’S RIGHT TO MALE ROLES IN MOVIES:
*Cate Blanchett: I’m Not There
ACTING AND ACTIVISM
ABOVE AND BEYOND:
*Redacted [mixed media]
*Strange Culture: Lynn Hershman-Leeson
COURAGE IN FILMMAKING:
*Meeting Resistance: Molly Bingham, co-director
BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES **TIE**
*Away From Her
MOST OFFENSIVE MALE CHARACTERS
Crazy Love [Burt Pugach] *****Winning Loser
Norbit [Rasputia] *****Winning Looser
Good Luck Chuck
The Heartbreak Kid
Who’s Your Caddy
WFCC TOP TEN HALL OF SHAME
Black Snake Moan***Winning Loser: Female sexual/religious exorcism as therapy while chained to radiator.
Exterminating Angels***Winning Loser: Actresses fill roles as masturbators on cue, for pleasure of director with harrassment rap sheet from previous film. Nothing like a revenge fantasy sequel.
Goya’s Ghosts***Winning Loser: Cleric rape of female as religious therapy while chained nude and falling in love with rapist.
Atonement: Female crying fake rape, aren’t there at least a few of these every year, ditto Red Road and Look.
Captivity: Torture porn, and torture inducing sexual arousal for any guy in the torture chamber vicinity.
Gone Baby Gone: Superbad Mommy Syndrome.
Hairspray/Edna [John Travolta]: Why do men doing women in movies always pick the most grotesque physical personas imaginable. Take a lesson from Cate Blanchett, on how to do it with style. Ditto Norbit/Rasputia.
Lust, Caution: Adam and Eve in Old Shanghai. Female-assisted destruction of a nation while falling in love with torturer/rapist.
Norbit/Rasputia [Eddie Murphy]: See Hairspray above, but with stereotypically shrewish personality to match.
Red Road: See Atonement. But such an elaborate fake rape scheme, that the conniving woman has to nearly rape herself.
BEST ANIMATED FEMALE:
BEST FAMILY FILM
**ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: Adrienne Shelly was a promising actress and filmmaker who was brutally strangled in her apartment in 2006 at the age of forty by a construction worker in the building, after she complained about noise. Her killer tried to cover up his crime by hanging her from a shower rack in her bathroom, to make it look like a suicide. He later confessed that he was having a “bad day.” Shelly, who left behind a baby daughter, had just completed her film Waitress, which she also starred in, and which was honored at Sundance after her death.
**JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD; The daughter of a laundress and a musician, Baker overcame being born black, female and poor, and marriage at age fifteen, to become an internationally acclaimed legendary performer, starring in the films Princess Tam Tam, Moulin Rouge and Zou Zou. She also survived the race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois as a child, and later expatriated to France to escape US racism. After participating heroically in the underground French Resistance during WWII, Baker returned to the US where she was a crusader for racial equality. Her activism led to attacks against her by reporter Walter Winchell who denounced her as a communist, leading her to wage a battle against him. Baker was instrumental in ending segregation in many theaters and clubs, where she refused to perform unless integration was implemented.
**KAREN MORLEY AWARD: Karen Morley was a promising Hollywood star in the 1930s, in such films as Mata Hari and Our Daily Bread. She was driven out of Hollywood for her leftist political convictions by the Blacklist and for refusing to testify against other actors, while Robert Taylor and Sterling Hayden were informants against her. And also for daring to have a child and become a mother, unacceptable for female stars in those days. Morley maintained her militant political activism for the rest of her life, running for Lieutenant Governor on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. She passed away in 2003, unrepentant to the end, at the age of 93.
**The Woman’s Right To Male Roles In Movies Award is intended to challenge that men have not only the most prominent roles in films, but also the most complex and fully drawn out characters. So when an actress can fight for access to such a role, and it may be rewritten for her, it is one of substance, and free of the usual shallow or demonizing female stereotypes.
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