WFCC 2022 Award Winners

WFCC 2022 Award Winners December 19, 2022

Hi everyone,

I have been a member of this auspicious international group of 80 women film critics for a few years now and am very proud of our awards this year. If you are looking for a list of films to see in the coming months as they make their way to streaming platforms, this list of winners makes a thoughtful starting point. Click here for the WFCC Facebook page and link to the WFCC blog.

Women Film Critics Circle 2022 Awards Winners

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN

WINNER: She Said

RUNNER-UP: Women Talking

The Woman King

Till

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN

WINNER: Women Talking – Sarah Polley

TIE RUNNER-UP: The Woman King – Gina Prince-Bythewood

TIE RUNNER-UP: Till – Chinonye Chukwu

Don’t Worry Darling – Olivia Wilde

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)

WINNER: Sarah Polley – Women Talking

RUNNER-UP: Rebecca Lenkiewicz – She Said 

Dana Stevens (and Maria Bello, story) – The Woman King

Emma Donoghue  – The Wonder

BEST ACTRESS

WINNER: Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

RUNNER-UP: Danielle Deadwyler – Till

Cate Blanchett – Tar

Vicky Krieps – Corsage

BEST ACTOR

WINNER: Brendan Fraser – The Whale

RUNNER-UP: Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin

Bill Nighy – Living

Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

WINNER: Happening

RUNNER-UP: Corsage

Murina

Rickshaw Girl

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

WINNER: The Janes  

RUNNER-UP: Lucy and Desi

Aftershock

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

 

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES

WINNER: Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

RUNNER-UP: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Fire of Love

The Woman King

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE

WINNER: Meilin – Turning Red

RUNNER-UP: Izzy Hawthorne – Lightyear

Belle Bottom – Minions: The Rise of Gru

BEST SCREEN COUPLE

WINNER: Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

RUNNER-UP: Kevin Kline & Sigourney Weaver – The Good House

Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack – Good luck to you, Leo grande

Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward – Empire of Light

BEST TV SERIES

TIE WINNER: The Handmaid’s Tale

TIE WINNER: Yellowjackets

TIE RUNNER-UP: Dead to Me

TIE RUNNER-UP: Julia

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

WINNER: Women Talking

RUNNER-UP: She Said

Don’t Worry Darling

Holy Spider

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

WINNER: Till

RUNNER-UP: Nanny

Alice

Master

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

WINNER: Women Talking

RUNNER-UP: The Woman King

Alice

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD

Geena Davis

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Rita Moreno 

*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 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.

 


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