2008 Women Film Critics Circle Awards: You're Not Gonna See These Categories at the Oscars...

The complete list of the 2008 WFCC Awards, for your consideration:

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Frozen RiverChangeling

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
Frozen River

BEST STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
Jennifer Lumet: Rachel Getting Married

BEST ACTRESS
Melissa Leo: Frozen River

BEST ACTOR
Mickey Rourke: The Wrestler

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
Abigail Breslin: Kit Kittredge and Definitely Maybe

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS (*TIE*)
Sally Hawkins: Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep: Mamma Mia!

BEST FOREIGN FILM
I've Loved You So Long

BEST FEMALE IMAGES IN A MOVIE
The Secret Life Of Bees

BEST UNRELEASED MOVIE
How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
Nothing But The Truth

BEST MUSIC
Cadillac Records

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
Eve: WALL-E

BEST FAMILY FILM
WALL-E

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Meryl Streep

ACTING AND ACTIVISM
Natalie Portman

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

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

KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
Battle In Seattle

COURAGE IN ACTING
Deidra Edwards in DisFigured: For redefining conventional standards of female physical beauty and pride on screen, and promoting positive images of big bodied women.

BEST DOCUMENTARIES

GROUNDBREAKER:
A Walk To Beautiful

ABOVE AND BEYOND:
Wings Of Defeat

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING:
Traces Of The Trade

MOST OFFENSIVE MALE CHARACTERS
Aaron Eckhart: Towelhead
Sam Rockwell: Choke
Larry Bishop: Hell Ride
Paul Rudd, Sean William Scott: Role Models
Jason Mewes: Zack And Miri Make a Porno

TOP TEN HALL OF SHAME
Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired
House Of The Sleeping Beauties
The Women
The Life Before Her Eyes
The Hottie and the Nottie
Savage Grace
Made Of Honor
The Family That Preys
Hounddog
Zack And Miri Make A Porno


So what do you think? Did these films best reflect the lives of women and promote positive images of women on screen this year?

(By the way, as much as I enjoy the Circle's shout out to EVE, that very rad robot of WALL-E, I'm entirely smitten with Kate Bornstein's reading of the film as a butch/femme romance rather than a straight up heterosexual one. Therefore, I humbly petition the Circle to change the award for 'Best Animated Female' to 'Best Animated Femme' in this case...)

 

Women Film Critics Circle
Women Film Critics Circle Awards [Movie City News]
WALL-E: A Butch/Femme Love Story... or Silly Rabbit! Robots Have No Gender [Kate Bornstein's Blog for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws]

 

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Really?

I have to say I don't get the Zack and Miri hatred, nor did I see anything especially offensive about Mewes character. That sort of throws a damper on the rest.

~whatsername~

~whatsername~

agreed

I've got to agree. I'm not saying it was anything groundbreaking, but I doubt that's what they were going for. It didn't really support great images of either gender. The females characters in the movie were aware of what they were doing and made a decision on their own views. Not saying porn is the best choice, but that it is a CHOICE.

just wondering...

Where is the "Most Offensive Female" category?

The "Secret Life Of Bees" is a fantastic movie that touched on multiple levels of equality.

nothing on MILK? :( (or on

nothing on MILK? :( (or on any of the great indie queer films made this year...)

Dr.'s Wife

I think the Doctor's Wife (Julianne Moore) from Blindness would have been a good pick. She was such a strong character. The movie really flipped the gender role stereotype on its head. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Thanks for posting this. I

Thanks for posting this. I didn't know about this group or these awards, but it's all pretty much exactly what I've been looking for--a resource for finding films with positive depictions of women and women's experiences at the center of the story. I've found www.moviesbywomen.com to be really helpful, too (in case others reading this convo are new-ish to the scene like I am).

Unreleased

It's telling that an awards list for recognizing women in cinema would have a "Best Unreleased" category.