2013 Women Film Critics Circle winners
After a colorful list of nominations last week (check them out here if you missed them), the Women Film Critics Circle has deemed "Philomena" the best film of 2013…about women. The film picked up two other awards as well (the only other two for which it was nominated, in fact, making it a sweeper). "Before Midnight" also scored a hat trick.
Emma Thompson received the group's Lifetime Achievement prize, while Charlize Theron, Laura Poitras and Sandra Bullock were also among those singled out via special commendations. Dominant precursor player "12 Years a Slave" picked up two wins, for Best Actor and Best Male Images in a Movie.
Check out the full list of winners below, with passionate pleas for "Hall of Shame" recipients on the last page. And as always, keep track of all these announcements at your one-stop awards hub, The Circuit.
Best Movie About Women: "Philomena" (Runner-up: "Mother of George")
Best Movie by a Woman: "Enough Said" (Runner-up: "Inch Allah")
Best Woman Storyteller (Screenwriting Award): Julie Delpy, "Before Midnight" (Runner-up: Nicole Holofcener, "Enough Said")
Best Actress: Judi Dench, "Philomena" (Runner-up: Barbara Sukowa, "Hannah Arendt")
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station")
Best Comedic Actress: Melissa McCarthy, "The Heat" (Runner-up: Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha")
Best Foreign Film About Women: "Wadjda" (Runner-up: "Inch Allah")
Best Female Images in a Movie: "Philomena" (Runner-up: "Girls in the Band")
Worst Female Images in a Movie: "The Bling Ring" (Runner-up: "Machete Kills")
Best Male Images in a Movie: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: James Gandolfini, "Enough Said")
Worst Male Images in a Movie: "Only God Forgives" (Runner-up: "Out of the Furnace")
Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or about Women: "Phil Spector" (Runner-up: "Pussy Riot")
Best Equality of the Sexes: "Before Midnight" (Runner-up: "Enough Said")
Best Animated Females: "Frozen" (Runner-up: "The Croods")
Best Family Film: "The Wind Rises" (Runner-up: "Black Nativity")
Women's Work (Best Ensemble): "Ginger & Rosa" (Runner-up: [tie] "Winnie Mandela" and "August: Osage County")
Best Documentary by or about Women: "Stories We Tell" (Runner-up: "Girls in the Band"
Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award: Kristin Scott Thomas, "Only God Forgives"
Best Screen Couple: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, "Before Midnight"
Best Song: "Would You Bleed for Love" from "Winnie Mandela" (Jennifer Hudson)
SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Award
For her eclecticism in switching from period films to fantasy genre, to contemporary settings. And embodying all kinds of women with raw and pure interpretations.
Acting and Activism Award
For her work for The Global Fund, and for starting the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Which educates young people about HIV/AIDS.
Courage in Filmmaking
For bringing the Edward Snowden NSA revelations to light and driven into exile in Germany for doing so. And currently making a documentary about it.
Adrienne Shelly Award: "Augustine" (Runner-up: "Lovelace")
For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women Augustine.
Josephine Baker Award: "12 Years a Slave" (Runner-up: "Go for Sisters")
For best expressing the woman of color experience in America.
Karen Morley Award: "Winnie Mandela" (Runner-up: "Wadjda")
For best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity.
Courage in Acting: Soko, "Augustine"
Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on the screen.
The Invisible Woman Award: Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored.
Just Kidding Award: Best Male Images in a Movie: "Last Vegas"
(Click over to the next page for the lengthy WFCC "Hall of Shame" sidebar.)