Female Critics Weigh In

by Melissa Silverstein on December 23, 2010

in Awards,Critics/Journalists

The two female critics organizations have released their nominations (The Alliance of Women Film Journalists) and winners (The Women’s Film Critics Circle) for films this past year.

Here are the nominations from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (winners will be announced January 10)

Best Film:

  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Winter’s Bone

Best Animated Film:

  • Despicable Me
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3

Best Director:

  • Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
  • Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
  • David Fincher – The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
  • Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone
  • Christopher Nolan – Inception

Read all the nominees here

The Women’s Film Critics Circle gives out awards focused on women

Mother And Child

Winter’s Bone

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
The Kids Are All Right: Lisa Cholodenko


Annette Bening/The Kids Are All Right

Read the full list here.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura December 23, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I’m disappointed that these women’s organizations seemed to parrot the male-contolled establishment organizations. The Social Contract, which bimbofied women, is really one of the top 5? Couldn’t they break with the establishment and vote for some of the great women-directed, and/or written and or protagonisted films mentioned on this site? Maybe next year.

Candice December 24, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I think the whole differentiating women thing is all wrong. just plain wrong. There are lots of female heroes etc etc etc (see http://www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html ); no need to feel left out.

Anonymas January 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Laura, it is The Social Network. Since you didn’t remember its name I assume you didn’t see it, and I am disgusted by all of the people on this site who are condemning the movie without viewing it.

But mainly, all film critics have their own opinions, the point is to find which one best resembles your interests. Two of the three films that they nominated for best picture featured women, one of them written/directed by women. You can’t expect them to base their favorite films around the gender of the people who made them. This website is dedicated to the idea of judging a movie on quality.

You are assuming here that all males enjoy films such as Inception whereas women should all be loving The Kids Are All Right. Untrue. The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, and Inception were all good films loved by many. If you don’t like them fine, then maybe these critics aren’t for you. Find someone else, regardless of gender. Roger Ebert is frequently putting women-centric films in his top 10. Try him

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