Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip




AGORA
: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.


CRITICAL WOMEN HEADLINES

3/8/21

THE WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

The Women Film Critics Circle announces its 2O20 Awards on March 8th International Women's Day for the best movies this year by and about women - and outstanding achievements by women, who get to be rarely honored historically in the film world.

The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 80 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. They came together in 2004 to form the first women critics’ organization in the United States, 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.

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN











WINNER: Promising Young Woman

Runner Up: Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Ammonite

Antebellum


BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN

WINNER: Nomadland - Chloe Zhao

Runner Up: Promising Young Woman - Emerald Fennell

Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Eliza Hittman

One Night in Miami - Regina King


BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)

WINNER: Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Eliza Hittman

Runner Up: Promising Young Woman - Emerald Fennell

Nomadland - Chloe Zhao

The United States vs. Billie Holiday - Suzan-Lori Parks


BEST ACTRESS

WINNER: Carey Mulligan - Promising Young Woman

Runner Up (tie): Frances McDormand - Nomadland

Runner Up (tie): Vanessa Kirby - Pieces of a Woman

Andra Day - The United States vs. Billie Holiday


BEST ACTOR

WINNER: Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Runner Up: Anthony Hopkins - The Father

Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal

Tahar Rahim - The Mauritanian


BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

WINNER: La Llorona

Runner Up: True Mothers

The Truth (La Verite)

Two of Us (Deux)


BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN

WINNER: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story

Runner Up: Time

All In

I Am Greta


BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES

WINNER: Emma

Runner Up: I Care a Lot

Malcolm & Marie

Radioactive


BEST ANIMATED FEMALE

WINNER: Fei Fei - Over the Moon

Runner Up: Mebh Og MacTire - Wolfwalkers

Libba - Soul

Robyn Goodfellowe - Wolfwalkers


BEST SCREEN COUPLE

WINNER: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan - Ammonite

Runner Up: Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel - News of the World

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti - Palm Springs

Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier - Two of Us (Deux)


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

*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.

WINNER: Promising Young Woman

Runner Up: The Invisible Man

I’m Your Woman

The Assistant


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

*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.

WINNER: Miss Juneteenth

Runner Up: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Antebellum

The Forty-Year-Old Version


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

*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.

WINNER: The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Runner Up: Shirley

Radium Girls

The Glorias


ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD

Regina King - The first celebrity to commit to the Time’s Up '4% Challenge' which urges the industry to hire more women directors, the award winning actress has also pledged to have women make up fifty percent of the crews for her films.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Julie Andrews


**WFCC PAULINE KAEL SPECIAL JURY AWARDS 2020**











'Criticism is the only thing that stands between the audience and advertising.' - Pauline Kael


BEST FEMALE ACTION HERO 







Janelle Monae, Antebellum

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian


COURAGE IN FILMMAKING

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman  

Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always


COURAGE IN ACTING  

[Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]

Janelle Monae, Antebellum 

Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man


WOMEN'S WORK - BEST ENSEMBLE CAST  

Radium Girls

The Glorias


THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD 

[Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]

Cicely Tyson, A Fall From Grace

Dianne Wiest, I Care A Lot  


BEST KEPT SECRET - Overlooked Challenging Gems

Ammonite

Swallow


WOMEN SAVING THEMSELVES AWARD

Claire Dunne: Herself

Elisabeth Moss: The Invisible Man


MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR 












SARAH PAULSON - RUN


HALL OF SHAME [Individual Member Picks]

Rudy Giuliani - For removing any doubt about the kind of creepy predator he is, in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. Of course there were no consequences for his behavior, even though it was captured on film and broadcast worldwide. 


Dennis Harvey - In his Variety review for Promising Young Woman, stating Carey Mulligan is not 'hot enough' for the role. Not to mention perpetuating the lie that rape is about sex and not violence against women. And, why we need women film critics more than ever...  


The Prom - For casting straight actors in queer roles in the most anticipated lesbian movie of the year, and making it seem like overcoming homophobia is as simple as singing a song.


Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey - For sexual harassment and abuse at Cineaste Magazine, and the cover-up.

12/9/19

WFCC PAULINE KAEL SPECIAL JURY AWARDS 2019

WFCC PAULINE KAEL SPECIAL JURY AWARDS 2019

'Criticism is the only thing that stands between the audience and advertising.' - Pauline Kael

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BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES

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Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Runner-Up: Keira Knightley, Official Secrets

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THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD [Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]
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Janelle Monae, Harriet
Runner-Up: Anna Paquin, The Irishman

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Penny Fleck, Joker - Directed by Todd Phillips

WFCC HALL OF SHAME [Individual Member Picks]

*Hustlers - This was NOT a female empowering film as it was billed to be. But rather an eye candy vehicle for men to watch Jennifer Lopez show off her butt and pole dancing skills.

*Vita & Virginia: For portraying Virginia Woolf as a waif instead of a force of nature.

*Roger Ailes: A monster, who this year was especially exposed for his monstrosity both on film in Bombshell, and on television in The Loudest Voice.

*Luc Besson: Who has been officially charged with sexual assault by at least nine women. The actions not only affected the lives of the women assaulted, but also all the people associated with his latest film, Anna.

*John Krasinski: The actor brags about soliciting CIA instructions for his macho 'thank you to the CIA every day' role as 'Next Stop Venezuela' Jack Ryan, in that repugnant propaganda infomercial for US imperialism's neo-Monroe Doctrine assault on Latin America.

12/7/19

The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2019!


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BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig)

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Runner-up: Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire)

BEST ACTRESS
Tie: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) and Lupita Nyong'o (US)
Runner-up: Renée Zellweger (Judy)

BEST ACTOR
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Runner-up: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir. Céline Sciamma)
Runner-up: Atlantics (dir. Mati Diop)

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
Varda by Agnès (dir. Agnès Varda)
Runner-ups: Maiden (dir. Alex Holmes) and Honeyland (dir. Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov)

BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
Marriage Story
Runner-up: The Aeronauts

BEST ANIMATED FEMALE
Anna (Frozen 2)
Runner-up: Bo Peep (Toy Story 4)

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
Tie: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Noémie Merlant/Adèle Haenel) and Marriage Story (Scarlett Johansson/Adam Driver)
Runner-up: Hustlers (Jennifer Lopez/Constance Wu)

ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD – For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
Tie: Bombshell (dir. Jay Roach) and The Nightingale (dir. Jennifer Kent)
Runner-up: Hustlers (dir. Lorene Scafaria)

JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD – For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Queen & Slim (dir. Melina Matsoukas) 


KAREN MORLEY AWARD – For best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
Harriet (dir. Kasi Lemmons)
Runner-up: Little Women (dir. Greta Gerwig) 


ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD
Jane Fonda 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Alfre Woodard

1/22/19


A Conversation With Roma Actress Yalitza Aparicio Prairie Miller in a conversation with Roma actress Yalitza Aparicio. She has been nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress this year, the first indigenous woman to do so. This interview aired on Arts Express, on WBAI Radio In NY and the Pacifica National Radio Affiliate Stations.

12/28/18

The Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2018

The Women Film Critics Circle Announces Awards 2018

The Women Film Critics Circle has announced their 2018 Awards for the best movies this year by and about women, and outstanding achievements by women, who get to be rarely honored historically, in the film world.

The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. They came together in 2004 to form the first women critics' organization in the United States, in the belief that women's perspectives and voices in film criticism need to be recognized fully.

Critical Women On Film, a presentation of The Women Film Critics Circle, is their journal of discussion and theory, and a gathering of women's voices expressing a fresh and differently experienced perspective from the primarily male dominated film criticism world. Critical Women On Film is online HERE

THE WOMEN FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2018

BEST MOVIE ABOUT WOMEN
Mary Shelley
**The Favourite

Roma: Runner-up
Widows

               Elle Fanning as Mary Shelley

BEST MOVIE BY A WOMAN
**Can You Ever Forgive Me? Marielle Heller
Leave No Trace: Runner-up, Debra Granik

The Kindergarten Teacher
You Were Never Really Here

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER [Screenwriting Award]
**Audrey Wells: The Hate U Give
Debra Granik: Leave No Trace, Runner-up 
Sara Colangelo: The Kindergarten Teacher
Tamara Jenkins: Private Life

                                    Widows

BEST ACTRESS
**Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Toni Collette, Hereditary, Runner-up
Viola Davis, Widows
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher

BEST ACTOR
**Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book, Runner-up
Ben Foster, Leave No Trace
Hugo Weaving, Black 47

BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
**Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace Runner-up
Elle Fanning, Mary Shelley 
Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give

BEST COMEDIC ACTRESS
**Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Runner-up
Helena Bonham Carter, 55 Steps
Kathryn Hahn, Private Life

                      Yalitza Aparicio in Roma

BEST FOREIGN FILM BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
**Roma
Capernaum, Runner-up
Happy As Lazzaro
Zama

BEST DOCUMENTARY BY OR ABOUT WOMEN
**RBG
Shirkers, Runner-up
Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland
Seeing Allred

*SPECIAL AWARDS*
COURAGE IN ACTING [Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen]
**Nicole Kidman: Destroyer
Viola Davis: Widows, Runner-up
Helena Bonham Carter: 55 Steps
Melissa McCarthy: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

COURAGE IN FILMMAKING
**Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mary Shelley, Runner-up
Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher
Sandra Luckow, That Way Madness Lies

    Haifaa Al-Mansour, First Saudi Woman Director
 
*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women
**Say Her Name: The Life And Death Of Sandra Bland 
Call Her Ganda
I Am Not A Witch
On Her Shoulders


*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
**If Beale Street Could Talk
Life And Nothing More
The Hate U Give
Widows

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
**Roma
93 Queen
On The Basis Of Sex
Woman Walks Ahead

  
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD [Supporting performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored]
**Glenn Close, The Wife
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Andrea Riseborough, Nancy
The Women Of Widows

WOMEN'S WORK: BEST ENSEMBLE
**Widows
The Favourite, Runner-up
55 Steps
Ocean's Eight

Helena Bonham Carter and Hillary Swank: 55 Steps

BEST FEMALE ACTION HEROES
**Black Panther
Adrift
55 Steps
RGB

MOMMIE DEAREST WORST SCREEN MOM OF THE YEAR AWARD
**Jacki Weaver: Widows

BEST KEPT SECRET AWARD
All The Overlooked 'Gone Girls Of Cinema' PIONEERS: FIRST WOMEN FILMMAKERS - 
A Kino Lorber Collectors Edition Release



BEST EQUALITY OF THE SEXES
**Black Panther
Like Me
On The Basis Of Sex
Widows

                        Addison Timlin: Like Me

BEST ANIMATED FEMALES
**Incredibles 2

Liyana
Mary And The Witch's Flower
Mirai No Mirai

BEST FAMILY FILM
**Eighth Grade

Incredibles 2
Science Fair
The Hate U Give

BEST SCREEN COUPLE
**If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born
Crazy Rich Asians
Disobedience

ACTING AND ACTIVISM AWARD
**Viola Davis

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
**Ellen Burstyn

 Ellen Burstyn: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore [1974]

WFCC HALL OF SHAME
**Member Picks:

*Fifty Shades Freed:
For perpetuating unrealistic and demeaning stereotypes of women, being defined by men emotionally and physically.

*Bryan Singer:
Accused of committing crimes against young men, his continued status as a hirable, high-paid director is an affront to the women in the film industry who are struggling for recognition.

*Les Moonves:
Chairman and CEO of CBS, Moonves resigned in light of allegations that he sexually abused many women, and information on the culture of fear that he reigned over is now coming out.

Baby It's Cold Outside. This traditional holiday season song has now been banned on radio stations following Me-Too protests, as promoting suggestive date rape lyrics. The debate that has followed is raising critical issues for discussion, but all agree that the male character, however culturally dated, is creepy. The Oscar winning song originated in the 1949 musical Neptune's Daughter, performed by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.

* As a footnote, perhaps more relevant during this season when greedy landlords deny heat to tenants, would be revising the title to: Baby It's Cold Inside!


*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 shower20rack 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.