'Searching for Sugar Man,' 'Amour' take doc, foreign prizes

“Zero Dark Thirty,” along with “Amour” and “Searching for Sugar Man,” snatched up kudos from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ seventh annual EDA Awards.

AWFJ, membership org of female film journos and crix from the U.S., Canada and Blighty, announced today its winners, which represent outstanding accomplishments by and about women in cinema.

In the EDA “Best of” categories, thesps Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) and Daniel Day Lewis (“Lincoln”) were feted for their leading roles, with supporting kudos going to Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”). Malik Benjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man” received the EDA for best doc, and Michael Haneke’s “Amour” took “Best Non-English-Language Film.” Best pic winner “Zero Dark Thirty” swept the AWFJ EDA “Best of” categories with five awards and landed two more in the female-centric EDA Focus Awards.

Additional EDA Focus Award winners include Lucy Alibar, who received Best Woman Screenwriter for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; Jennifer Lawrence, who grabbed Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star, from “The Hunger Games”; “Brave” heroine Merida — voiced by Kelly Macdonald — which drew Best Animated Female; and Quvenzhané Wallis, who earned Best Breakthrough Performance for her efforts in “Beasts.”

AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism — presented to an actress for portrayal of the most positive female role model — went to Chastain, and this year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry — presented to a female who makes a record – breaking, industry – changing achievement — was given to five docu filmmakers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Detropia”), Lauren Greenfield (“Queen of Versailles”), Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei Never Sorry”) and Sarah Burns (“The Central Park Five”).

AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS

Best Film: “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Screenplay, Original: Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Screenplay, Adapted: Chris Terrio – “Argo”

Best Documentary: “Searching For Sugar Man”

Best Animated Film: “ParaNorman”

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis – “Lincoln”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Phillip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”

Best Ensemble Cast: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Editing: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda – “Life of Pi”

Best Film Music or Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Non-English-Language Film: “Amour”

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS

Best Woman Director: Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Woman Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star: Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games”

Best Animated Female: Merida (Kelly Macdonald) – “Brave”

Best Breakthrough Performance: Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actress Defying Age and Ageism: Judi Dench – “Skyfall”

AWFJ Award for Humanitarian Activism: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (“Detropia”), Lauren Greenfield (“Queen of Versailles”), Alison Klayman (“Ai Weiwei Never Sorry”) and Sarah Burns (“The Central Park Five”).

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