Chloé Zhao and ‘Nomadland’ Lead Nominations From Alliance of Women Film Journalists (EXCLUSIVE)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced their nominees for their 2020 EDA awards, with Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” leading with nine nominations including best film and director. With 25 individual categories, their awards are divided into three sections: the standard “Best Of” section, the “Female Focus” awards and “EDA Special Mentions.” Women dominated the “best of” section, with four of the five slots occupied by women.

Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” was the second-highest nomination leader with eight, and Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” nabbed six mentions. “Our EDA Awards always honor the year’s best regardless of gender,” says AWFJ and EDA Awards founder Jennifer Merin. “We are thrilled that in 2020 three female-directed films have emerged as our most-nominated films. Even better, two of these and several other multi-nominated films tell stories centering on strong and complex female characters from diverse backgrounds.”

The AWFJ will announce their winners on Jan. 4.

The full list of nominees are:


(These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration)

Best Film

  • “Minari” (A24)
  • “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” (Focus Features)
  • “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
  • “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Best Director 

  • Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
  • Regina King, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
  • Kelly Reichardt, “First Cow” (A24)
  • Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
  • Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actor

  • Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
  • Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
  • Delroy Lindo, “Da 5 Bloods” (Netflix)

Best Actress 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Screenplay, Original 

  • “Mank” (Netflix) – Jack Fincher
  • “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) – Emerald Fennell
  • “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Aaron Sorkin

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Best Animated Film

Best Cinematography 

Best Editing 

Best Documentary 

Best Non-English-Language Film

Best Ensemble Cast – Casting Director


(These awards honor WOMEN only)

Best Woman Director 

Best Woman Screenwriter 

Best Animated Female 

Best Woman’s Breakthrough Performance 

Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry 


Grand Dame Award for defying ageism.

Most Egregious Lovers’ Age Difference Award 

She Deserves A New Agent Award 

Most Daring Performance Award 

Time Waster Remake or Sequel Award 

AWFJ Hall of Shame Award 

  • Shia LeBoeuf for his ongoing abusive behavior
  • Christopher Nolan for insisting that “Tenet” be screened exclusively in theaters during a pandemic.
  • Dallas Sonnier and Adam Donaghey at Cinestate for sexual harassment, abuse and cover-up.


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