Women Journos Give 'Kids Are All Right' Seven Awards, Including 'Best Nudity, Sex or Seduction'
The Kids Are All Right beats The Social Network with seven awards to four in the Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Awards, but Winter's Bone director Debra Granik beats Kids' Lisa Cholodenko for best director and outstanding achievement by a woman in film.
Despite reports that The Social Network won the EDA contest -- and it did win best film, director, adapted screenplay, and music -- Cholodenko's film won more mentions: best actress, original screenplay, woman screenwriter, ensemble, women's image (Annette Bening), cultural crossover and depiction of nudity, sexuality or seduction.
Debra Granik won best director and outstanding achievement by a woman in film, and Jennifer Lawrence won breakthrough star. Granik also received an endorsement from last year's best director Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow at two Soho House screenings last week -- what one Roadhouse Attractions exec called "the Bigelow Bump."
"Meeting her was a very powerful, positive bump for my brain," says Granik. "There are two ways [The Hurt Locker and Winter's Bone] are sisters: casting choices and choice of location."
A stickler for authenticity and on-location shooting, Granik says more movies should have budgets as low as Winter's Bone's $2 million. "I don't know why there isn't an ethos of frugality in filmmaking." The secret of her success: "Bullets of emotion fly, and you don't need gunfire to figure out the vicissitudes of what people want in this life."
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Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, is one of the entertainment industry's most experienced and trusted experts about the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. He started on the awards beat in 2001, writing for independent websites including his own ScottFeinberg.com before joining the Los Angeles Times and then THR, for which he writes “The Race” blog, which won the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Award for best entertainment blog of 2012-2013. A voting member of both the Broadcast Film Critics' Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, he is also writing a book about film history for young people for which he has interviewed more than 500 high-profile Hollywood figures whose careers span the silent era through the present.
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