Awards Calendar

  • HFPA: Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
    November 25, 2015
  • ASIFA: Deadline to renew or join ASIFA-Hollywood to be able to participate in the Annie Award voting
    November 30, 2015
  • VES: Submission Deadline
    November 30, 2015
  • ASIFA: Annie Award Nominations announced
    December 1, 2015
  • WGA: Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins
    December 1, 2015
  • DGA: Online voting for Feature Film Nominations opens
    December 2, 2015
  • HFPA: Final screening date for Motion Pictures
    December 2, 2015
  • WGA: Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced
    December 3, 2015
  • HFPA: Final date for Motion Picture press conference
    December 5, 2015
  • AFI: Honorees Announced
    December 7, 2015

Philomena Lee to Be Honored by Women's Rights Group

Philomena Lee
Philomena Lee
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The Feminist Majority Foundation will present its Eleanor Roosevelt Award to the inspiration behind one of this year's best picture nominees.

Philomena Lee, the Irish nurse portrayed by Judi Dench in Philomena, is set to receive the highest honor from the women's rights group Feminist Majority Foundation.

Lee will receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Award during the Global Women's Rights ceremony on May 5. The Los Angeles event is being chaired by Mavis Leno and Jay Leno.

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"Philomena Lee belongs to the bravest category of warriors, the person who defies threats of shame and retribution and tells," said Mavis Leno. "Now, because of the Philomena Project, thousands of other women whose children were not given away, but stolen, may have help finding the sons and daughters they never got to take home. They will not have to die with their stories untold and their children's stories unknown to them."

Philomena tells the true story of Lee, who was forced to give up her son for adoption when he was 3. Fifty years later, she set out to find him with the help of a British journalist.

"It is thrilling when a motion picture sets the stage for real humanitarian activism, as is the case with Philomena," said Katherine Spillar, executive vp of the Feminist Majority Foundation. "It is even more thrilling when the power of a film and the power of a determined woman bring us to an imminent reversal of an inhumane condition."

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