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'Suffragette,' 'Room,' 'Danish Girl' honored by Women Film Critics Circle

By Karen Butler   |   Dec. 19, 2015 at 11:43 AM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The voting-rights drama Suffragette was the big winner when the Women Film Critics Circle announced its awards this week.

The picture earned the accolades for Best Movie About Women, Best Ensemble, Courage in Filmmaking for director Sarah Gavron, Best Movie By a Woman, Best Actress for Carey Mulligan and Best Female Images in a Movie. The film also scored the group's Karen Morley Award for "best exemplifying a woman's place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity."

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy was honored with the Best Woman Storyteller title and Eddie Redmayne was named Best Actor for The Danish Girl. Redmayne's co-star Alicia Vikander was recognized with the Invisible Woman Award, which is presented to an actress "whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored."

Room standout Brie Larson won the prize for Best Young Actress and Courage in Acting, and she and her co-star Jason Tremblay shared the Best Screen Couple award with 45 castmates Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, due to a tie.

Charlize Theron earned the Best Female Action Star mantle for Mad Max: Fury Road, Amy Schumer picked up the Best Comedic Actress gong for Trainwreck and Amy was deemed Best Documentary By or About Women.

Lily Tomlin earned the Lifetime Achievement accolade and the Best Foreign Film By or About Women title went to The Second Mother.

Recognized for Worst Female Images in a Movie was Jurassic World; Best Male Images in a Movie was Bridge of Spies; and Worst Male Images in a Movie was Steve Jobs.

Inside Out was declared 2015's Best Family Film and Amy Poehler's character Joy was named Best Animated Female.

The year's Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie By or About Women is Bessie.

The Adrienne Shelly Award, which spotlights a film that "most passionately opposes violence against women," went to He Named Me Malala, while What Happened, Miss Simone? was lauded with the Josephine Baker Award "for best expressing the woman of color experience in America."

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