We are delighted to announce that the National Society of Film Critics, whose annual awards are widely considered as some of the most prestigious film critics awards in the United States, has chosen Women Make Movies to receive a 2021 Film Heritage Award! In the Society’s announcement, they wrote that the Film Heritage Award, intended to highlight institutions dedicated to preserving and enhancing cinema culture, was awarded to “Women Make Movies, which, since the 1970s, has been releasing daring and distinctive female-directed movies that more conventional distributors wouldn’t touch.”
WMM extends warm congratulations to our fellow 2021 Film Heritage Award honorees: the American film magazine Film Comment (which is temporarily on hiatus due to the pandemic); and The Brattle, a long-standing, much-beloved repertory theater located in Cambridge, MA. And congratulations to the wonderful films by women who made their list, particularly Chloé Zhao and “Nomadland,” who won both Best Director and Best Picture, and Eliza Hittman, who won Best Screenplay for her film “Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Never,” which is a drama about abortion access.
The National Society of Film Critics is known for and is made up of sixty of the most prominent film critics in the U.S., including Justin Chang (L.A. Times), Richard Brody (The New Yorker), Lisa Kennedy (The Denver Post), Owen Gleiberman (Variety), Amy Taubin (Art Forum, Film Comment), Todd McCarthy (Hollywood Reporter), Dennis Lim (freelance, New York Film Festival), Kenneth Tuhran (L.A. Times), and J. Hoberman among others.