Year-End Dash

I already lamented in my closing of the last Mini-Review Round-Up that there were movies I saw in November that never got written up. They are included here by necessity, but truth be told, they do form part of the year-end dash as well because this year I started my search for eligible titles earlier than ever. Anything I see from here until 12/31 will have at least some write-up here. It will be quick and this post will update daily. Some titles, if deserving and if I have time may get another more detailed write-up.

Enjoy the dash. Lists and awards to follow. To see what my ratings mean go here.

Late November

The Other Son

The Other Son (2012, Cohen Media Group)

Sometimes themes develop very unexpectedly throughout the year. One that has occurred this year is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This film, which oddly was a co-production but not selected by either nation for the Oscars, uses perhaps the most effective vehicle possible to examine the issue (children switched at birth) and examines it very well.

9/10

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (2012, Focus Features)

This is one of the few films this year that has something I call the “Atom Bomb” effect, which means that it ‘mushroom clouds’ so to speak, it grows the further away from impact you are. It was a film I felt very strongly on a visceral level as I watched it, but as I reflected upon it I was further ravished by the conscious theatrical presentation, which seemed to me to represent the societal facade through which Anna fights. As she comes closer to embracing her emotions the set seem more filmic, when scenes are dealing with emotional contrivance, they are more theatrical. I haven’t had a chance to revisit the film and test the theory, but regardless of interpretation it works. The moving camera lends much of the feeling, but the lack of cuts in certain sequences forces the actors, especially Knightley, to convey many conflicting emotions all in sequence without the aid of the edit and they do so tremendously. The score is wonderful, there are few if any aspects of the production that are not first rate, making it one of the best films of the year.

10/10

The Road

This is a most unusual film. It’s split into three distinct acts marked by time. They get progressively better, less awkward & stilted than the start such that the last act, climax and denoument save it. 6/10

Elena

This film is an effective drama. It’s sold as a thriller because it fits, but only loosely by what genre-treatment has acclimated us to here in the US. It’s very low-key and interesting but makes some off third act scene choices. 7/10

Heat Wave

A very intriguingly constructed narrative that almost imperceptibly mounts tension and very clearly and accurately builds characters. 8/10

The Day I Saw Your Heart

Has funny and heartfelt moments but its characters are a bit too eccentric and immature in certain portions. Sympathy and empathy are hard to find at times. This inconsistency is remedied as stakes rise but it’s only a mere salvation. It does, however, feature great performances. 6/10

Shun Li and the Poet

Any look at different immigration patterns worldwide will pique my interest to an extent. However, what’s most compelling here isn’t just insight into Chinese émigrés but the characters they play and the performances delivered. This is a warm, moving film that is beautifully photographed. 8/10

On the Ice

This is a slice of neo-neorealist cinema (if you can follow that) set in a native community in Barrow, AK. As opposed to something like Before Tomorrow, which dealt with traditional living in Canada, this film deals with the clash of modern times and tradition in the US. This is a low-key thriller very well executed that features shocking twists and turns. 9/10

A Separation

This film falls into that awkward category for me where it’s one of those films where I fully understand the appeal, I just don’t necessarily agree with it. There’s a compelling narrative, great performances but there are more than a few dubiously handled and conveyed pieces of information that topples the house of cards for me. 5/10

War Witch

War Witch (2012, Tribeca Film)

This is a film that when you pull apart its elements you’d wonder how they managed to combine so many seemingly disparate facets in a very seamless way. It’s a war story, a drama, coming-of-age narrative, with much Magical Realism and cultural specificity. It also features outstanding performances. This film is Canada’s official selection for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film, and interestingly cited as Congolese in its Independent Spirit Award nomination as it was set & shot there. 7/10

The Barrens

This film did some interesting things in the realm of belief and attacking the protagonists credibility, but that’s not maximized as the doubt cast is undercut. Aside from that ultimately too many of the tropes are clichéd. The performances of the adult leads are wildly inconsistent, typically stronger when playing heightened emotions, Allie MacDonald and Peter DaCunha‘s consistency give the film some balance. 4/10

December 1st

Hitchcock (2012, Fox Searchlight)

Hitchcock

In a manner that is completely contradictory to the very issue that exists with the Psycho remake, the behind-the-scenes recreations and dramatizations are the best moments in Hitchcock: Hitch speaking over the driving scene and the enactment of the shower scene reactions to name two. Anthony Hopkins, Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy are the strongest re-enactors in the cast. The issues with the film are many: lack of focus, minimal arc, cutesy-ness, and one very specific and peculiar subplot is allowed far too much play. There are the occasional good insights into a creative mind but not enough.

4/10

December 2nd

Klown (2010, Drafthouse Films)

Klown

This film is unapologetically inappropriate, and most definitely not for the faint of heart as it one-ups many of the recent raunchy American comedies. It also manages to be a good deal funnier than most if not all of them. The film is expertly performed and cast.

10/10

Abel

The narrative seeks character studies and creates them and at times they are compelling, but they’re snapshots of stasis for the most part. Abel develops a new pattern to his illness but nearly everyone seemingly ends about where they started which makes it a rather vapid experience.

3/10

December 3rd

Kauboy (2012, Waterland Film BV)

Deep Blue Sea

What’s great about movie-watching in this day and age is that I heard this had won a New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Actress, and I decided to stream it just afterwards. Rachel Wiesz is great in this film, and I do love how visual it is, and how it takes us into a love affair in medias res. However, in someway it not only eschews certain tropes about how stories begin, but it also does so for how they progress, and to the film’s detriment. It mostly works until the stilted anti-climax.

5/10

Kauwboy

The Netherlands’ entry into the Best Foreign Language Film fray is quite a wonderful one indeed, and for the second year running the Netherlands could have a major player at the BAM Awards. Kauwboy is tale that’s simply told and all the more beautiful for it. It artistically expresses the wonderment of childhood, how a child can keep himself occupied, but also how a child can retreat and hide away from a difficulty. There’s great tension at times, and also laughs. The world is small containing few players, but all of them are well played; including the very expressive debutant Rick Lens. A most excellent film.

10/10

The Devil’s Carnival

This film seems to try to pick-up on the cult success of Repo: The Genetic Opera, which I have yet to see, in terms of being a horror musical, but combine that with a loose anthology structure, but yet a brisk running time. However, the pacing is sluggish, the narrative is overly loose even within segments, and sadly misfires throughout. It’s hard to watch.

3/10

Jesus Henry Christ

This film operates too much on chance, forced quirkiness and inconsistent dialogue. The actors are talented but are far too often put in forced or artificial situations. There are scenes that work, but they are few and far between.

4/10

December 4th

Friends with Kids (2012, Roadside Attractions)

The Bad Intentions

This is Peru’s submission to the Foreign Language Film fray this year. There are interesting themes and subplots examined in this film but few, if any of them, are fully explored or expand at an agreeable rate. Thus, the film suffers pace-wise and the coming to terms seems all the more abrupt for it.

5/10

Friends with Kids

This is a film whose premise is one of a subversive, humorous social experiment brings some anticipated consequences. For as seemingly fresh as the start of this film is, it falls into line thematically, structurally and socially. As uninspired as it may seem, it is funny enough, charming enough and well-told such that it’s enjoyable.

7/10

December 5th

Headhunters (2011, Magnet Releasing)

Oslo, August 31st

This is a film with some very effective use of voiceover, although it tries it doesn’t supersede The Dynamiter in that usage, it takes place over the course of one day, features some very strong performances, shots and transitional elements. However, the film ends up being a little distant from me and an emotional disconnect. On a visceral level it doesn’t reach the heights it does technically.

6/10

Headhunters

When I tweeted about this film I came a little too close to sounding like a pull-quote for my liking; I ran out of characters. What Headhunters is a prime example of is how Nordic nations, through adaptations of successful novels, have breathed new life into the recently lifeless crime thriller genre. I do believe this is a bit more than just change of venue and language. There’s usually been a noir-like gray area with most characters, fantastic twists, reversals of fortune and strong performances. The exoticness of locale is a cherry on top.

8/10

December 7th

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2012, Magnet Releasing)

Parasitic

This is one of those movies that you keep on watching in spite of itself. To mention the few things that are worth noting the prosthesis and effects aren’t terrible and after a herky-jerky start the pace pick up, but overall the film laugh out loud bad, filled with painful dialogue that believes its witty and constant affronts to acting. Not to mention the story is fairly thing and filled with conveniences.

1/10

Beyond the Black Rainbow

This is a film that is quite the mind-bender. Its daring and exacting visuals are matched by precise, pounding, droning score. It seems like a great blend of stylistic elements of quite a few directors, but the story doesn’t match up to all the technical prowess and its conclusion it a bit anticlimactic. Not to mention the stinger.

7/10

December 8th

Casa de mi Padre (2012, Pantelion Films)

Playing for Keeps

This is yet another romantic comedy, and about the only thing that can be said to be refreshing is just how silly and ridiculous it can get on the comedic side. One of the things that keeps it enjoyable is how separate those things stay. Of course, the film gets rather predictable and in its own way a bit too much but it’s enjoyable.

6/10

Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate

This film keeps my attention for about half its running time then it slows up, gets bogged down in additional histories, strategic planning and newfound alliances and really loses your interest as it get progressively more ridiculous than it was prior.

4/10

Casa de mi Padre

I admit I was very skeptical about this film, even being a big Will Ferrell fan. However, this works very well and ends up being very funny indeed. It’s a hilarious send up not only of low-rent Mexican fare, but is also unveiled silly commentary on the war on drugs. Ferell’s better-than-expected Spanish combined with his playing yet another dolt, and the supporting cast, really make it work.

8/10

December 9th

Neighboring Sounds (2012, Cinema Guild)

A Trip

I will confess there are some good dramatic building blocks in the latter-half of Slovenia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film, but the first have is a drudgery of slow-paced scenes; insufficient and simple character building and comedic misfires that make many of the better second half moments moot. There are other issues with the film, but even if they weren’t it’s a nearly insurmountable deficit.

3/10

Neighboring Sounds

This is a film which has the intentional modern malaise combined with a Grand Hotel style structure taking place in modern day Recife, Brazil. It quietly without too much overt discussion illustrates many urbane urban concerns. With a deft sound design that often goes from a drone to blare-out scene ending it demonstrates the discreet maddening of the bourgeoisie, and working class as the case may be. This is yet another strong entry from Brazil this year.

8/10

Red Dawn

Welcome to the most facile occupation of a nation in the history of the world, filled with clumsy dialogue, an annoying anti-hero, some odd casting choices and some production design misfire, along with some poorly played American football; have fun!

4/10

Help for the Holidays

Help for the Holidays (2012, Hallmark)

For my take on this film please go here.

December 10th

Get the Gringo (2012, Icon)

Get the Gringo

This is an interesting spin on the antihero crime film, which also takes place in an unconventional Mexican prison. The fish-out-of-water element allows us to enter the world and accept it fairly easily. There are minor plot points that come together at the very end. When you add humor, a ticking-clock element, another good turn by Gibson and a very impressive one by Kevin Hernandez (The Sitter), it’s a very enjoyable film.

8/10

Rites of Spring

This is a film where a tweet isn’t enough to convey the disappointment a film metes out. More and more you’ll find hybridization. Since there’s not really “new” idea, combine old tropes creatively. That’s the key to the success of something like American Horror Story. However, the balance, the execution, the acting, the lack of any sort of twist, barring the initial title card; make this a wasted experience.

3/10

Alps

This is Giorgos Lanthimos’s follow up to Dogtooth, and I like that film a great deal and was pleased to find that this film too focuses on a fairly unique microcosm. What is lacking in this film is that it’s not as thorough, not as polished an exploration. While it does explore character’s psyches with subtlety it doesn’t take the plunge early and often enough and end ups feeling the slightest bit hollow.

6/10

Holy Motors

Holy Motors (2012, Indomina)

While Holy Motors, like Alps deals with an unusual “business,” and like Alphaville deals with much larger implications than production value might otherwise indicate (not that they’re low), you can’t really compare it to anything. It’s the kind of film that as you think about it you find it’s absolutely saying something at given points, it may not be a wholly underlying ideal, but there are several within the context of one most unique tale. It’s the kind of film that’s just enjoyable to watch even if you’re not sure why at first. It’s the kind of film that exemplifies Bergman‘s assertion about an audiences understanding the emotional meaning of a film rather than the literal meaning.

It features a mesmerizing lead performance by Denis Lavant, brilliant prosthetics work, and a catchy original song performed by Kylie Minogue, amongst many other things.

It’s almost impossible to give a rating to the film at this juncture, especially as it seems to be ascendant at this moment. However, let’s say the placeholder is:

9/10

As I may revisit it soon.

December 11th

The Aggression Scale (2012, Achor Bay)

Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

This a fairly brisk, pretty funny, character study that due to its insights and use of symbolism overcomes the occasional awkward line and down moment. It presents the interesting conundrum of a woman unsure of her motherly intuition and desires when faced with a past that presents the same issues.

6/10

The House of Tomorrow

This film has a few unenviable hurdles for a doc: one being a wide scope and the other being needing to give requisite history lessons. However, the film succeeds because its fulcrum is TEDx HolyLand that brought together Isreali and Palestinian women to discuss ideas, business, social goals, and to open dialogue. That provides great sound bites and allows the additional required information to be placed strategically. The ideas put forth, and the importance of the meeting, aside from factual reminders, make this well worth watching, regardless of any structural or technical issues faced.

7/10

The Aggression Scale

My tweet on this film gives no more away than the synopsis of this film I feel: This is like the Home Alone as a horror film trailer taken seriously, and I mean that as a compliment. It’s awesome. This film has an effective open that directly ties to later events, features great bloodwork, some very solid performances including Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook and the chillingly astute, silent turn of Ryan Hartwig. It raises the stakes, chaos, violence, and in some cases, ingenuity of the aforementioned film while also making those things a function of character more so than the element of surprise.

9/10

Goats

This film hits an emotional flat line about midway through, and that’s really where the pace begins to lag. It doesn’t distance itself from similar films thematically. Whereas I lauded Boy for being about acceptance of family the struggle in this film is overly-internalized and not omnipresent. There’s minimal character-building to start, just establishment of quirks. Then some things that seem like changes are status quo. The struggle is small and the overcoming thereof smaller.

3/10

December 12th

Uninhabited (2010, Viva Films)

Uninhabited

This is a film that has a slow, consistent burn that does eventually lead to a very interesting myth. It’s just a shame that the myth is buried so late and that the build-up isn’t as intriguing as the finale.

5/10

December 13th

Area 407 (2012, IFC Films)

Area 407

There is nearly nothing that this film does right. There are inexplicable character decisions, lapses in logic, unforgivably bad found footage camera work, too much yelling and overlapping dialogue and trudging plot filled with performances that are, nearly without exception, not up to snuff.

1/10

December 14th

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice (2011, Fox Searchlight )

This is a film that has very interesting construction, some great nuances, lots of visual information to parse and an open ending. However, aside from being an anticlimactic one rather than a gutting one, it’s also a very clumsily-handled one that undermines much of the good work the film had dome to that point.

5/10

The Fields

This is a film that looks great and tells a very visual tale of true story and/or urban legend. However, much of the dialogue that appears sparsely is bad, some of the staging is poor motivations awkward and set-ups tritely showy. There is also, after a certain point a lack of escalation.

3/10

December 15th

Howling (2012, CJ E&M Pictures)

Howling

It’s a shame that this film over-extends some late montages and milks them for schmaltz because this is a surprisingly complex and intriguing procedural mystery up to that point, which would be better if tightened up.

7/10

December 17th

Goodbye First Love (2011, Sundance Selects)

Goodbye First Love

This film deals with time passing, emotional shifts & visual communication quite easily. It quickly establishes these things visually and moves on subtly without lingering too long. It’s a very sure-handed film that does well to represent the internal conflicts the characters are dealing with.

8/10

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

This is a film that has much more going on underneath the surface than above it. However, it doesn’t quite click for me. As the occasional tale is told and revisited, it becomes clear what the intents are it’s just perhaps not the most compelling way to make the points that are being discussed.

5/10

December 18th

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012, Warner Bros.)

The Salt of Life

As pleasant a surprise as Mid-August Lunch was, this follow-up is equally disappointing. Thinly plotted, only the slightest chuckles, recycled jokes and tropes; virtually no real cause for this remakes exist. The only positive is, if you weren’t aware of the fact already, you now know it happens overseas too.

4/10

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Based on all the banter I had heard about this film before I got to see it, I fully expected to despise this film. I didn’t. I do acknowledge that for those who have read the book that divorcing oneself from the source material may prove difficult here as it is a sprawling, elaborated version of the tale. I, personally, came in unencumbered by expectations from another medium.

I hope that as a series this bucks the precedent of the original trilogy where the second installment plays like a feature-length second act as opposed to an individual installment. Getting back to this film once it gets really going, which does take a bit longer than desired, it works. I also saw this film in 48 fps. It’s not quite ready for primetime it would seem. In the beginning when the lighting is flatter, it’s like you’re watching the world’s largest HDTV. There are issues handling both movement of the camera and character movement throughout. Movement isn’t always smooth, it’s at times jittery. As for helping the 3D, I’m not the best judge there, but the depth seemed consistent later on. I usually defer to CinemaBlend and agree with their final assessment.

Aside from all the extras, including the fact that I was also watching this in a new local theater, I think it is enjoyable, and perhaps having the original three as a background buoys it, but I think it’s a better start to the proceedings.

8/10

December 20th

Silent Night (2012, Anchor Bay)

Take This Waltz

I try not to fall into the likability trap, and I think some may confuse liking the character with being interested in them or wanting to watch them. However, having characters I dislike and am disinterested in, is just one of the failings of this film. There’s also the handling of the love-hate aspect, the cuckolding, the framing of the narrative and the circular shot montage, which in a “lesser” film would’ve been the subject of ridicule, amongst other things that fail this film. The dialogue is at times forced, in one unfortunate sequence fails the Gay Dilemma litmus test, there are depths to plumb that are worth a look, but after a while it seems pointless. The ending isn’t as unsatisfactory as the rest, but certainly could’ve been better. Likely to rank as one of the year’s worst.

1/10

The Devil’s Rock

This is a film that takes a very interesting angle on dealing with Nazis and the occult, especially with regards to the setting of the tale. The set-up is very effective and it could more fully exploit its trappings, but it does hold interest and contain some surprises.

7/10

Silent Night

I have not seen the film upon which this is based, but knowing that it spawned a low-budget franchise of its own makes it a candidate for examination next time 61 Days of Halloween rolls around. There aren’t nearly enough evil Santa tales, while this one doesn’t go to a “real Santa” like Santa’s Slay, this is definitely my favorite so far: good twists and mistaken identity, great turns from Malcolm McDowell with hilarious “movie cop” dialogue, and Donal Logue and excellent kills.

8/10

December 21-31

The following films were also viewed, factored into awards and lists, but didn’t get extemporaneous write-ups.

Django Unchained (2012, The Weinstein Company)

Magic Mike

Killer Joe

McConaughey is also nominated for this film as Best Actor.

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

A Royal Affair

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Movies Viewed in 2012

Towards the tail end of last year I got sidetracked away from compiling this list. It’s rather futile to go back and add everything missed in. Aside from a series of Méliès shorts they’re mostly found in last year’s BAM Considerations and in the BAM Nominees. What made the list difficult to keep up with was all the subdividing I did. So this year I’ll string them all in a row but if it’s a short or otherwise noteworthy I’ll include some tidbit on the side. May this list grow quickly with many great discoveries for both you and I, dear reader.

New titles to me are merely italicized.
Encore screenings are in plain text.
BAM Eligible titles are italicized and Bold.

1. Ride a Wild Pony
2. So Dear to My Heart
3. Big Red
4. Silk Road
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
6. Beneath the Darkness
7. The Devil Inside
8. Burnt Offerings
9. Parents
10. Days of Heaven
11. This is England
12. Film Socialisme
13. Peeping Tom
14. Let’s Sing Again
15. 666: The Child
16. 11/11/11
17. Hellbreeder
18. Make a Wish
19. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
20. Contraband
21. The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
22. The Glass Child
23. Rawhead Rex
24. 7 Up (short)
25. The Phantom Museum (short)
26. Disco (short)
27. The Horse Without a Head
28. Blood & Roses
29. Burn, Witch, Burn
30. Anamorphosis (short)
31. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (short)
32. Nocturna Artificialia (short)
33. The Club of the Laid Off (short)
34. A Ballad About Green Wood (short)
35. The House of the Devil
36. The Reflecting Skin
37. The Hole
38. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
39. Underworld: Awakening
40. Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72
41. Elephant Boy
42. Design (short)
43. Auditions for Extinct Anatomies (short)
44. The Drum
45. Disc Jockey (short)
46. Fata Morgana
47. Streets of Crocodiles (short)
48. In Absentia (short)
49. The Comb
50. Hawaii Calls
51. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
52. Underworld: Evolution
53. The Innkeepers
54. The Comedy of Terrors
55. The Town That Dreaded Sundown
56. The Round Up (La Rafle)
57. Riddles for a Candy (short)
58. The Vanished World of Gloves (short)
59. Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers
60. 7 Plus Seven
61. Apocalypse Now
62. The Last Theft (short)
63. Key Largo
64. House of Dark Shadows
65. Big Miracle
66. The Woman in Black
67. The Fallen Idol
68. The Invisible Woman
69. Chabelo y Pepito Detectives
70. Texas Killing Fields
71. Scrooge
72. The Turin Horse
73. The Search
74. The Grey
75. Judgment at Nuremberg
76. Lies My Father Told Me
77. Aqua (short)
78. The Ladykillers
79. The White Cliffs of Dover
80. Indiscretion of an American Housewife
81. Wait Until Dark
82. PTU
83. Norwegian Ninja
84. Lady and the Tramp
85. Pentecost (Short)
86. Raju (Short)
87. Time Freak (Short)
88. Tuba Atlantic (Short)
89. The Shore (Short)
90. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
91. Sunday (Short)
92. The Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore (Short)
93. Wild Life (Short)
94. La Luna (Short)
95. A Morning Stroll (Short)
96. Skylight (Short
97. Nullarbor (Short)
98. Amazonia (Short)
99. The Hybrid Union (Short)
100. Escape to Paradise
101. M
102. Panic in the Streets
103. Assault on Precinct 13
104. Kamui: Gaiden
105. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
106. The Green Years
107. Peter Pan (2003)
108. A Farewell to Arms
109. Wild Boys of the Road
110. One Step Ahead of My Shadow (short)
111. Heroes For Sale
112. Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence (Short)
113. The Seven Little Foys
114. The Window
115. Breaking the Ice
116. The Secret World of Arrietty
117. Frenzy
118. The Thief of Bagdad
119. To Catch a Thief
120. A Man Called Peter
121. Tristana
122. Stella Dallas
123. Boomerang!
124. The Letter
125. Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
126. The V.I.P.s
127. A Farewell to Arms
128. Mrs. Parkington
129. Bless the Beasts & Children
130. Life with Father
131. Meat Love (Short)
132. Prairie Love
133. Family Portrait
134. This is My Home (Short)
135. The Calligrapher (Short)
136. Kiss of the Spider Woman
137. Dawn of the Dead
138. The Watchers
139. The Tomb of Ligeia
140. Snowtown Murders
141. Moon Child
142. 21 Jump Street
143. John Carter
144. Safe House
145. The Fire That Burns
146. Dr. Phibes Rises Again
147. Werewolf of London
148. Blood and Lace
149. The Masque of the Red Death
150. Infection
151. 21 Up
152. Sodoma’s Ghost
153. Song of Sparrows
154. L’enfance Nue
155. Visages d’enfants
156. Amador
157. We Need to Talk About Kevin
158. Silent House
159. The Hunger Games
160. Being Flynn
161. Safe House
162. John Carter
163. The Announcement
164. North by Northwest
165. The Wrong Man
166. Strangers on a Train
167. Dial ‘M’ for Murder
168. I Confess
169. The Sitter
170. Querelle
171. Meeting Evil
172. Boy
173. Blood Feast
174. Godspell
175. Wrath of the Titans
176. The Cabin in the Woods
177. The Raid: Redemption
178. Bully
179. Spectre
180. The Blame
181. Earth Minus Zero
182. Ghoul
183. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
184. House (1986)
185. Vidas Secas
186. Theater of Blood
187. Valley of the Zombies
188. American Experience: Dinosaur Wars
189. Saint Nick
190. A Child Called Jesus
191. The Pit and the Pendulum
192. Madhouse
193. Werewolf of London
194. Blood and Lace
195. From Time to Time
196. World on a Wire
197. A Real Friend
198. XMas Tale
199. Glue
200. Spectre
201. Blame
202. 28 Up
203. Halloween: H20
204. Outcast
205. Hellraiser: Revelations
206. Black Girl
207. The Fox and the Hound 2
208. Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
209. Harley’s Hill
210. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
211. 7 Below
212. Smitty
213. Monsieur Lazhar
214. The Lucky One
215. Habeas Corpus (short)
216. Big Business (short)
217. Two Tars
218. Death and Cremation
219. House II: The second Story
220. The Fox and the Hound
221. Goobers! (fka Mystery Monsters)
223. 28 Up
224. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
225. Marvel’s The Avengers
226. The Life and Passion of Jesus (1905)
227. From the Manger to the Cross (1912)
228. Weddings and Babies
229. Lollipops and Lovers
230. A Bag of Hammers
231. Chronicle
232. Battleship
233. Dark Shadows
234. Red Riding Hood
235. Rio
236. Puss in Boots
237. Thor
238. Abduction
239. 35 Up
240. Final Destination 5
241. 42 Up
242. 49 Up
243. Joshua
244. A Whisper in the Dark
245. Piranha 3DD
246. Michael
247. The Gate
248. Snow White & the Huntsman
249. Battlefield America
250. Hospitalité
251. First Position
252. Hick
253. Chernobyl Diaries
254. Men in Black 3
255. The Dictator
256. Alien
257. Citizen Gangster
258. Corpo Celeste
259. How it Ended (short)
260. Keyhole
261. Found Memories
262. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
263. 13 Women
264. No Greater Glory
265. Coriolanus
266. Madagasgar 3
267. Brave
268. The Sugarland Express
269. The Manster
270. Death Bed: The Bed That Eats
271. Killer Klowns from Outer Space
272. Theatre Bizarre
273. From a Whisper to a Scream
274. The Starfighters
275. Even Dwarfs Started Small
276. Tales from the Hood
277. The War of the Buttons (1994)
278. Where the River Runs Black
279. Only When I Dance
280. Lil’ A (Short)
281. Dinner with a Vampire
282. The Birds
283. Twilight Zone: The Movie
284. Three Extremes
285. In the Family
286. Playback
287. Island of Lost Souls
288. Humanoids of the Deep
289. Konrad
290. Prometheus
291. I’m Not Jesus Mommy
292. Summer Interlude
293. Johnny Shiloh
294. King Dinosaur
295. The House of Usher
296. Ganges
297. Tales That Witness Madness
298. Steppenwolf
299. Beautiful Wave
300. Hands of the Ripper
301. The Amazing Spider-Man
302. The Matchmaker
303. Goon
304. Ted
305. Safety Not Guaranteed
306. North Sea Texas
307. Sassy Pants
308. The Dark Knight Rises
309. To Rome with Love
310. Hiding
311. The Samaritan
312. Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
313. People Like Us
314. Brats (1930)
315. Shorts
316. Always
317. Jet Boy
318. Amazing Grace and Chuck
319. Not Another Teen Movie
320. Almost Angels
321. Emil and the Detectives
322. Student Bodies
323. The Appeared
324. Flash Gordon (1980)
325. The District!
326. The Hunt

The Following section of films are all shorts directed by Georges Méliès who was featured in the film Hugo. I have to the best of my abilities attempted to show which of these films was new to me:

327. The Card Party
328. The Vanishing lady
329. A Nightmare
330. The One-Man Band
331. The Triple-Conjurer and the Living Head
332. Exelsior The Prince of Magicians
333. The Devil and the Statue
334. Gulliver’s Travels Among the Lilliputians and Giants
335. The Kingdom of the Fairies
336. The Infernal Cakewalk
337. Jupiter’s Thunderballs
338. The Cook in Trouble
339. The Black Imp
339. The Crazy Composer
340. The Eclipse, or The Courtship of the Sun and Moon
341. The Conquest of the Pole

342. Nanny McPhee
343. The Whisperer in Darkness
344. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
345. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
346. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
347. Exit Humanity
348. Intruders
349. Detention
350. The Watch
351. Jurassic Park
352. Deadly Blessing
353. A Shine of Rainbows
354. Absentia
355. Fright
356. Hotel Magnezit (short)
357. Children of the Damned
358. Village of the Damned
359. ParaNorman
360. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
361. Bowery at Midnight
362. The Moth Diaries
363. Lovely Molly
364. The Apparition
365. The Campaign
366. New Rose Hotel
367. Boarding Gate
368. The Gamma People
369. What’s the Matter with Helen?
370. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
371. The Terminal
372. Amer
373. Damien: The Omen 2
374. Clive Barker’s Salome
375. Clive Barker’s The Forbidden
376. The Hidden Face
377. Planet of the Vampires
378. The Vampire’s Ghost
379. The Crimson Cult
380. Penumbra
381. The Mummy (1932)
382. Wake Wood
383. Moth Diaries
384. Bowery at Midnight
385. O Pagador de Promessas (The Promise Keeper)
386. Asterix and the Vikings
387. The Satanic Rites of Dracula
388. Grave of the Vampire
389. The Possession
390. Spud
391. V/H/S
392. [REC]3: Genesis
393. Ghost Town
394. Lady in White
395. Spud
396. Vorstadtkrokodile 2
397. Penumbra
398. Vampire Circus
399. The Unearthly
400. The Crawling Eye
401. The Indestructible Man
402. Robot Monster
403. Zombie Nightmare
404. The Tall Man
405. Trauma
406. The Stendhal Sydrome
407. The Aristocats
408. Penrod & Sam
409. The Castle of Fu Manchu
410. The Brute Man
411. Last of the Wild Horses
412. Chabelo y Pepito Contra los Monstruos
413. Pan Negro
414. Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
415. The Master
416. Hellphone
417. Nimmermeer
418. House at the End of the Street
419. Borderland
420. Amors Baller
421. The Nun
422. A Nightmare on Elm Street
423. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
424. Girl vs. Monster
425. Bringing Up Bobby
426. Sinister
427. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
428. Robot & Frank
429. Hansel & Gretel
430. Aro Tolbukhin: In the Mind of a Killer
431. House of Long Shadows
432. Stub, the Best Cowdog in the West
433. Little Dog Lost
434. The Pod People
435. Revolt of the Zombies
436. Finale
437. The Final
438. The Thing from Another World
439. Looper
440. Trick ‘r Treat
441. Listen, Darling

Shorts

442. A Shot in the Excitment
443. Curses! They Remarked
444. The Beau Brummels
445. The Noise of Bombs
446. Ask Father
447. Get Out & Get Under
448. Haunted Spooks
449. Among Those Present

450. 9.79*
451. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
452. Black Rat
453. The Nude Vampire
454. The Rape of the Vampire
455. The Shiver of the Vampire
456. Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
457. The Devil Within Her
458. Muoi: The Legend of a Portrait
459. Magic Silver 2
460. Magic Silver
461. Birdemic: Shock & Terror
462. The Monitor
463. Fun Size
464. Paranormal Activity 4
465. Seven Psychopaths
466. Benji
467. Ghosts of Ole Miss
468. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
469. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
470. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
471. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
472. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
473. Freddy vs. Jason
474. Gog
475. Requiem for a Vampire
476. Elena
477. Heat Wave
478. Sick Nurses
479. The Pact
480. The Road
481. Queen Margot
482. The Day I Saw Your Heart
483. The Dynamiter
484. Teddy Bear
485. Off White Lies
486. Shun Li and the Poet
487. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
488. ATM
489. Argo
490. War of the Buttons
491. Simon and the Oaks
492. Cloud Atlas
493. Skyfall
494. Wreck-It Ralph
495. A Separation
496. Lady in the Lake
497. On the Ice
498. The American Scream
499. Bernie
500. House of Voices
501. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
502. The Relic
503. Broke
504. Anna Karenina
505. The Other Son
506. Rise of the Guardians
507. Lincoln
508. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
509. The White Shadow
510. A Christmoose Carol
511. Home Alone: Holiday Heist
512. Life of Pi
513. The Dust Bowl
514. Goats
515. The Aggression Scale
516. The House of Tomorrow
517. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
518. Holy Motors
519. Alps
520. Rites of Spring
521. Get the Gringo
522. Red Dawn
523. Neighboring Sounds
524. A Trip
525. Casa de mi Padre
526. Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate
527. Playing for Keeps
528. Beyond the Black Rainbow
529. Parasitic
530. Headhunters
531. Oslo, August 31st
532. Friends with Kids
533. The Bad Intentions
534. Jesus Henry Christ
535. The Devil’s Carnival
536. Kauwboy
537. Deep Blue Sea
538. Abel
539. Klown
540. Hitchcock
541. War Witch
542. A Separation
543. The Barrens
544. Area 407
545. Sound of My Voice
546. Howling
547. The Fields
548. Help for the Holidays
549. Demonia
550. Bones
551. I Am Gabriel
552. It’s a Wonderful life
553. Jack Frost
554. Silent Night
555. Devil’s Rock
556. Take This Waltz
557. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
558. The Salt of Life
559. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
560. Goodbye First Love
561. Magic Mike
562. Killer Joe
563. A Royal Affair

564. Django Unchained
565. Les Misérables
566. It’s a Wonderful life
567. Jack Frost (1998)
568. Parental Guidance

Short Film Saturday: Limbo, the Organized Mind

This is a short film by Jim Henson as orginally presented on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Here’s some insight from Open Culture:

Not having grown up during the Muppets’ first and highest wave of popularity, I’ve always wondered how something like The Muppet Show could possibly have attained such mainstream cultural primacy. A friend of mine who did spend his childhood watching puppeteer Jim Henson’s array of creatures do their thing on national television offers a simple explanation: “It was the seventies.” Though Henson began his puppetry career twenty years before The Muppet Show’s 1974 pilot episode, his distinctively earnest yet presciently post-psychedelic vision seemed made for that decade. America responded by elevating his work into the zeitgeist, and not just the stuff properly involving Muppets. Above, you can watch a 1974 clip from The Tonight Show featuring a short performance from Henson and fellow Muppeteer Dave Goelz called Limbo, the Organized Mind.

Henson and Goelz treat Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show audience to a journey through the brain, as an abstracted, hand-operated face narrates the passage through organic structures like his medulla oblongata, and cerebrum, and the seats of things less definable, like thoughts of his family, thoughts of his enemies, his “extra-special section of good thoughts,” his evil thoughts, and his fears. The score comes from electronic composition pioneer Raymond Scott, whose 1964 album Soothing Sounds for Baby has won great respect among enthusiasts of ambient music. Watching Limbo, the Organized Mind in 2012 brings one obvious lament to mind: why don’t they make such delightfully eccentric and artistic television anymore? But of course they do make it, in stranger and less predictable ways than even Henson did, but mainly in the countless fragmented, comparatively marginal venues of modern media. Limbo aired on a show that half the people you knew would have seen. It was the seventies.

Limbo can be found in the Animation section of our ever-growing list of Free Online Movies.

2012 BAM Award Shortlists

So last year the deliberations took a very long because I never stared so many possibilities in the face. The idea this year is to break up some of that time.

Much of the time is spent splitting hair so the shortlists will trim the fat. If you compare the BAM Consideration lists in Film, Acting and Behind the Scenes the idea is to have these lists be at minimum 50-66% smaller.

Best Picture

Total to Start: 55
Goal: 26

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Woman in Black

The Turin Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Boy

Raid: The Redemption

The Cabin in the Woods
Monsieur Lazhar
In the Family
Ted

Goon
North Sea Texas

The Dark Knight Rises
The Odd Life of Timothy Green

ParaNorman

Sinister

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Skyfall
Anna Karenina

Lincoln

The Aggression Scale

Holy Motors
Kauwboy

Killer Joe
The Dynamiter

The Avengers

Note: while these films, barring a few last minute entries, will likely contain my Best Picture nominees they will also make up much of my top 30, but that is not guaranteed. The year has some life in it yet.

Best Foreign Film

Started with: 55
Goal: 27

La Rafle

The Turin Horse
Moon Child

Raid: The Redemption

Monsieur Lazhar

Found Memories

The Matchmaker

North Sea Texas

[REC] 3: Génesis


Nimmermeer

Amors Baller

Magic Silver

Elena

Teddy Bear


Shun Li and the Poet

War of the Buttons

Simon and the Oaks

The Other Son
Holy Motors
Neighboring Sounds
Casa de mi Padre

Headhunters

Kauwboy

Klown

War Witch

The Boy with the Bike

Note: Time permitting I’ll also do a dedicated foreign film list.

Best Documentary

This is honestly a category whose eligible titles are too few to shortlist. I’m still on the fence about whether to pick one. I feel strongly about a few so I likely will with a caveat.

Most Overrated Picture

If you look at the considerations you’ll note there are only five films listed. Based on some recent thoughts, I may pass on this category this year. I’ll delve into the why if I do.

Worst Picture

Recently I’ve sought to have 10 films in every category wherever possible. I could populate the consideration list for this category a bit more. This category likely will happen, but again too short to halve.

Most Underrated Picture

Started with: 55
Goal: 27

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Turin Horse

Moon Child

Meeting Evil

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
First Position

In the Family

The Samaritan

People Like Us

Intruders

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Nimmermeer

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Magic Silver

The Dynamiter

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

War of the Buttons

Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas

On the Ice

Bernie

Anna Karenina

The Aggression Scale
Get the Gringo

Kauwboy

Silent Night

Killer Joe


Break. More to come in the morning.

Best Cast

Started with: 100
Goal: 50

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle

The Turin Horse
The Cabin in the Woods
Boy

Being Flynn

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Monsieur Lazhar
Michael

The Matchmaker
Ted

Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed

North Sea Texas

The Dark Knight Rises
The Samaritan
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Intruders

The Campaign

[REC] 3: Génesis
The Master

Amors Baller

Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Robot & Frank
Looper

The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
Elena

Shun Li and the Poet
Argo
Simon and the Oaks
Skyfall
A Separation

Anna Karenina
Lincoln

The Other Son

Holy Motors
Get the Gringo

Kauwboy

A Separation
Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Actress

Started with: 73
Goal: 36


Sandra Bullock Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Mélanie Laurent La Rafle

Erika Bók The Turin Horse

Lynn Collins John Carter

Magaly Solier Amador

Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin

Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games
Kristen Connolly The Cabin in the Woods

Yle Vianello Corpo Celeste

Sonia Guedes Found Memories

Aubrey Plaza Safety Not Guaranteed

Eva van der Gucht North Sea Texas
Ashley Rickards Sassy Pants
Ruth Negga The Samaritan

Gretchen Lodge Lovely Molly

Leticia Dolera [REC] 3: Génesis

Cristina Brindo Penumbra

Martina Garcia The Hidden Face

Eira Stuedhal Amors Baller

Emma Watson The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Noomi Rapace The Monitor
Nadhedza Markina Elena
Tao Zhao Shun Li and the Poet

Judi Dench The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Helen Sjöholm Simon and the Oaks
Leila Hatami A Separation

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina
Edith Scob Holy Motors

Irma Brown Neighboring Sounds

Rachel Weisz Deep Blue Sea
Karina Gidi Abel
Rachel Mwanza War Witch

Lola Creton Goodbye First Love
Juno Temple Killer Joe

Alicia Vikander A Royal Affair
Cecile De France The Boy with the Bike

Best Actor

Started with: 105
Goal: 52


Thomas Horn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Gad Elmaleh La Rafle

Daniel Radcliffe The Woman in Black

Jánis Derszi The Turin Horse

Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games

Paul Dano Being Flynn

James Rolleston Boy

Fellag Monsieur Lazhar

Dane DeHaan Chronicle
Michael Fuith Michael

Kanji Furutachi Hospitalité
Sacha Baron Cohen The Dictator
Andrew Garfield The Amazing Spider-man
Tuval Shafir The Matchmaker

Seann William Scott Goon

Mark Duplass Safety Not Guaranteed

Jelle Floorizoone North Sea Texas
Christian Bale The Dark Knight Rises
Samuel L. Jackson The Samaritan

Kaoru Kobayashi Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

Clive Owen Intruders

CJ Adams The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Will Ferrell The Campaign
Zach Galiafinakis The Campaign

Joaquin Phoenix The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master

Ethan Hawke Sinister
Logan Lerman The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Frank Langella Robot & Frank

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper

Colin Farrell Seven Psychopaths

Kim Kold Teddy Bear

Rade Serbedzija Shun Li and the Poet
Bill Nighy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Bill Skarsgård Simon and the Oaks
Daniel Craig Skyfall
Payman Maadi A Separation
Jack Black Bernie
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Anna Karenina

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln

Denis Lavant Holy Motors

Mel Gibson Get the Gringo

Will Ferrell Casa de mi Padre
Aksel Hennie Headhunters
Anders Danielsen Lie Oslo, August 31st
Rick Lens Kauwboy
Jimmy Bennett Bones

Matthew McConaughey Killer Joe

Mads Mikkelsen A Royal Affair

Best Supporting Actress

Started with: 70
Goal: 35


Viola Davis Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Sylvie Testud La Rafle

Kelly McGillis The Innkeepers

Janet McTeer The Woman in Black

Anna Hutchison The Cabin in the Woods

Mira Sorvino Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Charlize Theron Snow White & the Huntsman
Pasqualina Scuncia Corpo Celeste

Lisa Fávero Found Memories

Kelly McAndrew In the Family

Kateljin Damen North Sea Texas

Anna Gunn Sassy Pants

Anne Hathaway The Dark Knight Rises

Penelope Cruz To Rome with Love

Dee Wallace Exit Humanity

Pilar Lopez de Ayala Intruders

Alexandra Holden Lovely Molly

Sarah Baker The Campaign

Amy Adams The Master

Emily Blunt Looper

Valérie Maës Sexual Chronicles of a French Family

Elena Lyadova Elena

Maggie Smith The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Katharina Schüttler Simon and the Oaks

Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford On the Ice

Shirley MacLaine Bernie

Kelly MacDonald Anna Karenina

Emily Watson Anna Karenina
Areen Omari The Other Son

Sally Field Lincoln


Kylie Minogue Holy Motors

Brit Marling Sound of My Voice

Gena Varela Devil’s Rock

Sarah Silverman Take This Waltz

Gina Gershon Killer Joe

Best Supporting Actor

Started with: 111
Goal: 55

Dennis Quaid Beneath the Darkness
Max Von Sydow Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Ciaran Hinds The Woman in Black
Mihaly Kormos The Turin Horse
Channing Tatum 21 Jump Street
Celso Bugallo Amador
Taika Waititi Boy
Refet Abazi The Forgiveness of Blood
Michael B. Jordan Chronicle
Tatsuya Kawamura Hospitalité
Jesse McCartney Chernobyl Diaries
Josh Brolin Men in Black 3
Christopher Lloyd Piranha 3DD
Trevor St. John In the Family
Adir Miller The Matchmaker
Jay Baruchel Goon
Marc-André Grondin Goon
Mathias Vergels North Sea Texas
Luk Wyns North Sea Texas
Thomas Coumans North Sea Texas
Haley Joel Osment Sassy Pants
Diedrich Bader Sassy Pants
Michael Caine The Dark Knight Rises
Joseph Gordon-Levitt The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Wilkinson The Samaritan
Steve Zahn Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Devon Bostick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Richard Ayoade The Watch
Dylan McDermott The Campaign
Lázaro Mur Pan Negro
Harald W. Bord Weedon Amors Baller
James Ransone Sinister
Ezra Miller The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Kristoffer Joner The Monitor
Christopher Walken Seven Psychopaths
Jim Broadbent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
John Goodman Argo
Alan Arkin Argo
Jan Josef Liefers Simon and the Oaks
Ben Whishaw Cloud Atlas
Hugo Weaving Cloud Atlas
Jim Broadbent Cloud Atlas
Hugh Grant Cloud Atlas
Ben Whishaw Skyfall
Javier Bardem Skyfall
Shahab Hosseini A Separation
Matthew McConaghuey Bernie
Jude Law Anna Karenina
Pascal Elbé The Other Son
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Michael Sheen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Gael Garcia Bernal 
Casa de mi Padre
Nicolaj Coster-Waldau 
Headhunters
Hans Olav Brenner 
Oslo, August 31st
Loek Peters 
Kauwboy

Shahab Hosseini A Separation

Peter DaCunha The Barrens
Donal Logue 
Silent Night
Malcolm McDowell Silent Night
Matthew McConaughey 
Magic Mike
Emile Hirsch 
Killer Joe
Mikkel Boe Foesgaard 
A Royal Affair

Best Youth Ensemble

Started with: 71
Goal: 35

La Rafle
The Woman in Black
Moon Child
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Boy
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
From Time to Time
Michael
The Matchmaker
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Intruders
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Spud
The Possession
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Amors Baller
Magic Silver
The Road
The Dynamiter
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Anna Karenina
Home Alone: Holiday Heist

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Started with: 17
Goal: 8

Ryan Simpkins Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Sophie Nélisse Monsieur Lazhar
Chloe Grace Moretz Hick
Yle Vianello Corpo Celeste
Natasha Calls The Possession
Leonie Tepie Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Ane Viola Semb Magic Silver
Elya Inbar Off White Lies
Rachel Mwanza War Witch
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild

I purposely over-shot the goal by one here to defer further decisions. Deeper field than expected.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Started with: 29
Goal: 14

Thomas Horn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Quentin Challal Moon Child
James Rolleston Boy
Émilien Néron Monsieur Lazhar
Jelle Florizoone North Sea Texas

CJ Adams The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Troye Sivan Spud
Francesc Colomer Pan Negro
Nick Romeo Reimann Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Kåre Hedebrant Amors Baller

Johan Tinus Lindberg Magic Silver
Jonatan S. Wächter Simon and the Oaks
Rick Lens 
Kauwboy

Jimmy Bennett Bones
Thomas Doret The Boy with the Bike

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Started with: 42
Goal: 21

Adèle Excharpolous La Rafle
Chloë Grace Moretz Texas Killing Fields
Ashley Gerasimovich We Need to Talk About Kevin
Moerangi Tihore Boy
Marie-Ève Beauregard Monsieur Lazhar
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows
Nina Marie Kortekaas North Sea Texas
Ella Purnell Intruders
Odeya Rush The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Madison Davenport The Possession
Marina Comas Pan Negro
Katherine McNamara Girl vs. Monster
Clare Foley Sinister
Sarina Farhadi A Separation
Diana Zriek The Other Son
Mary Wisselmann The Other Son
Jeanne Disson 
Holy Motors


Susan Radder 
Kauwboy
Sarina Farhadi A Separation

Avery Kristen Pohl Sound of My Voice

Break 2 – Actors are complete after next list then on to the technical side.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Started with: 90
Goal: 45

Gulliver Hecq Film Socialisme
Ahmaogak Sweeney Big Miracle
Fergus Riordan Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
Jasper Newell We Need to Talk About Kevin
Liam Broggy Being Flynn
Ryan Lee Meeting Evil
Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu Boy
John Bell Wrath of the Titans
Louis-David Leblanc Monsieur Lazhar
Vincent Millard Monsieur Lazhar
Seddik Benslimane Monsieur Lazhar
The Forgiveness of Blood
Kwayedza Kureya From Time to Time
Gully McGrath Dark Shadows
Chandler Canterbury A Bag of Hammers
Philipp Stöger Michael
Xavier Atkins Snow White & the Huntsman
Christian Martyn Citizen Gangster
Sebastian Banes In the Family
Aedin Mincks Ted
Bretton Manley Ted
Ben van Den Heuvel North Sea Texas
Nathan Naenen North Sea Texas
Mathias Vergels North Sea Texas
Aramis Knight The Dark knight Rises
Michael Hall D’Addario People Like Us
Robert Capron Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Christian Martyn Exit Humanity
Izán Corchero Intruders
Grant Goodman The Campaign
David Hürten Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Michael D’Addario Hall Sinister
Pierce Gagnon Looper
Vetle Qvenild Werring The Monitor
Torkil Johannes Swensen Høeg The Monitor
Renz Valerio The Road
John Alex Nunnery The Dynamiter
Karl Martin Eriksson Simon and the Oaks
Brody Nicholas Lee Cloud Atlas
Clément Godefroy War of the Buttons
Théophile Baquet War of the Buttons
Louis Dussol War of the Buttons
Harold Werner War of the Buttons
Nathan Parent War of the Buttons
Eros Vlahos Anna Karenina
Oskar McNamara Anna Karenina
Gulliver McGrath Lincoln
Peter DaCunha Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Kevin Hernandez Get the Gringo

Serge KanyindaWar Witch
Peter DaCunha The Barrens

Best Director

Started With: 60
Goal: 30

Stephen Daldry Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
James Watkins The Woman in Black
Béla Tarr The Turin Horse
Lynne Ramsay We Need to Talk About Kevin
Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
In the Family
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed

North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
ParaNorman
Sinister

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
The Dynamiter
Argo
Skyfall

Bernie
Anna Karenina
Lincoln

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors



Kauwboy

Klown


Killer Joe

Best Cinematography

Best Cinematography

Started with: 69
Goal: 34

The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Raid: Redemption
Citizen Gangster

Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
The Amazing Spider-man
North Sea Texas

The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
ParaNorman
Nimmermeer

Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
The Road
Simon and the Oaks

Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
On the Ice
Lincoln
Anna Karenina

Life of Pi

Holy Motors

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy


Deep Blue Sea
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Makeup

Best Makeup

Started with: 51
Goal: 24

The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
Moon Child
The Cabin in the Woods
The Dictator
Keyhole
Prometheus
Goon
The Dark Knight Rises
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
Anna Karenina

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors

Hitchcock


Devil’s Rock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Started with: 55
Goal: 27

The Turin Horse
Taika Waititi Boy
Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods
Gareth Evans The Raid: Redemption
Chronicle
Michael
Keyhole
Found Memories
In the Family
Ted
Safety Not Guaranteed
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
Nimmermeer
Sinister
Robot & Frank
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
Wreck-It Ralph
On the Ice

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Kauwboy


Klown


Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Started with: 35
Goal: 17

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Woman in Black
We Need to Talk About Kevin
From Time to Time
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Skyfall
Bernie
Rise of the Guardians
Anna Karenina
Klown

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Editing

Started With: 73
Goal: 36

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Turin Horse
The Grey
Moon Child
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Being Flynn
The Raid: Redemption
Boy
From Time to Time
Chronicle
Michael
Keyhole

In the Family
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
ParaNorman
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Magic Silver
The Dynamiter
Argo
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Headhunters


Kauwboy


Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Score

Best Score

Started with: 83
Goal: 41

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
The Turin Horse
Moon Child
The Hunger Games
Wrath of the Titans
The Raid: Redemption
John Carter
Monsieur Lazhar
Hick
Keyhole
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Ted
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Safety Not Guaranteed
Absentia
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
ParaNorman
Nimmermeer
Sinister
The Dynamiter
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Argo
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
On the Ice
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Aggression Scale

Holy Motors


Casa de mi Padre
Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy

War Witch

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Started With: 50
Goal: 24

The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
The Cabin in the Woods
Safe House
John Carter
Wrath of the Titans
Chronicle
Battleship
Prometheus
The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
Sinister
Looper
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians


Holy Motors


Neighboring Sounds

Headhunters


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

Best Visual Effects

Started with: 38
Goal: 19

The Woman in Black
John Carter
The Cabin in the Woods
Wrath of the Titans
The Hunger Games

Chronicle
Prometheus
The Amazing Spider-man
Ted
The Dark Knight Rises

The Whisperer in Darkness
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
Sinister
Looper

Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Anna Karenina

Best Art Direction

Started with: 77
Goal: 38

The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
John Carter
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Hunger Games
The Raid: Redemption
The Cabin in the Woods
From Time to Time
Dark Shadows
Michael
The Dictator
Keyhole
Found Memories
In the Family
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
The Whisperer in Darkness
ParaNorman
Pan Negro
The Master
Nimmermeer
Sinister
Magic Silver
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Anna Karenina

Holy Motors


Get the Gringo

Beyond the Black Rainbow
Deep Blue Sea


Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Costumes

Started With: 66
Goal: 33

La Rafle
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
John Carter
Boy

The Cabin in the Woods
From Time to Time
Dark Shadows
Keyhole

Found Memories

The Amazing Spider-man
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Whisperer in Darkness

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
ParaNorman
Pan Negro
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Magic Silver

War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
On the Ice
Anna Karenina

Lincoln

Holy Motors


Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


Magic Mike

A Royal Affair

Best Song

Best Song

Started With: 42+
Goal: 21

“When the Blaze is Blue” The Americans Texas Killing Fields
“The Next Episode” The Dictator
“The Song of General Sargeant Aladeen” The Dictator
“Afro Circus” Madagasgar 3
“The Thunder Buddy Song” Ted

“The Big Machine” Safety Not Guaranteed
“Rise” The Dark Knight Rises
“Just One of the Boys” Spud
“Giving it All” Spud
“You Had Me At Hello” Girl vs. Monster

“Who Were We” 
Holy Motors

“Casa de Mi Padre” 
Casa de mi Padre
“You Are the One” Ricky Koole 
Kauwboy

“Song of the Lonely Mountain” 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
“Ladies of Tampa” 
Magic Mike

“Skyfall” Skyfall
“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” Spud
Aivaaq’s Rap On the Ice

2012 BAM Considerations -Behind the Scenes Categories

This year for easier browsing my awards considerations will be gathered on three lists similar to those in which winners are announced.

Best Director

Stephen Daldry Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Rose Bosch La Rafle
James Watkins The Woman in Black
Béla Tarr The Turin Horse
Phil Lord & Chris Miller 21 Jump Street
Lynne Ramsay We Need to Talk About Kevin
Fernando León de Aranoa Amador
Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
First Position
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-man
Ted
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
The Dynamiter
Teddy Bear
Shun Li and the Poet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Argo
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
Bernie
Anna Karenina
The Other Son
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Get the Gringo


Neighboring Sounds
Beyond the Black Rainbow

Headhunters


Kauwboy

Klown


Killer Joe

Best Cinematography

Beneath the Darkness
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
The Innkeepers
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Amador
Meeting Evil
The Raid: Redemption
From Time to Time
Dark Shadows
Snow White & the Huntsman
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Amazing Spider-man
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Samaritan
Intruders
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Lovely Molly
ParaNorman
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
The Master
Nimmermeer
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Elena
Heat Wave
The Pact
The Road
The Day I Saw Your Heart
The Dynamiter
Shun Li and the Poet
Argo
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
A Separation
On the Ice
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
Anna Karenina
Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Life of Pi

Holy Motors

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea
The Fields

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Makeup

The Devil Inside
Texas Killing Fields
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
The Grey
Snowtown Murders
Moon Child
The Hunger Games
The Raid: Redemption
The Cabin in the Woods
Ghoul
From Time to Time
Dark Shadows
Chernobyl Diaries
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Keyhole

Theatre Bizarre
In the Family
Prometheus
The Amazing Spider-man
Goon
The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
Lovely Molly
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
The Tall Man
Nimmermeer
House at the End of the Street
Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
The Road
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Anna Karenina

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Parasitic
The Devil’s Carnival

Kauwboy

Klown

Hitchcock


Silent Night

Devil’s Rock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Original Screenplay

Rose Bosch La Rafle
The Turin Horse
Fernando León de Aranoa Amador
Taika Waititi Boy
Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods
Gareth Evans The Raid: Redemption
The Forgiveness of Blood
A Bag of Hammers
Chronicle
Piranha 3DD
Michael
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
In the Family
Ted
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sassy Pants
To Rome with Love
The Samaritan
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Absentia
Intruders
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Lovely Molly
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
Pan Negro
The Master
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
Sinister
Robot & Frank
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
Shun Li and the Poet
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
A Separation
On the Ice
The Other Son

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Get the Gringo

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Headhunters


Kauwboy


Klown

War Witch
Sound of My Voice

Devil’s Rock
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Goodbye First Love

Best Adapted Screenplay

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Contraband
The Woman in Black
Big Miracle
Being Flynn
Meeting Evil
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
From Time to time
Monsieur Lazhar

The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Whisperer in Darkness
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Spud
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Bernie
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
Anna Karenina

Get the Gringo

Klown


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Editing

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
Big Miracle
The Turin Horse
The Grey
Moon Child
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Being Flynn
The Raid: Redemption
21 Jump Street
Boy
Bully
From Time to Time
Monsieur Lazhar
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

A Bag of Hammers
Chronicle
Michael
First Position
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-man
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
The Samaritan
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Intruders
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
The Master
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Girl vs. Monster
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
Heat Wave
The Pact
The Dynamiter
Shun Li and the Poet
Argo
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
Bernie
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
The Dust Bowl

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors

Playing for Keeps

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Parasitic

Headhunters


Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea
Sound of My Voice

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Score

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
Big Miracle
The Turin Horse
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Moon Child
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Hunger Games
Wrath of the Titans
The Raid: Redemption
John Carter
Monsieur Lazhar
From Time to Time
A Bag of Hammers
Piranha 3DD
Michael
Snow White & the Huntsman
Battlefield America
Hospitalité
First Position
Hick
Chernobyl Diaries
Men in Black 3
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Ted
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
Absentia
The Watch
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Lovely Molly
ParaNorman
Spud
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
Nimmermeer
Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
The Dynamiter
Shun Li and the Poet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Argo
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
On the Ice
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
The Dust Bowl
Goats

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Casa de mi Padre
Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy

War Witch

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Contraband
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The Cabin in the Woods
Safe House
John Carter
21 Jump Street
Wrath of the Titans
Silent House
The Hunger Games
Chronicle
Battleship
Michael
Keyhole

Prometheus
The Amazing Spider-man
Goon
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Absentia
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Lovely Molly
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
The Tall Man
Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
On the Ice
Anna Karenina
Rise of the Guardians
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Neighboring Sounds
Beyond the Black Rainbow

Headhunters


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

Best Visual Effects

La Rafle
The Woman in Black
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The Grey
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
John Carter
The Cabin in the Woods
Wrath of the Titans
The Hunger Games
Chronicle
Battleship
Snow White & the Huntsman
Battlefield America
Men in Black 3
Theatre Bizarre
Prometheus
The Amazing Spider-man
Ted
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Dark Knight Rises
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Absentia
Intruders
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
ParaNorman
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
Sinister
Looper
Magic Silver
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph

Holy Motors

Beyond the Black Rainbow
Anna Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Art Direction

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Moon Child
Amador
John Carter
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Hunger Games
Boy
Wrath of the Titans
The Raid: Redemption
The Cabin in the Woods

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
From Time to Time
A Bag of Hammers
Dark Shadows

Michael
Snow White & the Huntsman
Hospitalité
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Keyhole
Found Memories
Theatre Bizarre
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Ted
Goon
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
The Samaritan
Intruders
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
ParaNorman
Spud
[REC] 3: Génesis
Penumbra
The Hidden Face
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
The Master
Nimmermeer
House at the End of the Street
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
The Dynamiter
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Rise of the Guardians
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
A Christmoose Carol
Life of Pi
Anna Karenina

Holy Motors


Get the Gringo


Neighboring Sounds
Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea

Abel

Hitchcock

War Witch

A Separation

The Fields

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Costumes

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Underworld: Awakening
La Rafle
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Moon Child
John Carter
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Hunger Games
Boy
The Cabin in the Woods
From Time to Time
A Bag of Hammers
Dark Shadows
Michael
Snow White & the Huntsman
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Goon
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Lovely Molly
ParaNorman
Spud
[REC] 3: Génesis
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
The Master
Nimmermeer
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Argo
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
On the Ice
Anna Karenina
Lincoln
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part

Holy Motors

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea
Hitchcock

I Am Gabriel

Silent Night

Devil’s Rock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Magic Mike

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Song

“When the Blaze is Blue” The Americans Texas Killing Fields
“What a Wonderful World” Dwayne Johnson Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
“Powerful Man” Bless Moon Child
“Let Me Know” Bless Moon Child
“In The Air” Bless Moon Child
“Arrietty’s Song” Bridgit Medler The Secret World of Arrietty
“My Body is a Cage” Peter Gabriel John Carter
The Hunger Games
Harley’s Hill
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
A Bag of Hammers
Battlefield America
The Dictator

Madagasgar 3
Brave
Ted
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome With Love
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Lovely Molly
Spud
Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Nimmermeer
Girl vs. Monster
Magic Silver 2
Magic Silver
Ghosts of Ole Miss
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
On the Ice
Bernie
Rise of the Guardians
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
A Christmoose Carol
The Dust Bowl

Holy Motors


Casa de mi Padre

Kauwboy


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Magic Mike

2012 BAM Considerations- Acting Categories

This year for easier browsing my awards considerations will be gathered on three lists similar to those in which winners are announced.

Best Cast

Contraband
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
The Grey
21 Jump Street
The Cabin in the Woods
Boy
Meeting Evil
Being Flynn
Amador
The Hunger Games
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Ghoul
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
From Time to Time
A Bag of Hammers
Michael
Hospitalité
Hick
Chernobyl Diaries
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole
Found Memories
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Matchmaker
Ted
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
The Samaritan
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
People Like Us
The Whisperer in Darkness
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Intruders
Absentia
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
ParaNorman
Spud
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
The Hidden Face
Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
The Master
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
Girl vs. Monster
Bringing Up Bobby
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Robot & Frank
Looper
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Fun Size
Seven Psychopaths
Elena
Heat Wave
The Day I Saw Your Heart
Off White Lies
Shun Li and the Poet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Argo
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
A Separation
Bernie
Anna Karenina
The Other Son
Lincoln
Life of Pi
Anna Karenina
The Other Son
Holy Motors


Get the Gringo

Neighboring Sounds
Casa de mi Padre

Kauwboy
A Separation


Sound of My Voice

Silent Night

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Goodbye First Love

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Actress

Aimee Teegarden Beneath the Darkness
Sandra Bullock Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Kate Beckinsale Underworld: Awakening
Mélanie Laurent La Rafle
Sara Paxton The Innkeepers
Drew Barrymore Big Miracle
Erika Bók The Turin Horse
Lynn Collins John Carter
Magaly Solier Amador
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin
Elizabeth Olsen Silent House
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games
Kristen Connolly The Cabin in the Woods
Maggie Smith From Time to Time
Mekia Cox Battlefield America
Kumi Hyodo Hospitalité
Chloe Grace Moretz Hick
Kelly Reilly Citizen Gangster
Yle Vianello Corpo Celeste
Sonia Guedes Found Memories
Emma Stone The Amazing Spider-Man
Mila Kunis Ted
Aubrey Plaza Safety Not Guaranteed
Eva van der Gucht North Sea Texas
Ashley Rickards Sassy Pants
Ruth Negga The Samaritan
Elizabeth Banks People Like Us
Jennifer Garner The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Gretchen Lodge Lovely Molly
Leticia Dolera [REC] 3: Génesis
Natasha Calls The Possession
Cristina Brindo Penumbra
Martina Garcia The Hidden Face
Jessica Biel The Tall Man
Nora Navas Pan Negro
Jennifer Lawrence House at the End of the Street
Eira Stuedhal Amors Baller
Emma Watson The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Ane Viola Semb Magic Silver
Noomi Rapace The Monitor
Nadhedza Markina Elena
Adèle Haenel Heat Wave
Mélanie Laurent The Day I Saw Your Heart
Elsebeth Steentoft Teddy Bear
Elya Inbar Off White Lies
Tao Zhao Shun Li and the Poet
Judi Dench The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Helen Sjöholm Simon and the Oaks
Hall Berry Cloud Atlas
Judi Dench Skyfall
Leila Hatami A Separation
Keira Knightley Anna Karenina
Emmanuelle Devos The Other Son
Ann Margaret Hollyman 
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
Edith Scob 
Holy Motors

Aggeliki Papoulia Alps

Irma Brown Neighboring Sounds
Genesis Rodriguez 
Casa de mi Padre

Jennifer Westfeldt Friends with Kids
Rachel Weisz 
Deep Blue Sea
Karina Gidi 
Abel
Helen Mirren 
Hitchcock

Rachel Mwanza War Witch
Leila Hatami A Separation
Nicole Vicius 
Sound of My Voice

Na-yeong Lee Howling
Jessica Biel Playing for Keeps
Jamie King 
Silent Night

Michelle Williams Take This Waltz

Lola Creton Goodbye First Love
Juno Temple 
Killer Joe
Alicia Vikander 
A Royal Affair
Jamie King Silent Night

Best Actor

Mark Wahlberg Contraband
Thomas Horn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Gad Elmaleh La Rafle
Pat Healy The Innkeepers
Daniel Radcliffe The Woman in Black
John Krasinski Big Miracle
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Texas Killing Fields
Jánis Derszi The Turin Horse
Josh Hutcherson Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Liam Neeson The Grey
Nicholas Cage Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengence
Vincent Lindon Moon Child
Taylor Kitsch John Carter
Ryan Reynolds Safe House
Jonah Hill 21 Jump Street
Ezra Miller We Need to Talk About Kevin
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games
Paul Dano Being Flynn
Luke Wilson Meeting Evil
James Rolleston Boy
Iko Uwais The Raid: Redemption
Fran Kanz The Cabin in the Woods
Fellag Monsieur Lazhar
Jason Ritter A Bag of Hammers
Dane DeHaan Chronicle
Michael Fuith Michael
Chris Hemsworth Snow White & the Huntsman
Kanji Furutachi Hospitalité
Eddie Redmayne Hick
Sacha Baron Cohen The Dictator
Scott Speedman Citizen Gangster
Ricardo Merkin Found Memories
Patrick Wang In the Family
Andrew Garfield The Amazing Spider-man
Tuval Shafir The Matchmaker
Seann William Scott Goon
Mark Duplass Safety Not Guaranteed
Jelle Floorizoone North Sea Texas
Christian Bale The Dark Knight Rises
Jeremy Sumpter Hiding
Samuel L. Jackson The Samaritan
Kaoru Kobayashi Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Chris Pine People Like Us
Matt Foyer The Whisperer in Darkness
Zachary Gordon Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Mark Gibson Exit Humanity
Clive Owen Intruders
CJ Adams The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Will Ferrell The Campaign
Zach Galiafinakis The Campaign
Kodi Smit-McPhee ParaNorman
Troye Sivan Spud
Javier Botet [REC] 3: Génesis
Jeffrey Dean Morgan The Possession
Quim Gutierrez The Hidden Face
Nick Romeo Reimann Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Francesc Colomer Pan Negro
Nick Romeo ReimannVorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Joaquin Phoenix The Master
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master
Leonard Proxauf Nimmermeer
Max Thieriot House at the End of the Street
Kåre Hedebrant Amors Baller
Ethan Hawke Sinister
Logan Lerman The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Frank Langella Robot & Frank
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper
Mathias Melloul Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Colin Farrell Seven Psychopaths
Andrey Smirnov Elena
Ulysse Grosjean Heat Wave
Alden Richards The Road
Michel Blanc The Day I Saw Your Heart
William Patrick Ruffin The Dynamiter
Kim Kold Teddy Bear
Gur Bentvich Off White Lies
Rade SerbedzijaShun Li and the Poet
Bill Nighy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Ben Affleck Argo
Bill Skarsgård Simon and the Oaks
Tom Hanks Cloud Atlas
Daniel Craig Skyfall
Payman Maadi A Separation
Jack Black Bernie
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Anna Karenina
Jules Sitruk The Other Son
Mehdi Dehbi The Other Son
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Suraj Sharma Life of Pi
Denis Lavant Holy Motors
Johnny Verkis Alps
Mel Gibson 
Get the Gringo

Sebastiao Formiga 
Neighboring Sounds
Will Ferrell Casa de mi Padre

Aksel Hennie Headhunters
Anders Danielsen Lie 
Oslo, August 31st
Gerard Butler Playing for Keeps
Adam Scott Friends with Kids

Rick Lens Kauwboy
Anothony Hopkins Hitchcock
Payman Maadi A Separation

Christopher Denham 
Sound of My Voice
Kang-ho Song 
Howling

Jimmy Bennett Bones

Matthew McConaughey Killer Joe
Mads Mikkelsen 
A Royal Affair

Best Supporting Actress

Suzan Crowley The Devil Inside
Kate Backinsale Contraband
Viola Davis Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Sylvie Testud La Rafle
Kelly McGillis The Innkeepers
Chloë Grace Moretz Texas Killing Fields
Janet McTeer The Woman in Black
Vinessa Shaw Big Miracle
Nora Anezedar Safe House
Brie Larson 21 Jump Street
Nora Anezedar Safe House
Willow Shields The Hunger Games
Anna Hutchison The Cabin in the Woods
Mira Sorvino Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Carice Van Houten From Time to Time
Rebecca Hall A Bag of Hammers
Charlize Theron Snow White & the Huntsman
Bryerly Long Hospitalité
Pasqualina Scuncia Corpo Celeste
Lisa Fávero Found Memories
Kelly McAndrew In the Family
Sally Field The Amazing Spider-Man
Yarden Bar-Cochba The Matchmaker
Allison Pill Goon
Kateljin DamenNorth Sea Texas
Anna Gunn Sassy Pants
Anne Hathaway The Dark Knight Rises
Marion Cotillard The Dark Knight Rises
Ellen Page To Rome with Love
Penelope Cruz To Rome with Love
Alessandra Mastonardi To Rome with Love
Olivia Wilde People Like Us
Dee Wallace Exit Humanity
Carice Van Houten Intruders
Ella Purnell Intruders
Pilar Lopez de Ayala Intruders
Alexandra Holden Lovely Molly
Sarah Baker The Campaign
Clara Lago The Hidden Face
Marina Comas Pan Negro
Amy Adams The Master
Ursula Graeff Nimmermeer
Elisabeth Shue House at the End of the Street
Liv Tyler Robot & Frank
Emily Blunt Looper
Valérie Maës Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Elena Lyadova Elena
Carmina Villaroel The Road
Lamaiporn Hougaard Teddy Bear
Maggie Smith The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Leatitia Casta War of the Buttons
Katharina Schüttler Simon and the Oaks
Doona Bae Cloud Atlas
Sareh Bayat A Separation
Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford On the Ice
Shirley MacLaine Bernie
Kelly MacDonald Anna Karenina
Emily Watson Anna Karenina
Areen Omari The Other Son
Sally Field Lincoln
Vera Farmiga 
Goats
Kylie Minogue 
Holy Motors
Ariane Labed Alps


Toni Collette Jesus Henry Christ
Toni Collette Hitchcock

Sareh Bayat A Separation

Brit Marling 
Sound of My Voice

Gena Varela 
Devil’s Rock

Sarah Silverman Take This Waltz
Gina Gershon 
Killer Joe

Best Supporting Actor

Ben Foster Contraband
Caleb Landry Jones Contraband
Giovanni Ribisi Contraband
Dennis Quaid Beneath the Darkness
Tom Hanks Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Max Von Sydow Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Michael Ealey Underworld: Awakening
Jean Reno La Rafle
Udo Schenk La Rafle
Sam Worthington Texas Killing Fields
John Pingayak Big Miracle
Ciaran Hinds The Woman in Black
Dwayne Johnson Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Michael Caine Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Mihaly Kormos The Turin Horse
Quentin Challal Moon Child
Channing Tatum 21 Jump Street
John C. Reilly We Need to Talk About Kevin
Woody Harrelson The Hunger Games
Stanley Tucci The Hunger Games
Celso Bugallo Amador
Taika Waititi Boy
Joe Pantoliano Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Refet Abazi The Forgiveness of Blood
Hugh Bonneville From Time to Time
Jake Sandvig A Bag of Hammers
Michael B. Jordan Chronicle
Gully McGrath Dark Shadows
David Rauchenberger Michael
Tatsuya Kawamura Hospitalité
Jesse McCartney Chernobyl Diaries
Josh Brolin Men in Black 3
Renato Carpentieri
Corpo Celeste

Christopher Lloyd Piranha 3DD
Trevor St. John In the Family
Martin Sheen The Amazing Spider-Man
Adir Miller The Matchmaker
Seth McFarlane Ted
Jay Baruchel Goon
Marc-André Grondin Goon
Jake M. Johnson Safety Not Guaranteed
Mathias Vergels North Sea Texas
Luk Wyns North Sea Texas
Thomas Coumans North Sea Texas
Haley Joel Osment Sassy Pants
Diedrich Bader Sassy Pants
Michael Caine The Dark Knight Rises
Joseph Gordon-Levitt The Dark Knight Rises
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises
Alec Baldwin To Rome with Love
Jesse Eisenberg To Rome with Love
Roberto Begnini To Rome with Love
Fabio Armitiliato To Rome with Love
Tom Wilkinson The Samaritan
The Whisperer in Darkness
Steve Zahn Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Devon Bostick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Izán Corchero Intruders
Richard Ayoade The Watch
Joel Edgerton The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Dylan McDermott The Campaign
Tucker Albrizzi ParaNorman
Jamie Royal Spud
Lance Henriksen The Tall Man
Lázaro Mur Pan Negro
David Hürten Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Rolf Becker Nimmermeer
Sylvester Gross Nimmermeer
Harald W. Bord Weedon Amors Baller
James Ransone Sinister
Ezra Miller The Perks of Being a Wallflower
James Marsden Robot & Frank
Bruce Willis Looper
Nathan Duval Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Finn Schau Magic Silver
Kristoffer Joner The Monitor
Christopher Walken Seven Psychopaths
Jim Broadbent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
John Goodman Argo
Alan Arkin Argo
Guillaume Canet War of the Buttons
Jan Josef Liefers Simon and the Oaks
Ben Whishaw Cloud Atlas
Hugo Weaving Cloud Atlas
Jim Broadbent Cloud Atlas
Hugh Grant Cloud Atlas
Ben Whishaw Skyfall
Javier Bardem Skyfall
Shahab Hosseini A Separation
Matthew McConaghuey Bernie
Jude Law Anna Karenina
Pascal Elbé The Other Son
Khalifa Natour The Other Son
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Michael Sheen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Irrfan Khan Life of Pi
David Duchovny 
Goats
Ty Burrell Goats
Ray Wise 
The Aggression Scale
Kevin Hernandez Get the Gringo

Irandhir Santos Neighboring Sounds

Gael Garcia Bernal 
Casa de mi Padre
Diego Luna Casa de Mi Padre
Nicolaj Coster-Waldau 
Headhunters
Hans Olav Brenner 
Oslo, August 31st
Loek Peters 
Kauwboy

Shahab Hosseini A Separation

Peter DaCunha The Barrens
Donal Logue 
Silent Night
Malcolm McDowell Silent Night
Matthew McConaughey 
Magic Mike
Emile Hirsch 
Killer Joe
Mikkel Boe Foesgaard 
A Royal Affair

Best Youth Ensemble

Contraband
Film Socialisme
La Rafle
The Woman in Black
Texas Killing Fields
Snowtown Murders
Moon Child
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The Hunger Games
Boy
Ghoul
Harley’s Hill
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Smitty
Monsieur Lazhar
The Forgiveness of Blood
From Time to Time
Dark Shadows
Michael
Snow White & the Huntsman
Battlefield America
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Matchmaker
Ted
North Sea Texas
The Dark Knight Rises
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
The Whisperer in Darkness
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Day
Intruders
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Spud
The Possession
Vorstadtkrokodile 2
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
Sinister
Looper
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
The Road
The Dynamiter
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Skyfall
Argo
Cloud Atlas
A Separation
Anna Karenina
The Other Son
A Christmoose Carol
Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Life of Pi

Goats

The Aggression Scale


Neighboring Sounds
The Bad Intentions

Jesus Henry Christ


Kauwboy


Abel

Bones

A Royal Affair

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Kirstin Dorn Harley’s Hill
Ryan Simpkins Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Sophie Nélisse Monsieur Lazhar
Sindi Lacej The Forgiveness of Blood
Chloe Grace Moretz Hick
Yle Vianello Corpo Celeste
Natasha Calls The Possession
Leonie Tepie Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Leonie Tepie Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Olivia Holt Girl vs. Monster
Ane Viola Semb Magic Silver
Ane Viola Semb Magic Silver 2
Kathryn Newton Paranormal Activity 4
Elya Inbar Off White Lies
Ilona Bachelier War of the Buttons
Rachel Mwanza War Witch
Fatima Buntinx Bad Intentions

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Hugo Leverdez La Rafle
Thomas Horn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Quentin Challal Moon Child
James Rolleston Boy
Nolan Gould Ghoul
Maxwell Beer Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Brandon Tyler Russell Smitty
Émilien Néron Monsieur Lazhar
Tristan Halilaj The Forgiveness of Blood
Alex Etel From Time to Time
Jelle Florizoone North Sea Texas
Zachary Gordon Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
CJ Adams The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Troye Sivan Spud
Nick Romeo Reimann Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Francesc Colomer Pan Negro
Nick Romeo Reimann Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Leonard Proxauf Nimmermeer
Kåre Hedebrant Amors Baller
Spencer List Bringing Up Bobby
Johan Tinus Lindberg Magic Silver
Johan Tinus Lindberg Magic Silver 2
Jackson Nicholl Fun Size
William Patrick Ruffin The Dynamiter
Jean Texier War of the Buttons
Jonatan S. Wächter Simon and the Oaks
Christian Martyn Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Raban Bieling A Christmoose Carol
Ryan Hartwig The Aggression Scale

Jason Spevack Jesus Henry Christ
Rick Lens 
Kauwboy

Mason Cook Help for the Holidays
Jimmy Bennett Bones
Gavin Casalegno I Am Gabriel

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Agatha Couture Film Socialisme
India Eisley Underworld: Awakening
Adèle Excharpolous La Rafle
Salomé Sebagg La Rafle
Chloë Grace Moretz Texas Killing Fields
Aofie Doherty The Woman in Black
Alexia Osborne The Woman in Black
Molly Harmon The Woman in Black
Emma Shorey The Woman in Black
Ashley Gerasimovich We Need to Talk About Kevin
Amandla Stenberg The Hunger Games
Veronica Hampson Ghoul
Moerangi Tihore Boy
Lexi DiBenedetto Harley’s Hill
Marie-Ève Beauregard Monsieur Lazhar
Eliza Bennett From Time to Time
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Shadows
Raffey Cassidy Snow White & the Huntsman
Chandler Kinney Battlefield America
Eriko Ono Hospitalité
Cynthia GalantCitizen Gangster
Nina Marie Kortekaas North Sea Texas
Yukika Sakuratani Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Joey King The Dark Knight Rises
Autmn Wendel The Whisperer in Darkness
Peyton List Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Laine MacNeil Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Ella Purnell Intruders
Odeya Rush The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Madison Wolfe The Campaign
Charlbi Kriek Spud
Madison Davenport The Possession
Jodelle Ferland The Tall Man
Marina Comas Pan Negro
Katherine McNamara Girl vs. Monster
Clare FoleySinister
Hannah Feltus The Dynamiter
Mackenzie Foy The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Jodelle Ferland Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Sarina Farhadi A Separation
Diana Zriek The Other Son
Mary Wisselmann The Other Son
Jeanne Disson 
Holy Motors


Susan Radder 
Kauwboy
Sarina Farhadi A Separation

Avery Kristen Pohl Sound of My Voice
Izabela Vidovic Help for the Holidays

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Connor Hill Contraband
Bryce McDaniel Contraband
Gulliver Hecq Film Socialisme
Quentin Grosset Film Socialisme
Mathieu and Romain Di Concerto Le Rafle
Oliver Cywie Le Rafle
Ahmaogak Sweeney Big Miracle
Misha Handley The Woman in Black
Alfie Field The Woman in Black
Sidney Johnston The Woman in Black
Fergus Riordan Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance
Jasper Newell We Need to Talk About Kevin
Liam Broggy Being Flynn
Ryan Lee Meeting Evil
Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu Boy
John Bell Wrath of the Titans
Trevor Harker Ghoul
Jacob Rodler Harley’s Hill
Elmo Riley Harley’s Hill
Louis-David Leblanc Monsieur Lazhar
Vincent Millard Monsieur Lazhar
Seddik Benslimane Monsieur Lazhar
The Forgiveness of Blood
Kwayedza Kureya From Time to Time
Gully McGrath Dark Shadows
Chandler Canterbury A Bag of Hammers
Matthew Lintz Piranha 3DD
Philipp Stöger Michael
Niki Guya Michael
Emrah Dzemailoski Michael
Xavier Atkins Snow White & the Huntsman
Neiko Keiyan Battlefield America
Kyle Brooks Battlefield America
Edward Mandell Battlefield America
Christian Martyn Citizen Gangster
Curtis Harris Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Lux Haney-Jardine Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Cameron M. Brown Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Sebastian Banes In the Family
Jacob Rodler The Amazing Spider-Man
Charlie DePew The Amazing Spider-Man
Skyler Gisondo The Amazing Spider-Man
Tom Gal The Matchmaker
Aedin Mincks Ted
Bretton Manley Ted
Ben van Den Heuvel North Sea Texas
Nathan Naenen North Sea Texas
Mathias Vergels North Sea Texas
Max Schuler The Dark Knight Rises
Aramis Knight The Dark knight Rises
Harry Coles The Dark Knight Rises
Rory Nolan The Dark Knight Rises
Charles Jackson Coyne The Dark Knight Rises
Kazu Matsuda Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
Michael Hall D’Addario People Like Us
Robert Capron Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Grayson Russell Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Karan Brar Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Christian Martyn Exit Humanity
Izán Corchero Intruders
Grant Goodman The Campaign
Kya Haywood The Campaign
Fabi Halbig Vorstadtkrokodile 2
Jakob Davies The Tall Man
David Hürten Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Tom Lass Nimmermeer
Michael D’Addario Hall Sinister
Pierce Gagnon Looper
Vetle Qvenild Werring The Monitor
Torkil Johannes Swensen Høeg The Monitor
Aiden Lovekamp Paranormal Activity 4
William Juan Prieto Paranormal Activity 4
Renz Valerio The Road
John Alex Nunnery The Dynamiter
Aidan Sussman Argo
Karl Martin Eriksson Simon and the Oaks
Brody Nicholas Lee Cloud Atlas
Clément Godefroy War of the Buttons
Théophile Baquet War of the Buttons
Louis Dussol War of the Buttons
Harold Werner War of the Buttons
Nathan Parent War of the Buttons
Eros Vlahos Anna Karenina
Oskar McNamara Anna Karenina
Gulliver McGrath Lincoln
Peter DaCunha Home Alone: Holiday Heist
Gautam Belur Life of Pi
Ayush Tandon Life of Pi
Kevin Hernandez Get the Gringo

Serge KanyindaWar Witch
Peter DaCunha The Barrens

2012 BAM Considerations- Film Categories

This year for easier browsing my awards considerations will be gathered on three lists similar to those in which winners are announced.

Eligible Titles

Beneath the Darkness
The Devil Inside
Film Socialisme
Contraband
11/11/11
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Underworld: Awakening
The Innkeepers
La Rafle
Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72
Big Miracle
The Woman in Black
Texas Killing Fields
The Grey
The Turin Horse
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
The Secret World of Arrietty
Snowtown Murders
Moon Child
Prairie Love
John Carter
Safe House
21 Jump Street
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Silent House
The Hunger Games
Amador
Being Flynn
The Announcement
Meeting Evil
Boy
Wrath of the Titans
The Raid: Redemption
The Cabin in the Woods
Bully
Ghoul
7 Below
Harley’s Hill
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Smitty
Monsieur Lazhar
The Forgiveness of Blood
From Time to Time
A Bag of Hammers
Chronicle
Battleship
Dark Shadows
Piranha 3DD
Michael
Snow White & the Huntsman
Battlefield America
Hospitalité
First Position
Hick
Chernobyl Diaries
Men in Black 3
The Dictator
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Madagasgar 3
Brave
Theatre Bizarre
In the Family
Playback
Prometheus
Beautiful Wave
The Amazing Spider-man
The Matchmaker
Ted
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
To Rome with Love
Hiding
The Samaritan
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
People Like Us
Absentia
The Watch
Intruders
Exit Humanity
The Whisperer in Darkness
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Detention
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
Lovely Molly
The Apparition
The Moth Diaries
ParaNorman
Spud
V/H/S
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Possession
Penumbra
The Hidden Face
Vorstadtkrokodile 2
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
The Master
Nimmermeer
House at the End of the Street
Amors Baller
Girl vs. Monster
Bringing Up Bobby
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Robot & Frank
Looper
Sexual Chronicles of a French Family
Magic Silver 2
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Fun Size
Paranormal Activity 4
Seven Psychopaths
Benji
Ghosts of Ole Miss
Elena
Heat Wave
The Pact
The Road
The Day I Saw Your Heart
The Dynamiter
Teddy Bear
Off White Lies
Shun Li and the Poet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
ATM
Argo
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
Skyfall
Wreck-It Ralph
Goats

The Aggression Scale

The House of Tomorrow
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts

Holy Motors

Alps

Rites of Spring

Get the Gringo

Red Dawn

Neighboring Sounds

A Trip

Casa de mi Padre

Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate

Playing for Keeps

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Parasitic

Headhunters

Oslo, August 31st

Friends with Kids

The Bad Intentions

Jesus Henry Christ

The Devil’s Carnival

Kauwboy

Deep Blue Sea

Abel

Klown

Hitchcock

War Witch

A Separation

The Barrens

Area 407

Sound of My Voice

Howling

The Fields
Help for the Holidays
Bones
I Am Gabriel

Silent Night

Devil’s Rock

Take This Waltz

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Salt of Life

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Goodbye First Love

Magic Mike

Killer Joe

A Royal Affair

Best Picture

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
La Rafle
The Woman in Black
The Turin Horse
21 Jump Street
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Boy
Raid: The Redemption
The Cabin in the Woods
Amador
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
Monsieur Lazhar
First Position
Corpo Celeste
Keyhole

Found Memories
In the Family
The Amazing Spider-Man
Ted
Goon
Safety Not Guaranteed
North Sea Texas
Sassy Pants
The Dark Knight Rises
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Campaign
ParaNorman
Sinister
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Looper
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Argo
War of the Buttons
Skyfall
Anna Karenina
The Other Son
Rise of the Guardians
Lincoln

The Aggression Scale


Holy Motors


Headhunters


Kauwboy

Klown


Killer Joe

Best Foreign Film

Film Socialisme
La Rafle
The Turin Horse
The Secret World of Arrietty
Moon Child
Raid: The Redemption
Amador
Monsieur Lazhar
The Forgiveness of Blood
Michael
Hospitalité
Corpo Celeste

Found Memories
The Matchmaker
North Sea Texas
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
[REC] 3: Génesis
The Hidden Face
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
The Master
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
Magic Silver
Elena
Teddy Bear
Off White Lies
Shun Li and the Poet
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
A Separation
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Other Son
A Christmoose Carol

Holy Motors

Alps

Neighboring Sounds

A Trip

Casa de mi Padre

Flying Swords of Dragon’s Gate


Headhunters

Oslo, August 31st
The Bad Intentions


Kauwboy


Abel

Klown

War Witch

A Separation

Sound of My Voice

Howling

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Goodbye First Love

A Royal Affair

Best Documentary



Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72
The Announcement
Bully
First Position
9.79*
Benji
Ghosts of Ole Miss
A Separation
On the Ice
The American Scream
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Broke
The Dust Bowl
The House of Tomorrow

Most Overrated Picture

The Grey
V/H/S
The Master
Paranormal Activity 4
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Worst Picture

The Devil Inside
Snowtown Murders
Ghoul
Piranha 3DD
Beautiful Wave
Detention
The Apparition
V/H/S
Bringing Up Bobby
Life of Pi
Red Dawn
Deep Blue Sea

Area 407
Bones
I Am Gabriel

Take This Waltz



Most Underrated Picture

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Beneath the Darkness
Big Miracle
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
The Turin Horse
Moon Child
Meeting Evil
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
A Bag of Hammers
First Position
Citizen Gangster
Corpo Celeste

Found Memories
In the Family
The Matchmaker

To Rome with Love
The Samaritan
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog
People Like Us
Intruders
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Spud
The Possession
The Tall Man
Pan Negro
Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Nimmermeer
Amors Baller
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Robot & Frank
Magic Silver
The Monitor
Seven Psychopaths
The Dynamiter
Teddy Bear
Shun Li and the Poet
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
War of the Buttons
Simon and the Oaks
Cloud Atlas
A Separation
On the Ice
Bernie
Anna Karenina
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Home Alone: Holiday Heist

The Aggression Scale


Get the Gringo


Kauwboy

Klown

Silent Night

Magic Mike

Killer Joe


2010 BAM Award Nominations

As those who are my friends on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter know, in December I am gearing up for my annual film awards (The BAM Awards), and that only partially explains my recent reposting of all past winners.

Since these are picks made by one person, the nominating process is even more important. Aside from the the past years, the full slate of nominees from all years past was not public knowledge.

This is because essentially the first time I did them, in 1996, I created them by myself for myself. At the time, I knew a lot less about how these decisions are made, campaigning, the year-end barrage of contenders and the like, such that the releasing of the Academy Award nominees was even more frustrating. Rather than just bemoan it I decided to create an award slate based on what I had seen.

Back then I was ticket stub pack rat, at the time it was the only way to track anything. So I created the list, picked winners and printed it out. The fact that I stuck with hard copies and no back-up created issues, however, it was just for me at the time.

I called them the BAM Awards because I needed a name. I suppose I came up with Bernardo Academy of Movies because I was being reactionary to The Academy. How one man by himself can be an Academy I didn’t fully consider. I thought it was kind of a silly name even at the time so eventually it just became BAM.

Slowly, the awards widened: soon I emailed a select group of friends (that created eventual storage issues), a few years ago when I was on the Site That Must Not Be Named I decided to really take it public. I didn’t think about it ahead of time, it just occurred to me roundabout late November of ’09 that I could.

The publication was an exciting and unnerving process regardless of how many or how few people would actually care to see them. While there are a two categories (which I now and again consider ending, and have skipped on occasion) which are negative, it is a positive emotion that brings me to these announcements. I want to at the end of this period of time share what I thought an why, and all winner announcements come with some explanation, and I do belabor them and struggle with them.

So it is heartening that last year, for the first time, the actual honorees, be they nominees or winners, on occasion acknowledged it. Now that may seem like a self-aggrandizing statement, but what I liked was knowing the news reached them and other people and they were pleased to hear it. The design of these awards are to cement what performances, works and films most affected me, I make no bones about that, and sharing that felt like a gamble, but it’s been rewarding for that and many other reason.

Of course, if you see a film missing from any year you may inquire, and there is room for intelligent discourse, but the above statements are true: trolling or disrespectful comments aimed at who was chosen won’t be tolerated. Your own awards are just a blog post away.

I apologize for even needing to insert that statement but I did have cause to make similar points last year. Anyway, with how much I enjoyed last year’s and how much I’m looking forward to this year’s awards, I thought it’d be a good idea to put all I have out there in a “reverse” countdown.

So here goes…

2010

Here again I include my original pre-amble with stats later. Also, I will separate nominees and winners here as I began adding explications.

The following are the BAM Award nominations. They reflect only the opinion of this critic and are based solely on the films he was able to see during the course of the past calendar year. Due to the fact that year end releases are difficult, at times impossible, to see before the New Year comes there will be some older titles in the list. For a full explanation of this policy against the tyranny of release dates please click here. A statement about the year in film will follow with the winners of both these and the special awards listed at the bottom along with a little more info. The winners will be published on January 3rd, 2011.

Best Picture


City Island

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Ghost Writer

Inception

Kick-Ass

Machete

My Soul to Take

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Waiting for ‘Superman’

The White Ribbon

Best Director

Michael Apted The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Raymond De Felitta City Island

Michael Haneke The White Ribbon

Christopher Nolan Inception

Roman Polanski The Ghost Writer

Best Actress

Leonie Benesch The White Ribbon

Paola Mendoza Entre Nos

Catalina Saavedra The Maid

Emma Stone Easy A

Tilda Swinton I Am Love

Best Actor

Patrick Fabian The Last Exorcism

Christian Friedle The White Ribbon

Andy Garcia City Island

Bill Nighy Wild Target

Kodi Smit-McPhee Let Me In

Best Supporting Actress

Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right

Helena Bonham Carter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Ursina Lardi The White Ribbon

Susanne Lothar The White Ribbon

Barbara Hershey Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor

Rainer Bock The White Ribbon

Andrew Garfield The Social Network

Burghart Klaussner The White Ribbon

Will Poulter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Paul Reubens Life During Wartime

Best Cinematography

Christian Berger The White Ribbon

Christopher Doyle Ondine

Pawel Edelman The Ghost Writer

Greig Frasier Let Me In

Wally Pfister Inception

Best Makeup

Alex Berecca, et al. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Sabrina Beaufort-Langridge, et al. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Krystal Kershaw, et al. The Last Exorcism

Jennifer McDaniel, et al. Let Me In

Waldemar Pokromski The White Ribbon

Most Overrated Picture

The Social Network

The Kids Are All Right

Black Swan

Toy Story 3

Tron: Legacy

Worst Picture

Legion

Step-Up 3D

Alice in Wonderland

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Paranormal Activity 2

Most Underrated Picture

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Entre Nos

The Last Airbender

My Soul to Take

Twelve

Best Original Screenplay

Raymond De Felitta City Island

Michael Haneke The White Ribbon

Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza Entre Nos

Christopher Nolan Inception

Bert V. Royal Easy A

Adapted Screenplay

Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright [Bryan Lee O’Malley] Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn [Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.] Kick-Ass

Tony Grisoni [David Peace] Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Roman Polanski & Robert Harris [Robert Harris] The Ghost Writer

Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and Michael Petroni [C.S. Lewis] The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Best Editing

Mark Day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Robert Duffy & Chris Labenzon Unstoppable

Rick Shaine The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Minka Willi The White Ribbon

Trevor Waite Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Best Score

David Arnold The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Dickon Hinchliffe Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980

Barrington Pheloung Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Kjartan Sveinsson Ondine

Hans Zimmer Inception

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The White Ribbon

My Soul to Take

Inception

Best Visual Effects

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Inception

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Tron: Legacy

Best Cast

Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Simon Pegg and Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Ewan MacGregor, Olivia Williams, Kim Cattrall, Pierce Brosnan and James Belushi The Ghost Writer


Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Helena Boham Carter, Julie Walters, Jason Isaacs and Brendan Gleeson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Christian Friedle, Leonie Benesch, Ernst Jacobi, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Fion Mutert, Michael Kranz, Burghart Klaussner, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Thibault Sérié, Josef Bierbichler, Enno Trebs, Theo Trebs, Janina Fautz, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar, Roxane Duran, Miljan Chatelain, Freddy Grahl, Branko Samarovski and Detlev Buck in The White Ribbon
Jennifer Lawrence, Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson, Shelly Waggener, Valerie Richards and John Hawkes in Winter’s Bone

Best Youth Ensemble

Jean-Carl Boucher, Gabriel Maillé, Dany Bouchard, Léo Caron and Élizabeth Adam in 1981
Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Owen Best and Alex Ferris in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Oscar Steer, Asa Butterfield, Lil Woods, Eros Vlahos and Rosie-Taylor Ritson in Nanny McPhee Returns
Maxime Godart, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Victor Carles, Benjamin Averty, Germaine Petit Damico, Damian Ferdel, Virgil Tirard and Elise Heusch in Le Petit Nicolas
Fion Mutert, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Leonard Proxauf, Thibault Sérié, Enno Trebs, Theo Trebs, Miljan Chatelain, Freddy Grahl and Aaron Denkel in The White Ribbon

Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Supporting Role

Billy Unger You Again

Maria-Victoria Dragus The White Ribbon

Thibault Serie The White Ribbon

Janina Fautz The White Ribbon

Will Poulter The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Leading Role

Kodi-Smit McPhee Let Me In

Chloe Grace Moretz Let Me In

Zachary Gordon Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Callan McAuliffe Flipped

Leonard Proxauf The White Ribbon



Best Art Direction

The Ghost Writer

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Inception

Let Me In

Best Costumes

The White Ribbon

Let Me In

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

1981

Best Foreign Film

The White Ribbon

Entre Nos

The Maid

Le Petit Nicolas

1981

Best Documentary

Prodigal Sons

Killing Kasztner

Waiting for ‘Superman’

Best Worst Movie

The Art of the Steal

Best Original Song

“Never Say Never” Justin Bieber (feat. Jaden Smith) from The Karate Kid

“I Remain” Alanis Morissette from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

”Garbage Truck” Sex Bob-Omb from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

”There’s a Place For Us” Carrie Underwood from The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

“Despicable Me” Pharrell Williams from Despicable Me

Robert Downey, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year

TBA

The Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award

TBA

Special Jury Prize

TBA

Nominations

The White Ribbon– 21

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader– 15

Inception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1– 8

Let Me In– 7

The Ghost Writer– 6

City Island, Entre Nos– 4

My Soul to Take, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983, 1981– 3

Kick-Ass, Waiting for ‘Superman’, The Maid, Easy A, The Last Exorcism, The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, The Social Network, Ondine, Tron: Legacy, Le Petit Nicolas, Diary of a Wimpy Kid– 2

Machete, I am Love, Wild Target, Toy Story 3, Legion, Step-Up 3D, 
Alice in Wonderland, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Paranormal Activity 2, The Last Airbender, Twelve, Unstoppable, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Winter’s Bone, Nanny McPhee Returns, Best Worst Movie, The Art of the Steal, Prodigal Sons, Killing Kasztner, The Karate Kid, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Despicable Me, You Again, Flipped -1

2009 BAM Award Nominations

As those who are my friends on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter know, in December I am gearing up for my annual film awards (The BAM Awards), and that only partially explains my recent reposting of all past winners.

Since these are picks made by one person, the nominating process is even more important. Aside from the the past years, the full slate of nominees from all years past was no public knowledge.

This is because essentially the first time I did them, in 1996, I created them by myself for myself. At the time, I knew a lot less about how these decisions are made, campaigning, the year-end barrage of contenders and the like, such that the releasing of the Academy Award nominees was even more frustrating. Rather than just bemoan it I decided to create an award slate based on what I had seen.

Back then I was ticket stub pack rat, at the time it was the only way to track anything. So I created the list, picked winners and printed it out. The fact that I stuck with hard copies and no back-up created issues, however, it was just for me at the time.

I called them the BAM Awards because I needed a name. I suppose I came up with Bernardo Academy of Movies because I was being reactionary to The Academy. How one man by himself can be an Academy I didn’t fully consider. I thought it was kind of a silly name even at the time so eventually it just became BAM.

Slowly, the awards widened: soon I emailed a select group of friends (that created eventual storage issues), a few years ago when I was on the Site That Must Not Be Named I decided to really take it public. I didn’t think about it ahead of time, it just occurred to me roundabout late November of ’09 that I could.

The publication was an exciting and unnerving process regardless of how many or how few people would actually care to see them. While there are a two categories (which I now and again consider ending, and have skipped on occasion) which are negative, it is a positive emotion that brings me to these announcements. I want to at the end of this period of time share what I thought an why, and all winner announcements come with some explanation, and I do belabor them and struggle with them.

So it is heartening that last year, for the first time, the actual honorees, be they nominees or winners, on occasion acknowledged it. Now that may seem like a self-aggrandizing statement, but what I liked was knowing the news reached them and other people and they were pleased to hear it. The design of these awards are to cement what performances, works and films most affected me, I make no bones about that, and sharing that felt like a gamble, but it’s been rewarding for that and many other reason.

Of course, if you see a film missing from any year you may inquire, and there is room for intelligent discourse, but the above statements are true: trolling or disrespectful comments aimed at who was chosen won’t be tolerated. Your own awards are just a blog post away.

I apologize for even needing to insert that statement but I did have cause to make similar points last year. Anyway, with how much I enjoyed last year’s and how much I’m looking forward to this year’s awards, I thought it’d be a good idea to put all I have out there in a “reverse” countdown.

So here goes…

2009

The Following are the BAM Award nominations. They reflect only the opinion of this critic and are based solely on the films he was able to see during the course of the past calendar year.
Unlike previous years only films released in the calendar year qualified. This narrowed the pool somewhat but there are good things to be found within indeed. A statement about the year in
film will follow with the winners and with the winners you will also get photos and with the special awards a little more info. The winners will be published on December 31st, 2009.

Best Picture

Where the Wild Things Are

My One and Only

Lymelife

Inglourious Basterds

Up

Whatever Works

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A Single Man

Before Tomorrow

Is Anybody There?

Best Director

John Crowley Is Anybody There?

Spike Jonze Where the Wild Things Are

Derick Martini Lymelife

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds

David Yates Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Best Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen Brüno

Sharlto Copley District 9

Colin Firth A Single Man

Logan Lerman My One and Only

Viggo Mortensen The Road

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock The Blind Side

Kelly Macdonald The Merry Gentleman

Michelle Monaghan Trucker

Mélanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds

Renee Zellweger My One and Only

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Caine Is Anybody There?

Peter Capaldi In the Loop

Zach Galifianakis The Hangover

Christian McKay Me & Orson Welles

Christoph Waltz Inglorious Basterds



Best Supporting Actress

Anna Chlumsky In the Loop

Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds

Julianne Moore A Single Man

Maggie Smith Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Charlize Theron The Road

Best Cinematography

Lance Acord Where the Wild Things Are
Javier Aguirresarobe The Road

Norman Cohn and Félix Lajeunesse Before Tomorrow

Bruno Delbonnel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Chris Seager The Merry Gentleman

Best Makeup

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Unborn

Inglourious Basterds

The Road

A Single Man



Most Overrated Film

Drag Me to Hell 

Orphan

In the Loop

Sin Nombre

Paranormal Activity

Most Underrated Film

Aliens in the Attic

Shorts

Old Dogs

Hotel for Dogs

Before Tomorrow

Worst Picture



Pandorum

Orphan

The Uninvited

Halloween II

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Best Editing

Norman Cohn, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Louise Dugal & Félix Lajeunesse Before Tomorrow

James Haygood and Eric Zumbrunnen Where the Wild Things Are

Alan Edward Bell (500) Days of Summer

Joan Sobel A Single Man
Mark Day Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Best Song

“The Climb” Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana: The Movie

“Quiero que Me Quieras” Gael Garcia Bernal Rudo y Cursi

”Raining Sunshine” Miranda Cosgrove Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Best Score

Carter Burwell and Karen O. Where the Wild Things Are

Abel Korzeniowski A Single Man

Marco Beltrami Knowing

Mark Isham My One and Only

James Horner Avatar

Best Sound Editing



Aliens in the Attic

District 9

2012

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Avatar

Best Visual Effects

Avatar

District 9

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Star Trek

Where the Wild Things Are

Best Cast

Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Cristoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak and Mike Myers Inglourious Basterds

Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode and Nicholas Hoult in A Single Man
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, etc. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Renee Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Mark Rendall, Kevin Bacon and Nick Stahl My One and Only

Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Emma Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon Lymelife

Best Performance by a Child Actor

Jimmy Bennett Trucker
Bill Milner Is Anybody There?

Kodi Smit-McPhee The Road

Chandler Canterbury Knowing

Max Records Where the Wild Things Are

Best Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds

Woody Allen Whatever Works

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer

Mark Burton and Adam F. Goldberg Aliens in the Attic

John Lucas and Scott Moore The Hangover

Best Adapted Screenplay

Spike Jonze, David Eggers and Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are

Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu and Jørn Riel Before Tomorrow

Steve Kloves and J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman and Gene Roddenberry Star Trek

Joe Penhall and Cormac McCarthy The Road

Best Art Direction

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Is Anybody There?

Aliens in the Attic

My One and Only

A Single Man



Best Costumes



My One and Only

Me & Orson Welles

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Where the Wild Things Are

A Single Man

The Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award


Werner Herzog

The Robert Downey, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year

Michael Keaton

Nominations

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince– 11

Where the Wild Things Are and A Single Man– 9

My One and Only, Inglourious Basterds– 7

The Road– 6

Before Tomorrow, Is Anybody There?– 5

Lymelife, District 9, In the Loop, Aliens in the Attic, Avatar– 3

Whatever Works, The Merry Gentleman, Trucker, The Hangover, Me & Orson Welles, Orphan, Knowing, Star Trek, (500) Days of Summer– 2

Brüno, The Blind Side, The Unborn, Drag Me to Hell, Uninvited, Sin Nombre, Paranormal Activity, Halloween II, Shorts, Old Dogs, Pandorum, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Hotel for Dogs, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Rudo y Cursi, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2012– 1

Christmas Special Review- The Little Drummer Boy

Many, and by many I mean a vast majority of, Christmas specials are more secular in nature meaning they deal with the myths and the folklore of the season, which is all well and good, but on occasion it is important to reflect on the true significance of the date. When more secular specials break for a moment into the more spiritual, and the better ones do like Charlie Brown and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, it is noteworthy. More noteworthy still is one that deals head on with the religious aspect of the holiday.

To start about the only thing, of major significance, you can knock this special on is some of the writing, it is likely the weakest in that department of the wonderful specials that Romeo Muller and Rankin & Bass brought us. There is a lot of repetition early on about how Aaron hates people, however, some of the finer writing in the piece is when you finally see why.

Also noteworthy are the words Muller wrote which are elevated by the stunning narration by Greer Garson. There is no narrator personified in the case. She is simply a storyteller whose voice moves the tale along which makes her role more important and allows you to delve deeper into this profound tale.

Where this special separates itself is that it is the most cinematic. The climax of the tale is practically all visuals and this film soars to new heights as Aaron is overcome with emotion and changes. He decides on his gift with little commentary. Then there is no commentary as for the first time in the special we hear the Vienna Boys’ Choir singing “The Little Drummer Boy” in its entirety and in full voice.

Then the conclusion which sends this film out of the stratosphere is the closing as relayed by Our Story Teller, as the narrator is referred to in the script. It’s a story that starts a bit slowly and uneasily but absolutely packs a wallop each and every time you see it, and beautifully sends home the message of the holiday.

The visceral impact of the conclusion of this short special is what makes this the absolute best special that Rankin and Bass ever put out. It’s an absolute classic.