2006 BAM Award Nominees and Winners

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…

2006

Again I give you my comments alone here:

2006 BAM Nominees and Winners Disclaimers:

1. These awards are fictitious and represent only my, Bernardo Villela’s, opinions about the past year in film

2. BAM stands for Bernardo Academy of Movies. Lame, hence I made it up in High School. And has no connections with Emeril Legasse whatsoever.

Message: Let’s hope next year is better overall but this stuff is good.

Winners are in BOLD and pictured.

Best Picture

Wah-Wah (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures)

Wah-Wah (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures)

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Running Scared
Transamerica
Little Miss Sunshine
Wah-Wah 


Best Director

Mel Gibson Apocalypto
Asia Argento The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Christopher Nolan The Prestige
Duncan Tucker Transamerica
Richard E. Grant Wah-Wah

Best Original Screenplay

Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Fox Searchlight)

Michael Arndt Little Miss Sunshine
Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan The Prestige
Duncan Tucker Transamerica
Wayne Kramer Running Scared
Richard E. Grant Wah-Wah

Best Adapted Screenplay

Running with Scissors (2006)

William Broyles, Jr., Paul Haggis, James Bradley, Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers
Ryan Murphy and Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors
Peter Buchman and Christopher Paolini Eragon
Mark Klein and Peter Mayle A Good Year
Armistead Maupin, Patrick Stettner and Terry Anderson The Night Listener

Best Actor

Wah-Wah (2005, Samuel Goldwyn)

Sacha Baron Cohen Borat
Josh Janowicz December Ends
Aaron Eckhart Thank You For Smoking
Gael Garcia Bernal Le Science des Reves
Nicholas Hoult Wah-Wah

Best Actress

Transamerica (2006, IFC Films)

Felicity Huffman Transamerica
Asia Argento The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Annette Bening Running with Scissors
Helen Mirren The Queen
Emily Watson Wah-Wah

Best Supporting Actor

Wah-Wah (2005, Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Gabriel Byrne Wah-Wah
Joseph Cross Flags of Out Fathers
Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine
Paul Dano Little Miss Sunshine
Greg Kinnear Little Miss Sunshine

Best Supporting Actress

For Your Consideration (2006, Warner Independent)

Catherine O’Hara For Your Consideration
Scarlett Johansson The Prestige
Shohreh Aghdashloo The Nativity Story
Rosario Dawson Clerks II
Kristin Chenoweth RV

Best Performance by a Child Actor

Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Fox Searchlight)

Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine
Cameron Bright Running Scared
Cayden Boyd X3:X-Men United
Cole and Dylan Sprouse The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Jimmy Bennett The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

Best Cast

Little Miss Sunshine (2006, Fox Searchlight)

Little Miss Sunshine
Wah-Wah
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Thank You For Smoking
RV

Best Visual Effects

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006, Disney)

Eragon
The Nativity Story
Night at the Museum
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
X3: X-Men United

Best Sound Editing

Final Destination 3 (2006, New Line Cinema)

Eragon
Final Destination 3
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
Running Scared
X3: X-Men United 


Best Costume Design

The Prestige (2006, Warner Bros.)

The Prestige
The Queen
Sorstalanság
Ultraviolet
X3: X-Men United

Best Soundtrack

High School Musical (2006, Disney)

December Ends
High School Musical
Transamerica
Running Scared
RV

Best Score

Wah-Wah (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures)

Wah-Wah (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures)

High School Musical
Lady in the Water
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Wah-Wah

Best Song

‘Travelin’ Thru’ Transamerica
‘Start of Something New’ High School Musical
‘What I’ve Been Looking For’ High School Musical
‘Stick to the Status Quo’ High School Musical
‘We’re All in This Together’ High School Musical

Best Editing

Flags of Our Fathers
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things
Lady in the Water
Running Scared
Le Sciences du Reves

Worst Picture

The Babysitter
Final Destination 3
Re-Animated
The Shaggy Dog
Trap 


Most Underrated Picture

How To Eat Fried Worms (2006, New Line Cinema)

How To Eat Fried Worms
Lady in the Water
The Nativity Story
Running With Scissors
RV 


Most Overrated

The Queen (2006, Miramax)

Accepted
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
Le Science des rêves
Slither
The Queen

Best Makeup

Transamerica (2006, IFC Films)

Big Mama’s House 2
Eragon
Lady in the Water
Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest
Transamerica

Best Cinematography

Fateless (2005, Hungarian motion Picture Ltd.)

Flags of Our Fathers
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
The Nativity Story
Running Scared
Sorstalanság

Nominations

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things – 8 Nominations (1 win)
Little Miss Sunshine– 8 Nominations (3 Wins)
Wah-Wah– 8 Nominations (5 wins)
Running Scared– 7 Nominations
Transamerica– 7 Nominations (2 Wins)
High School Musical– 6 Nominations (2 Wins)
The Prestige– 4 Nominations (1 Win)
RV– 4 Nominations
Eragon, The Queen, X3: X-Men United, The Nativity Story – 4 Nominations
Flags of Our Fathers, Le Science des rêves, Running with Scissors (1 Win), Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest (1 Win), Lady in the Water – 3 Nominations
December Ends, The Queen (1 win) Thank You For Smoking, Final Destination 3 (1 Win), Sorstalanság (1 Win) 2 Nominations
Apocalypto, A Good Year, The Night Listener, Borat, For Your Consideration (1 Win), Night at the Museum, Ultraviolet, Clerks II, Re-Animated, The Shaggy Dog, Trap, The Babysitter (1 Win), How To Eat Fried Worms (1 Win), Accepted, Slither, Big Mama’s House 2– 1 Nomination

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