2007 BAM 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 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…

2007

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…..
3. Some titles I was unable to view in 2006 were eligible in 2007. Films I didn’t see are not eligible

Message: You’ll notice that there are 10 best picture nominees but not because 2007 was the best year in film history quite to the contrary it was probably the weakest since this award officially began (1996). However, the choices seem to be easier when there are standout films all around these decisions were hard and allowed me to finally make a top 10 list. Other unusual decisions follow and will be explained within.

Winners are in BOLD and pictured.

Best Picture

Day Watch (2006, Fox Searchlight)

August Rush
Hairspray
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Last Mimzy
Brand Upon the Brain!
The Departed
Across the Universe
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Hot Fuzz
Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)

Note: Even picking ten wasn’t easy honorable mentions to Bridge to Terabithia and The Simpsons Movie, Notes on a Scandal.

Best Director

Guy Maddin Brand Upon the Brain!
Edgar Wright Hot Fuzz
Timur Bekmambetov Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
Martin Scorcese The Departed
Julie Taymor Across the Universe

Note: Director was a lot easier to discern.

Best Actor

Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Josh Hutcherson Bridge to Terabithia
Rowan Atkinson Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Leonardo DiCaprio The Departed
Christian Bale 3:10 to Yuma

Best Actress

Notes on a Scandal (2006, Fox Searchlight)

AnnaSophia Robb Bridge to Terabithia
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Isabella Rossellini Brand Upon the Brain!
Nikki Blonsky Hairspray
Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal

Best Supporting Actor

The Departed (2007, Warner Bros.)

Logan Lerman 3:10 to Yuma
Rupert Grint Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Russell Crowe 3:10 to Yuma
Jack Nicholson The Departed
Nick Frost Hot Fuzz

Best Supporting Actress

Imelda Staunton Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Maggie Smith Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Galina Tyunina Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal
Julie Walters Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Best Cinematography

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2006, 20th Century Fox)

Benjamin Kasulke Brand Upon the Brain!
Bruno Delbonnel Across the Universe
Jess Hall Hot Fuzz
Joel Ransom The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Sergei Trofimov Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)

Best Makeup

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End
28 Weeks Later
Grindhouse
Hairspray

Most Overrated Picture

Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End
28 Weeks Later
Superbad
Shrek the Third
High School Musical 2

Most Underrated Picture

The Last Mimzy (2007, The Last Mimzy)

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
Mr. Bean’s Holiday
August Rush
The Last Mimzy


Worst Picture

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007, Disney)

Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End
The Messengers
28 Weeks Later
High School Musical 2
The Last Sin Eater

NOTE: While it had great production values I fell asleep watching it and would’ve have stayed asleep of my snoring wasn’t interfering with other people’s “enjoyment” of the film.

Best Editing

Hot Fuzz (2007, Universal)

Mark Day Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
William Steinkamp August Rush
Thelma Schoonmaker The Departed
Dmitri Kiselev Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
Chris Dickens Hot Fuzz

Best Song

“Witch Doctor” Alvin and the Chipmunks
“Christmas Don’t Be Late (The Chipmunk Song)” Alvin and the Chipmunks
“You Can’t Stop the Beat” Hairspray
“The New Girl in Town” Hairspray
“Spiderpig” The Simpsons Movie

Best Score

August Rush (2007, Warner Bros.)

Nicholas Hooper Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Nick Mancina August Rush
James Newton Howard The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Howard Shore The Last Mimzy
Philip Glass Notes on a Scandal

Best Soundtrack

Hairspray 92007, New Line Cinema)

Hairspray
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Across the Universe
August Rush

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Best Costume Design

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Hairspray
Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
Bridge to Terabithia

Best Sound Editing

August Rush (2007, Warner Bros.)

August Rush
Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
The Last Mimzy
Hot Fuzz


Best Visual Effects

Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007, Sony Pictures)

Across the Universe
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Last Mimzy
Day Watch (Dnevoy dozor)

Best Cast

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Emma Thompson, Imelda Staunton, Jason Isaacs, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Isabella Rossellini, Gretchen Kirch, Sullivan Brown, Maya Lawson and Katherin E. Scharhon Brand Upon the Brain!
Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Elijah Kelly, Christopher Walken, John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer and Britney Snow Hairspray
Chris O’Neil, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Joely Richardson, Timothy Sutton, Michael Clark Duncan and Rainn Wilson The Last Mimzy
Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Matt Damon The Departed

Best Performance by a Child Actor

August Rush (2007, Warner Bros.)

Josh Hutcherson Bridge to Terabithia
AnnaSophia Robb Bridge to Terabithia
Logan Lerman 3:10 to Yuma
Freddie Highmore August Rush
Alex Etel The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Daeg Faerch Halloween

NOTE: The six nominees in this category is due to the incredible talent level of the field.

Best Original Screenplay

Hot Fuzz (2007, Universal)

Guy Maddin and George Toles Brand Upon the Brain!
Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Eli Roth and Jeff Rendell Grindhouse
Simon McBurney, Hamish McColl, Robin Driscoll and Rowan Atkinson Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean et al. The Simpsons Movie
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Hot Fuzz

Best Adapted Screenplay

Day Watch (2006, Fox Searchlight)

Micheal Goldenberg and J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bruce Joel Rubin, Toby Emmerich, James V. hart, Carol Skiken, Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore The Last Mimzy
Robert Nelson Jacobs and Dick King-Smith The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Leslie Dixon, John Waters, Thomas Meehan and Mark o’Donnell Hairspray
Timur Bekmambetov, Alexander Talal, Vladimir Vasiliev and Sergei Luyanenko Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)

Best Art Direction

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Captivity
Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)
The Last Mimzy

Nominations


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 14 nominations (4 wins)
Day Watch 11 Nominations (3 wins)….
The Last Mimzy 9 nominations (1 win)….
Hairspray 9 nominations (2 Wins)….
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep 8 nominations (1 Win)….
Hot Fuzz– 7 nominations (2 wins)….
Brand Upon the Brain!, Bridge to Terabithia (1 Win)- 6 nominations ….
August Rush (2 Wins), The Departed (2 Wins), Across the Universe– 5 nominations….
3:10 to Yuma, Mr. Bean’s Holiday – 4 nominations….
Pirates of the Carribbean: At World’s End (1 Win), Alvin and the Chipmunks, Notes on a Scandal– 3 Nominations….
Superbad (1 Win), The Simpsons Movie, 28 Weeks Later, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising ( 1 win), Grindhouse, High School Musical 2, 1408– 2 nominations….
The Last Sin Eater, Halloween, Captivity, 1408– 1 nomination

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Christmas Special Review- A Charlie Brown Christmas

When you think of the iconic Christmas specials one of the first, if not the first, that comes to mind has to be A Charlie Brown Christmas. It is most likely the best suited for repeated viewing and in all likelihood holds a special place in the heart of the masses because it’s the one you can most closely identify with.

Think about it: this special probably connects to adults more so than children. Not only is Charlie a character with anxieties and worries but he has developed some of the same observations about Christmas that we do over the years: its become too commercial, it’s a hassle, etc.

The discussion of the commercialism of the holiday is very on the head but it also allows for the easy transition from a secular to a religious story. At first, there is only concern for the fenestration: gifts, decorations, trees and the like. Eventually the true meaning is allowed to burst forth.

It is a very brief but also very powerful intercession of the religious in this tale wherein Linus recites the story of the Nativity. Linus in many ways ends up being the hero of this tale because he is the first to change his mind on Charlie’s modest tree choice, and then, he relates the true story of Christmas.

Of course, the carols in the film are also religious and a breath of fresh air. It’s a fact that many of the memorable Christmas specials feature original music but just as often specials fall flat on their face in their attempt to create something new. Here we get the simple, tried and true and beautiful throughout, whether it be in carols or story choices.

This special succeeds because it is exceedingly human, and like the season, gives us a glimmer of hope for the world annually and that is why it is a timeless classic.