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…


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


Inglourious Basterds


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 


In the Loop

Sin Nombre

Paranormal Activity

Most Underrated Film

Aliens in the Attic


Old Dogs

Hotel for Dogs

Before Tomorrow

Worst Picture



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


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Best Visual Effects


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


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


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