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

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