Favorite Older Films First Seen in 2012, Part 1

This is an idea I first saw on @bobfreelander‘s blog. The idea is to list your favorite films from the past year that you saw for the first time, but exclude new releases. This allows much more variety and creates a lot of great suggestions if you read many of them.

Since I tracked these films much more closely this year my list grew long. I will occasionally combine selections by theme, but there is enough for five posts. These choices are in no particular order.

Enjoy!

This is England (2006)

This is England (2006, IFC Films)

Being on Twitter has often made me jealous that my British friends seem to have a lot of TV that’s good and worth watching, much more than we in the US do, that and we remake and import a lot of their stuff. Discovering that This is England had spawned a TV spin-off got me to watch the film (all I had access to) and I’m glad I did; what a powerful work.

Peeping Tom (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960, Anglo-Amalgamated)

I went in search of a bunch of proto-slashers, and other horror milestones this year. This was one of the best I found. A lot of tropes that are later commonplace are played here, but they’re played so well.

Make a Wish (1937)

Make a Wish (1937)

Considering how many poverty row, and other public domain films are on the Internet Archive, I should hit it up more, and plan to. I previously wrote about Bobby Breen and have been able to see most of his filmography thanks to the site. In a day and age when musicals were not only prevalent, but tailored to their stars; he was was a unique talent.

Child of Glass (1978)

Child of Glass (1978, Disney)

It’s often been observed that Disney had no problem scaring children so long as things, for the most part, worked out in the end. Many of the classic Disney films have iconically frightening moments that stay with kids, be they deaths or just images. Child of Glass is a later project that sticks to this mantra and weaves a surprising dark and engrossing southern Gothic tale.

Clive Barker Films: Rawhead Rex (1986), Salomé (1973) and The Forbidden (1978)

RawHeadRex (1986, Empire Pictures)

I sadly missed a chance to see the Cabal cut of Nightbreed this past year. I hope to rectify that soon. However, I discovered Rawhead Rex last year and that lead me to lookup his early shorts Salomé and The Forbidden. I hold Hellraiser as one of the standards of the horror genre in film, and some of his novels as some of the most important in the literary realm of the genre, so these discoveries are long overdue and I’m glad to have seen them. Barker is about as complete an artist as exists, and there is no parallel I can think of to his imagination.

The Drum (1938)

The Drum (1938, United Artists)

I really enjoy the Criterion Eclipse sets. I have a few, want more than I can get, such that I’ll likely have to start renting them. They often illuminate if not forgotten but overlooked films of greats and not-so-renowned actors and filmmakers. Of the selections in the Sabu box this one seemed like the one with the least fanfare prior to my seeing it but is the one that sticks out the most. A good suspense plot, a unique historical/political situation and another significant screen appearance by Desmond Tester, who has an infamous appearance in Hitchcock’s Sabotage.

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

The Comedy of Terrors (1963, AIP)

If there were sub-divisions on this list it would win Most Fun hands down. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone, is both a horror and comedy film as the title implies and left me with a stupid grin on my face long after it was over. The interplay between Price and Lorre, including some things that seemed to be improvised, is magic.

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

House of Dark Shadows (1970, MGM)

If you, like me, made the mistake of seeing the new Dark Shadows, you can rectify it. House of Dark Shadows is pretty much everything you love in the TV show crammed in a film. Not that this surprises me considering Dan Curtis’s appearance on this list last year.

The Fallen Idol (1948)

This is the first of two ‘child witness’ tales. This one by Carol Reed I discovered during 31 Days of Oscar. It’s also an oft-overlooked Criterion selection that is hard to find. It deals brilliantly with perception and builds palpable tension and doubt.

Indiscretion of an American Housewife (1953)

This film would be worth mentioning for Vittorio De Sica’s working in English, with dialogue provided by Truman Capote and for a studio alone, but it does also hold its own even as what Truffaut might term a great “flawed film.” Especially considering the wonderful performances by Montgomery Clift and Jennifer Jones.

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Top 25 Films of 2012: 25-21

I try to keep my mind as open as possible during the year and as you start assembling a list like this you see there could be perceived slights. The fact of the matter is making this list was brutal. More than once I had to consider if I can stick to a previously made proclamation, more than once I jotted down additional titles to see if they could slide into the top 25.

T25. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close & Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Look, I’m not a big fan of calling ties in lists to fudge in an extra title but it’s justified here. I’ll get to why. However, I also didn’t want to throw a bone out of an honorable mention with little to no discussion of that title. Secondly, yes, Extremely Loud was nominated for an Oscar last year but I was nowhere near where it played for it’s Oscar-Qulaifying run so I only saw it when it opened wide in January.

Ok, so why a tie? Both these films deal with children who have lost their father, live in New York City and are on a mysterious journey to find an answer to a riddle their father seemingly left them. The biggest difference between the two is that in Jeremy Fink there’s not a whiff of 9/11. There are smaller ones but that’s the key. I wrote ad nauseum about my feelings on 9/11 and this film, and if forced to only pick one I’d take Extremely Loud, but that one has the fanfare and might bother you, and the other one is a smaller film, which you should not judge by its cover that’s worth a look if you like the essence of the tale and want that one element excised.

24. Lincoln

Lincoln (2012, DreamWorks)

The introductory paragraph talks about all the decisions made in this list but Lincoln particularly came to mind when writing it. To call something the 24th best film of the year sounds like a snide remark, until you consider how good the year was, the film in question and ultimately how malleable the list could be. I initially described Lincoln as a line drive for Spielberg. It’s a baseball phrase meaning he’s got a hit on his hands, extrapolating that it also refers to the constantpace of the film. The cloistered nature of the film, the political nature, the drama; are all great, but not as transcendent as some. I fully believe Spielberg got what he desired here and he was aiming for something very different list-making ultimately comes down to splitting hairs and this is where this one fell – no slight against it though.

23. Ted

I wrote about the pop of Ted and the significance that can have beyond mere identification, but what I didn’t note is that this film just works. What makes it funny and endearing is that it’s wish-fulfillment taken to comedic extremes. As kids we all wish certain things, the teddy bear one has particular pull for me, but don’t consider every eventuality. This film does that and the comedic trappings and pitfalls of the the arrested development that ensues make it great. To call it an overblown Family Guy episode would be to do it injustice because what MacFarlane and crew do here is what they can’t always do on the show, but the sensibilities and touches are there.

22. Boy

Where Boy really succeeds is in developing its characters. As I wrote about in the review, it’s really a story about accepting one’s family as is and the struggle to reach that point. The fact that it takes place in a Maori community makes it of interest to me (as I have seen good films in a similar milieu before) but the plight of the father to reconcile with his sons, and their search for acceptance and to forgive him his wrongs, are what make this film universal.

21. The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption (2011, Sony Pictures Classics)

Virtually the only mistake one can associate with this film is the indecipherable subtitle the distributor slapped on it. However, as I have argued about many a film, most notably Halloween III, “who cares what you call it? ‘cus I call it great.” I’ll readily admit things in the martial arts or action genres rarely achieve such heights for me, and my patience with them is typically thin. The story of the film has more to it than people give it credit for but the cinematography, score and fight choreography are really what make this film click as well as it does. It’s a great adrenaline rush.

The First Annual Neutron Star Award

The Neutron Star Award

2012 Honoree

Vincent Price

As tends to be the case when I’m breaking out a new honor (e.g. The Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award or the Robert Downey, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year), my initial write-up about it will be fairly short.

OK, so what is the Neutron Star Award? As I watched older selections through the year, I was frequently compelled to pick a film based on the fact that Vincent Price was in it. When I was younger I was very actor-oriented, more so than with directors. The fact that an actor had that kind of draw, and was one who is sadly no longer with us, made me think there had to be some kind of way I could honor them.

So I thought literally about stars, and being a nerd I confirmed that a neutron star fits the definition of a star that has gone out but glows more brightly after its passing.

Which brings me back to Price. If you look at my older films list this year you’ll find Vincent Price all over it. He was not only a talent, and not only elevated works he took part in, but in a way elevated the entire horror genre; in large part because of the horror icons he arguably was the longest-lasting and most identified with it. Christopher Lee, for example, has for years been synonymous with other kinds of films, but once Price got his foothold it was nearly his sole dominion.

I fight Netflix indecisiveness so anyone that great that makes me say “Oh, he’s in it? Good enough for me.” Is certainly worthy of some honor.

I truly like this idea and I hope it acts as another incentive to discover and get to know other actors’ filmographies in the future.

BAM Awards: Best Actress Winners

The Best Actress category has been subjected to some revisionist history in the past due in part to both teenage and post-teenage angst. Rather than re-assess everything all over again, especially in 1996 where I made several changes in the past, I will leave well enough alone. Any award whether awarded by an individual or an organization is rather like a time capsule and re-examination is futile. One always has a chance to make a Best of Decade or Performance in Genre or Subgenre list down the road and then there is the Test of Time, which is the ultimate. In the end when assessing my feelings and making decisions I never take into consideration “What will I think of this film/performer in five or ten years?” and just have to go with my gut.

One more minor note: in listing my nominees annually I have frequently listed Best Actress closer to Best Picture than Best Actor to try as a very minor political statement regarding sexism.

Without any further ado, the Best Actress winners:

2018 Toni Collette Hereditary 

2017 Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water

2016 Sonia Braga Aquarius

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2015 Julianne Moore Still Alice

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2014 Charlotte Gainsbourg Nymphomaniac: Volume II

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014, IFC Films)

2013 Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine (2013, Sony Pictures Classics)

2012 Keira Knightley Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina (2012, Fox Searchlight)

2011 Elizabeth Olsen Martha Marcy May Marlene

2010 Emma Stone Easy A

2009 Michelle Monaghan Trucker

2008 Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose (La Môme)

2007 Cate Blanchett Notes on a Scandal

2006 Felicity Huffman Transamerica

2005 Julia Dufvenius Saraband

Saraband (2003, Sony Pictures Classics)

2004 Heather Smith Unscrewed

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2003 Nicole Kidman The Hours

2002 Isabelle Huppert The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)

2001 Melanie Griffith Cecil B. Demented

2000 Jessica Lange Titus

1999 Jessica Lange Cousin Bette

1998 Fernanda Montenegro Central Station (Central do Brasil)

Central Station (1998, Sony Pictures Classics)

1997 Jodie Foster Contact

Contact (1997, Warner Bros.)

1996 Reese Witherspoon Freeway

BAM Award Winners: Best Director

So both here and in Best Cast there was some revisionism over the years, however, rather than try and readjust things I’ll just let things stand where they are at current.

The Best Director category is an interesting one because it is usually, in the mind of many, inextricably tied to the Best Picture winner. There is a certain logic to that, however, they are two rather different awards when you boil it down. In Best Picture you pick the story and the production. In Best Director you are picking a visionary and the architect of a production. There are times when the direction of a film will outshine its narrative or overall impact or a story that is wonderful but handled with a rather invisible hand that allows splits to occur.

I have three such splits in 1997, 1998, 2005 and 2012 none of which I was hesitant at all about.

2018 Bo Burnham Eighth Grade

2017 Andy Muschietti It 

2016 Gareth Edwards Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road

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2014 Daniel Ribeiro The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks (2014, Strand Releasing)

2013 Gavin Hood Ender’s Game

Ender's Game (2013, Summit)

2012 Bela Tarr The Turin Horse

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2011 Martin Scorsese Hugo

2010 Christopher Nolan Inception

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2009 Spike Jonze Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are (2009, Warner Bros.)

2008 Tomas Alfredson Let the Right One In

Thomas Alfredson

2007 Timur Bekmambetov Day Watch (Dnevoy bazar)

Timur Bekmambetov

2006 Richard E. Grant Wah-Wah

2005 Ingmar Bergman Saraband

Ingmar Bergman on the set of Saraband (Sony Pictures Classics)

2004 Jacob Aaron Estes Mean Creek

Jacob Aaron Estes

2003 PJ Hogan Peter Pan

Peter Pan (2003, Universal)

2002 George Lucas Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

George Lucas (2002, Lucasfilm)

2001 Steven Spielberg Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

Steven Spielberg (DreamWorks)

2000 Julie Taymor Titus

JULIE TAYMOR PRESENTS BOOK OF HER FILM 'TITUS'

1999 M. Night Shyamalan The Sixth Sense

M. Night Shyamalan on the set of The Sixth Sense (Hollywood Pictures)

1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan

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1997 Neil Mandt Hijacking Hollywood

1996 Lee Tamahori Mulholland Falls

BAM Awards: Best Picture Winners

 

Here is the first of a series of articles in which I hope to chronicle, once and for all, the winners of my own personal film awards, the BAM Awards. I may not be able to ever post everyone I ever nominated as my record keeping has been faulty and fragmentary but I hope I can at least try to re-post all my winners and give them their due.

I created the BAM Awards when I was 15 as a reaction to the fact that many films, performances and so on that I liked were overlooked by major awards. At the time I didn’t know of top 10 lists and the like so I went full boar and much further than most. Later I tried to retroactively create BAMs all the way back to 1981 and earlier, however, for now I will confine myself to the “Live Era,” wherein I chose my favorites at the end of every year so most, if not all lists will begin in 1996.

Without further ado, the best picture winners (sans commentary by me) in reverse chronological order:

2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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2015 Krampus

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2014 The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks (2014, Strand Releasing)

2013 Ender’s Game

Ender's Game (2013, LionsGate)

2012 Django Unchained

Django Unchained (2012, The Weinstein Company)

2011 Hugo

Hugo (Paramount)

2010 Inception

Inception (Warner Bros.)

2009 Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.)

2008 Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)

Let the Right One In (Magnet Releasing)

2007 Day Watch

2006 Wah-Wah

Wah Wah ( 2006, Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films)

2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005, Disney)

2004 Mean Creek

Mean Creek (Paramount Classics)

2003 Peter Pan

Peter Pan (2003, Universal)

2002 Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002, 20th Century Fox)

2001 Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001, DreamWorks)

2000 Titus

Titus (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

1999 The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense (1999, Touchstone Pictures)

1998 Central Station (Central do Brasil)

Central Station (1998, Sony Pictures Classics)

1997 Sling Blade

Sling Blade (1996, Miramax)

1996 Mulholland Falls

BAM Award Winners: Best Foreign Film

This is likely to be one of if the most infrequently awarded category on these lists. Typically when a category is adopted it sticks and returns every year in one shape or form. As you will see below this category came into being and then took a long hiatus. There are a few reasons for this:

First, initially it was omitted as a somewhat reactionary decision against the jingoistic nature of the Best Foreign (Language) Film category in general. The category, at least in the United States, presupposes that a foreign film cannot be named Best Picture. Whereas in Europe many national film awards are open to all comers and have indigenous categories to ensure their own win some trophies. There is also the fact that must be considered that foreign films have won many BAM Awards even in the live era from Best Actress to Best Picture on three occasions and others.

Overall, I have a balanced world view, I believe. I neither automatically assume a foreign language film is superior to American indies or Hollywood blockbusters or vice versa.

When you combine that with the fact that in many years I have not been fortunate enough to see enough foreign films to qualify the category this explains the infrequency of the award. However, I intend to qualify it from here on out and to award it annually because the flip side of the philosophical coin is that it awards a film that would otherwise be shutout or unrecognized as it did last year and does serve a function in that instance.

2018 Not Awarded 

2017 Not Awarded

2016 Aquarius

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2015 Human Capital

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2014 The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks (2014, Strand Releasing)

2013 Time of My Life

Time of My Life (2012, Strand Releasing)

2012 The Turin Horse

The Turin Horse (2011, Cinema Guild)

2011 The First Beautiful Thing

2010 The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics)

2009 Not Awarded

2008 Not Awarded

2007 Not Awarded

2006 Not Awarded

2005 Saraband

2004 I’m Not Scared (Io non ho Paura)

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2003 The Sea

The Sea (2002, Palm Pictures)

BAM Award Winners: Most Underrated Picture

Here you’ll very quickly pick up on another theme: almost invariably the winner of this category has been a family film. I very intentionally use the word genre in my rating scale because I frequently think that people misuse ratings as a mode of comparative analysis. I try, to the best of my ability, to judge a film on its own merits and not compared to the best film ever made. The knee-jerk reaction too many have when rating a film is thinking “Oh, well, it’s not Citizen Kane” and then knock it down a peg. Well, some films aren’t trying to reach those lofty heights but have different goals entirely and are just as valid. A top films of the year list is where you stratify films, a rating is merely how well you think this film did what it set out to accomplish.

This year I may use a metric to determine both underrated and overrated, at least in terms of nominees, in years past it’s almost become kind of like a runner-up Best Picture because the winner has typically not won that award but has been a nominee in that category as well (the only films to win both came in a three-year run from ‘01 to ‘03).

Here are the winners:

2018 All These Small Moments

2017 Columbus

2016 The River Thief

2015 O menino no espelho (The Boy in the Mirror)

2014 Stations of the Cross

2013 Class Enemy

2012 Kauwboy

Kauwboy (2012, Waterland Film)

2011 Toast

2010 The Last Airbender

2009 Aliens in the Attic

2008 The Son of Rambow

2007 The Last Mimzy

2006 How to Eat Fried Worms

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

2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005, Troublemaker Studios)

2004 Catch That Kid

2003 Peter Pan

2002 Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (20th Century Fox)

2001 Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

2000 Billy Elliot

1999 The Other Sister

1998 Wide Awake

1997 Little Men

1996 Harriet the Spy

Harriet the Spy (Paramount)

2012 BAM Award Nominations

Another year has come and gone so it’s time to announce the 2012 BAM award Nominations. These awards are based solely on my opinion and what I was able to watch during the past year.

To see what qualified you can check any of these three posts for film, actor and behind-the-scenes categories.

I recently announced shortlists, and barring a few last minute entries, these nominations will come from those films.

If you want more insight into the history and development of the awards I have re-posted most of my old lists starting with 1996.

Winners will be announced, complete with my rationale, on Friday, January 4th.

I will be posting this as a live blog through the course of the night as decisions are finalized.

Best Picture

Anna Karenina
The Cabin in the Woods
The Dark Knight Rises
Django Unchained
The Dynamiter

Kauwboy
Les Misérables
North Sea Texas
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Turin Horse

Best Foreign Film

Found Memories
Holy Motors
Kauwboy
Magic Silver
Monsieur Lazhar

North Sea Texas
The Raid: Redemption
La Rafle
Simon and the Oaks
The Turin Horse

Most Underrated Picture

The Aggression Scale
The Dynamiter
In the Family
Intruders
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Kauwboy
Magic Silver
Meeting Evil
On the Ice
Simon and the Oaks

Best Director

Bavo Defurne North Sea Texas
Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Béla Tarr The Turin Horse
Joe Wright Anna Karenina

Best Actress


Erika Bók The Turin Horse

Keira Knightley Anna Karenina

Magaly Solier Amador

Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin

Noomi Rapace The Monitor

Best Actor


Dane DeHaan Chronicle
Logan Lerman The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln

Denis Lavant Holy Motors

Matthew McConaughey Killer Joe
Hugh Jackman Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actress

Samantha Barks Les Misérables
Sally Field Lincoln
Gina Gershon Killer Joe
Anna Gunn Sassy Pants
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actor

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard A Royal Affair
Leonardo DiCaprio Django Unchained
Samuel L. Jackson Django Unchained
Matthew McConaughey Bernie
Eddie Redmayne Les Misérables

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Ryan Simpkins Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Sophie Nélisse Monsieur Lazhar
Yle Vianello Corpo Celeste

Natasha Calls The Possession

Ane Viola Semb Magic Silver

Rachel Mwanza War Witch

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Thomas Horn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

James Rolleston Boy
Émilien Néron Monsieur Lazhar

Jelle Florizoone North Sea Texas
Rick Lens Kauwboy

Thomas Doret The Kid with a Bike

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Isabelle Allen Les Misérables

Marie-Ève Beauregard Monsieur Lazhar
Jeanne Disson Holy Motors

Ashley Gerasimovich We Need to Talk About Kevin
Bailee Madison Parental Guidance

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu Boy
Sebastian Banes In the Family
Kyle Breitkopf Parental Guidance
Peter DaCunha The Barrens
Pierce Gagnon Looper
Daniel Huttlestone Les Misérables

Best Youth Ensemble

Ane Viola Semb, Johan Tinus Lindgren, etc. Magic Silver
Émilien Néron, Brigitte Poupart, Jules Philip, Seddik Benslimane, Marie-Ève Beauregard, Sophie Sanscartier, Vincent Millard, Louis-David Leblanc, Gabriel Verdier, Marianne Soucy-Lord Monsieur Lazhar
Ben Van den Heuvel, Nathan Naenen, Noor Ben Taouet, Jelle Florizoone, Nina Marie Kortekaas, Mathias Vergels North Sea Texas
Bailee Madison, Joshua Rush, Kyle Breitkopf, Cade Jones, Mavrick Moreno, Madison Lintz, Justin Kennedy, Jade Nicolette Parental Guidance
Nick Romeo Reimann, Fabian Halbig, Leonie Tepie, Manuel Steitz, Javidan Imani, Robin Walter, David Hürten Vorstadtkrokodile 3: Freunde Fur Immer
Jean Texier, Louis Dussol, Harold Werner, Nathan Parent, Clément Godefroy, Théophile Baquet, Ilona Bachelier, Thomas Goldberg, Grégory Gatignol War of the Buttons

Best Cast

Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron, Marie-Eve Bearegard, Vincent Millard, Seddik Bensilmane, Louis David Leblanc, Dranielle Proux Brigitte Poupart, Jules Philip Monsieur Lazhar
Ben Van den Heuvel, Eva van der Gucht, Thomas Coumans, Katelijn Damen, Nathan Naenen, Noor Ben Taouet, Jelle Florizoone, Nina Marie Kortekaas, Mathias Vergels, Luk Wyns North Sea Texas
Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson-Taylor, Jude Law, Kelly MacDonald, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Matthew Macfayden, Oskar McNamara, Alicia Vikander, Eros Vlahos Anna Karenina
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Straithairn, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Cross, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gulliver McGrath, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucas Haas, Dane DeHaan Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Sach Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter Eddie Redmayne, Elizabeth Allen, Daniel Huttlestone Les
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Best Original Screenplay

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard The Cabin in the Woods
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Leos Carax Holy Motors
Patrick Wang In the Family
Laszlo Krasznahorki, Bela Tarr The Turin Horse

Best Adapted Sceenplay

Tom Stoppard (Leo Tolstoy) Anna Karenina
Bavo Defurne (Andre Sollie) North Sea Texas
Stephe Chbosky (Stephen Chbosky) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
William Nicholson (Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Alain Boubil, Victor Hugo, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel, James Fenton) Les Misérables
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan (Ian Fleming) Skyfall

Best Score

Adriano Cominotto North Sea Texas
Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese The Raid: Redemption
Helge Slikker Kauwboy
Christopher Young Sinister
Mihály Víg The Turin Horse

Best Editing

Joe Bini We Need to Talk About Kevin
John Guerdebeke Keyhole
Mary Joe Markey The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Melanie Oliver Anna Karenina
Els Voorspoels North Sea Texas

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Chronicle
Django Unchained
Neighboring Sounds
Sinister
The Woman in Black

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins Skyfall
Benjamin Kasulke Keyhole
Fred Kelemen The Turin Horse
Seamus McGarvey Anna Karenina
Anton Mertens North Sea Texas

Best Art Direction

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Magic Silver
Les Misérables
The Turin Horse
The Woman in Black

Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Holy Motors
The Turin Horse

Best Makeup

The Devil’s Rock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Hitchcock
Holy Motors
The Moon Child

Best Visual Effects

The Cabin in the Woods
Cloud Atlas
Beyond the Black Rainbow
John Carter
ParaNorman

Best Song

“You Are the One” Ricky Koole Kauwboy
“The Big Machine” Mark Duplass Safety Not Guaranteed
“Giving It All” Troye Sivan Spud
“Skyfall” Adele Skyfall
“The Thunder Buddy Song” Mark Wahlberg and Seth Macfarlane Ted