BAM Award Winners: Best Sound Editing/Mixing

I will not purport to be a sound guy, which us quite different than knowing something about it. I did learn it and study it. I have my tastes and know some rules of the game and tricks of the trade. However, I did not include a sound category before I had studied it. It was originally called merely Best Sound Design. If you pay attention at the Oscars you’ll note that Mixing and Editing will usually go to the same film. They are separate and distinct skills and prizes but there is a definite link. I will not pretend that I can split the hairs necessary to sub-divide the category so I will keep it as one. This past year (2010) was when the slash was added to the prize.

2020 Greyhound

2019 Midsommar 

2018 A Quiet Place

2017 Dunkirk

2016 The Jungle Book


2015 Mad Max: Fury Road


2014 The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013, Strand Releasing)

2013 Leviathan

Leviathan (2012, Cinema Guild)

2012 The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black (2012, Hammer Films))

2011 Super 8

2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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

2009 Avatar

2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles

2007 August Rush

2006 Final Destination 3

Final Destination 3 (2006, New Line Cinema)

2005 Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005, 20th Century Fox)

2004 The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ (2004, Newmarket Films)

BAM Award Winners: Best (Original) Song

Firstly, the parentheses in the headline are meant to indicate that the winner has not always been a song written specifically for the film. Therefore in some years the word “original” has dropped out of the category heading. However, the qualification is still virtually the same: the song must appear in a film and under a new orchestration. I define orchestration rather loosely meaning someone doing a cover can qualify.

Secondly, I saw a lot of chatter on Twitter during the Oscars indicating that this category should be dropped. Whether or not the Oscars will I don’t know. I doubt it. The Academy has too much tradition and potential production value invested in this category. As for me I’m only really interested in aesthetics and don’t have a show to put on I see no reason to scratch it. I’ve heard no valid argument against its inclusion, many say “Not every film has one” but not every film uses visual effects heavily or is animated or foreign but the categories remain. The ubiquity of an element is helpful but unnecessary. All the songs below are memorable, catchy and capture the essence of the film in which they are contained. And, yes, there is an art to either selecting, placing, orchestrating and/or writing that song so the category will remain.

It’s more prevalent here than elsewhere so I will state it now: TV movies are not excluded from inclusion in the BAMs as a rule so you will find one in here amidst the eclectic mix.

2020 “Mother” Courtney Love & The Turning The Turning 

2019 Not Awarded

2018 “The Place Where Lost Things Go” Emily Blunt Mary Poppins Returns

2017 “Remember Me” (Reunion) Anthony Gonzalez, Ana Ofelia Murguía Coco

2016 “Turn Up the Beef” Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Atticus Schaffer, and Emma Stone Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

2015 “Svarthamar” Petúr Ben Metalhead

2014 “Prologue: Into the Woods” James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Joanna Riding, Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods

2013 Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, Katie Lopez Frozen

2012 Ricky Koole “You Are the One” Kauwboy

2011 Born to Be Somebody Justin Bieber Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

2010 Never Say Never Justin Bieber (feat. Jaden Smith) The Karate Kid

2009 Quiero que Me Quieras Gael Garcia Bernal Rudo y Cursi

2008 A Capella rendition of Sweet Child O’Mine by Tom Davis, Kathryn Hahn, Lurie Poston and Elizabeth Yozamp in Step Brothers

2007 The New Girl In Town The Cast Hairspray

2006 What I’ve Been Looking For High School Musical

2005 America (Fuck Yeah) Team America: World Police

2004 Vois Sur Ton Chemin The Cast (Soloist: Jean-Baptiste Maunier) Le Choristes

2003 Toi, mon amour mon ami Virginie Ledoyen and Ludivine Sagnier 8 Femmes

BAM Award Winners: Best Costume Design

This is another category that is one of the newer generation. It also took a break in 2008 when lack of notes and laziness lead to a temporary pairing down of awarded categories. At the Academy Awards this category almost invariably goes to a period piece. I tend to try and award either combination fashions or outright fantasy. When the proclivity for period is acknowledged by a winner who uncouthly also adds she’s not giving up her award voting and nomination practices should be re-examined. The bottom line is that Costume Design is so much more than historical accuracy, as every film needs its cast dressed and all choices reflect plot and character.

Without further ado, the winners…

2020 Caroline Eselin Troop Zero

2019 Julian Day Rocketman 

2018 Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns

2017 Wonderstruck

2016 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


2015 Mad Max: Fury Road


2014 Colleen Atwood Into the Woods

Into the Woods (2014, Disney)

2013 V8 – Start Your Engines!

V8 - Start Your Engines! (2013, Universal/Rat Pack)

2012 Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas (2012, Warner Bros.)

2011 Hugo

2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010, 20th Century Fox)

2009 Where the Wild Things Are

2008 Not Awarded

2007 Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia (2005, Disney)

2006 The Prestige

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

2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2003 Peter Pan

Short Film Saturday: Frosty Man and the BMX Kid

Firstly, welcome to the first short film Saturday of the new year. I wanted to have a new one up last weekend, but amongst other things having all my BAM posts needing to go up, and my Best of the Year in general and horror took out much of my screening time.

However, I do want to try and make up for the loss and will try and get two films up today. The first of which will leverage of the BAM Awards some and features a 2012, James Rolleston (Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role for Boy).

Frosty Man and the BMX Kid is a very quick, quirky, funny tale featuring some heavy Kiwi accents (so listen close) and a mysterious stranger. This was a finalist in the Your Big Break Competitions run by New Zealand Tourism.