BAM Award Winners: Best Editing

This is perhaps the most crucial category to the filmmaking process that was absent from these awards for a large period of time. However, until one edits, learns to edit both in theory and in practice it is very difficult to start to interpret the edit of a film. The editing choice ultimately is always an aesthetic choice because the technical aspects, what was removed, how scenes were improved due to judicious cuts or how the whole was bettered by losing a scene or a shot can only truly be evaluated if one has seen all the footage. Nevertheless, it’s here and here to stay. The decision in this category is very difficult year after year. Here are the films that have shown themselves to be the most impressive thus far.

2020 Claudia Castello, Bruno Lasevicius, and Suzanne Spangler Abe

2019 Nicholas Monsour Us

2018 Andrew Wehde Eighth Grade

2017 Jason Ballantine It 

2016 Brett Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski O.J.: Made in America


2015 Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road


2014 Bernard Beets The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears

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

2013 Victoria Boydell Broken

Broken (2012, Film Movement)

2012 Joe Bini We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011, Oscilloscope Labs)

2011 Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa The Tree of Life

2010 Trevor Waite Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Red Riding: In The Year of Our Lord (2009, IFC Films)

2009 Mark Day Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

2008 Thomas Alfredson and Daniel Jonsäter Let the Right One In

2007 Chris Dickens Hot Fuzz

2006 Jim Mol The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

2005 Andy Blumenthal and David Finfer Waiting…


2004 Steven Weisberg Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2003 Peter Boyle The Hours

BAM Award Winners: Best Score

Below you will find the posters for the winners of the Best Score award at the BAMs. I considered looking for YouTube clips to accompany them but obsessively uploading anything and everything is a new phenomenon and some were hard to find so rather than post some but not all I decided to forgo it. Secondly, the only thing that really needs to be noted, as you can see for yourself the multiple winners, is that somehow in 2008 (when I already posted winners online) I omitted the category. I have no excuse for this but I won’t try to retroactively fix it, it is what it is. It’s things like that which have me more vigilantly listing my considerations.

So here are the past winners in this category:

2020 Colin Stetson Color Out of Space

2019 Michael Abels Us

2018 John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies Halloween

2017 Benjamin Wallfisch It 

2016 Mark Korven The Witch

2015 Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Mad Max: Fury Road

2014 Fons Merkies Finn

2013 Steve Jablonsky Ender’s Game

2012 Mihály Víg The Turin Horse

2011 Michael Giacchino Super 8

2010 David Arnold, 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 Carter Burwell and Karen O. Where the Wild Things Are

2008 Not Awarded

2007 Nick Macina August Rush

2006 Patrick Doyle Wah-Wah

2005 Bruno Coulais The Chorus

The Chorus (2004, Nonesuch Records)

2004 Philip Glass Undertow

2003 Philip Glass The Hours

2002 John Williams Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

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

2001 John Williams Artificial Intelligence: A.I.

2000 Thomas Newman Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward (Warner Bros.)

1999 James Newton Howard The Sixth Sense

1998 Antonio Pinto and Jacques Morelebaum Central Station (Central do Brasil)

Central Station (1998, Sony Pictures Classics)

1997 John Williams Jurassic Park: The Lost World

1996 Dick Hyman Everyone Says I Love You