2013 BAM Award Considerations – November

Last year I had one massive running list and it became very cumbersome to add to, and to read I’m sure. By creating a new post monthly, and creating massive combo files offline, it should make the process easier for me and more user-friendly for you, the esteemed reader. Enjoy.

Eligible Titles

Blind Spot
In Bloom
Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Watchtower
Class Enemy
La Playa DC
It’s All So Quiet
Once Upon a Time Veronica
About Time
The Green Wave
Schooled: The Price of College Sports
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
Thor: The Dark World
Pete’s Christmas
In the Fog
You and the Night
Bernie & Ernie
The Fifth Season
The Christmas Ornament
The Color of the Chameleon
Hannah Arendt
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Contest
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
Philomena
The Book Thief
Frozen
The World’s End

Best Picture

Ender’s Game
Class Enemy
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Frozen
Philomena

Best Foreign Film

Blind Spot
The Notebook
Watchtower
Class Enemy
La Playa DC
It’s All So Quiet
Once Upon a Time Veronica
The Green Wave
Two Lives
The Old Man
In the Fog
You and the Night
The Fifth Season
The Color of the Chameleon
Hannah Arendt
La Jaula de Oro

Best Documentary

Last year this was an omitted category, due mostly to the fact that too few total candidates existed to make the slate feel legitimate. I will hope to be able to rectify that this year.

The Green Wave
Schooled: The Price of College Sports
Bernie & Ernie

Most Overlooked Film

As intimated in my Most Underrated announcement this year, I’ve decided to make a change here. Rather than get caught up in me vs. the world nonsense and what a film’s rating is on an aggregate site, the IMDb or anywhere else, I want to champion smaller, lesser-known films. In 2011 with the selection of Toast this move was really in the offing. The nominees from this past year echo that fact. So here, regardless of how well-received something is by those who’ve seen it, I’ll be championing indies and foreign films, and the occasional financial flop from a bigger entity.

Blind Spot
The Notebook
Class Enemy
It’s All So Quiet
The Old Man
Great Expectations
The Fifth Season
The Color of the Chameleon
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
Philomena

Best Director

Blind Spot
Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Class Enemy
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
Philomena

Best Actress

Nilay Erdonmez Watchtower
Hermila Guedes Once Upon a Time Veronica
Rachel McAdams About Time
Julian Köhler Two Lives
Natalie Portman Thor: The Dark World
Kate Moran You and the Night
Barbara Sukowa Hannah Arendt
Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Judi Dench Philomena

Best Actor

Jules Werner Blind Spot
Asa Butterfield Ender’s Game
Olgun Simsek Watchtower
Igor Samobor Class Enemy
Jereon Willems It’s All So Quiet
Domhall Gleeson About Time
Yerobla Toguzakov The Old Man
Jeremy Irvine Great Expectations
Chris Hemsworth Thor: The Dark World
Vladimir Svriskiy In the Fog
Niels Schneider You and the Night
Ruscen Vindinliev The Color of the Chameleon
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sam Louwyck The Fifth Season
Steve Coogan Philomena
Geoffrey Rush The Book Thief
Simon Pegg The World’s End

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis Ender’s Game
Doroteja Nadrah Class Enemy
Piroska Molnár The Notebook
Liv Ullmann Two Lives
Helena Bonham Carter Great Expectations
Aurélia Poirier The Fifth Season
Janet McTeer Hannah Arendt
Elizabeth Banks The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Emily Watson The Book Thief

Best Supporting Actor

André Jung Blind Spot
Harrison Ford Ender’s Game
Voranc Boh Class Enemy
Jan Zupancic Class Enemy
Martijn Lakemeier It’s All So Quiet
Bill Nighy About Time
Sven Nordin Two Lives
Robbie Coltrane Great Expectations
Anthony Hopkins Thor: The Dark World
Vladislav Abashin In the Fog
Alain-Fabien Delon You and the Night
Django Schrevens The Fifth Season
Brendan Meyer The Christmas Ornament
Ulrich Noethen Hannah Arendt
Stanley Tucci The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Josh Gad Frozen
Nick Frost The World’s End

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Lika Babulani In Bloom
Hailee Steinfeld Ender’s Game
Karen Martinez La Jaula de Oro
Mackenzie Munro I Declare War
Sophie Nélisse The Book Thief

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Asa Butterfield Ender’s Game
András Gyémánt The Notebook
László Gyémánt The Notebook
Zachary Gordon Pete’s Christmas
Toby Irvine Great Expectations
Brandon Lopez La Jaula de Oro
Gage Munroe I Declare War
Michael Friend I Declare War
Daniel Flaherty Contest

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Mariam Bokeria In Bloom
Abigail Breslin Ender’s Game
Bebe Cave Great Expectations
Bailee Madison Pete’s Christmas
Katherine McNamara Contest

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Aramis Knight Ender’s Game
Andrés Murillo La Playa DC
Orynbek Moldakhan The Old Man
Peter DaCunha Pete’s Christmas
Toby Irvine Great Expectations
Dennis Andreev The Color of the Chameleon
Rodolfo Dominguez La Jaula de Oro
Siam Yu I Declare War
Alex Cardillo I Declare War
Kenton Duty Contest
Gill Vancompernolle The Fifth Season
Django Schrevens The Fifth Season
Nico Liersch The Book Thief

Best Cast

Blind Spot
Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Watchtower
Class Enemy
It’s All So Quiet
About Time
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
In the Fog
You and the Night
The Color of the Chameleon
The Fifth Season
The Color of the Chameleon
Hannah Arendt
Philomena
The Book Thief
The World’s End

Best Youth Ensemble

In Bloom
Ender’s Game
Pete’s Christmas
The Fifth Season
Contest
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
The Book Thief

Best Original Screenplay

Watchtower
Class Enemy
You and the Night
The Fifth Season
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
The World’s End

Best Adapted Screenplay

Blind Spot
Ender’s Game
The Notebook
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
In the Fog
The Color of the Chameleon
Philomena
Frozen

Best Score

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Thor: The Dark World
You and the Night
The Fifth Season
The Color of the Chameleon
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
The Book Thief
Frozen

Best Editing

Blind Spot
The Notebook
Class Enemy
It’s All So Quiet
The Green Wave
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
The Color of the Chameleon
The Fifth Season
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
Philomena
Frozen
The World’s End

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Blind Spot
Ender’s Game
La Playa DC
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Thor: The Dark World
In the Fog
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
The World’s End

Best Cinematography

Blind Spot
Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Watchtower
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
In the Fog
You and the Night
The Color of the Chameleon
The Fifth Season
La Jaula de Oro
The Book Thief
Frozen

Best Art Direction

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Watchtower
La Playa DC
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
Thor: The Dark World
In the Fog
You and the Night
The Color of the Chameleon
The Fifth Season
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
La Jaula de Oro
I Declare War
The Book Thief
The World’s End

Best Costume Design

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
It’s All So Quiet
Two Lives
The Old Man
Great Expectations
Thor: The Dark World
The Color of the Chameleon
Hannah Arendt
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I Declare War
The Book Thief

Best Makeup

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
Two Lives
The Old Man
Thor: The Dark World
You and the Night
The Color of the Chameleon
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I Declare War
The Book Thief

Best Visual Effects

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
The Green Wave
The Old Man
Thor: The Dark World
You and the Night
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I Declare War
Frozen
The World’s End

Best (Original) Song

Ender’s Game
The Notebook
La Playa DC
About Time
Schooled: The Price of College Sports
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Contest
La Jaula de Oro
Frozen

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Short Film Saturday: Zéro de conduite (1933)

Jean Vigo is perhaps the most proportionally influential filmmaker of all-time based on his small body of work. His penultimate film, of only four, was the following short.

An essay on Criterion about it states a few things well right at the outset:

French sociologist Roger Caillois proposed that every form of human recreation could be placed somewhere on a continuum between two terms: ludus and paidia. The first of these represents games defined almost wholly by their rule systems. Crossword puzzles and chess might lie near the ludic extreme. Paidia, by contrast, is sheer tumult, a realm of spontaneous roles and invention and a ceaseless overturning of bodies. If one were to assign an emblematic sound to paidia, it could only be that which opens Zéro de conduite (1933): the screams of kids at recess, a mass of voices expressing nothing beyond the creative energies of play in and for itself.

As Kite goes on to discuss some of the design and the kismet behind this film’s design one can see by choice and chance a precursor to the Nouvelle Vague due to some of the naturalistic filmmaking choices. The not immediately tangible plot, a challenge to conventional structure and the rebellious, dangerous nature of the tale itself all play into that. By AMPAS standards this film is actually a feature, but few titles ever fit into this mid-range and being about half as long as most features I think it applies as a short and is fairly important one.

To view this film please visit this link.