2015 BAM Award Considerations – April

I know that awards season on this blog just ended,  however, assembling those nominees is a year-long process. So the cycle begins anew with posts at the end of the month and master lists offline in preparation for the big dates of the award’s calendar year. Enjoy the scant January offerings. All titles viewed, new and old, can be seen on my Letterboxd.

Eligible Titles

Monkey Kingdom
Child 44
The Nun
God’s Slave
Wiplala
Seeds of Yesterday
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Woman in Gold
Get Hard
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
If There Be Thorns
Furious 7
I Hate Christian Laettner
It Follows
Little Boy
Ex Machina
The Dead Lands
My Mistress

Best Picture

It Follows

Best Foreign Film

The Nun
God’s Slave
Wiplala
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
The Dead Lands

Best Documentary

Monkey Kingdom
I Hate Christian Laettner

Most Overlooked Picture

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.

The Nun
God’s Slave
Wiplala
The Dead Lands

Best Director

It Follows

Best Actress

Pauline Etienne The Nun
Helen Mirren Woman in Gold
Maika Monroe It Follows
Alicia Vikander Ex Machina
Emmanuelle Béart My Mistress

Best Actor

Tom Hardy Child 44
Will Ferrell Get Hard
Domhnall Gleeson Ex Machina
James Rolleston The Dead Lands
Harrison Gilbertson My Mistress

Best Supporting Actress

Noomi Rapace Child 44
Louise Bourgoin The Nun
Isabelle Huppert The Nun
Natalia de Molina Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Emily Watson Little Boy

Best Supporting Actor

Gary Oldman Child 44
Geza Weisz Wiplala
Paul Kooij Wiplala
Kevin Hart Get Hard
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Little Boy
Oscar Isaac Ex Machina

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Sasha Mylanus Wiplala
Francesc Colomer Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Joel Courtney Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Mason Cook If There Be Thorns
Jakob Salvati Little Boy

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Kee Ketelaar Wiplala
Kat McNamara Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Jake T. Austin Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn

Best Cast

The Nun
God’s Slave
Wiplala
It Follows
Little Boy
Ex Machina

Best Youth Ensemble

Child 44
Wiplala
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
Little Boy

Best Original Screenplay

God’s Slave
It Follows
Little Boy
Ex Machina
The Dead Lands

Best Adapted Screenplay

Child 44
Wiplala
If There Be Thorns

Best Score

Child 44
The Nun
Wiplala
It Follows
Little Boy

Best Editing

Monkey Kingdom
God’s Slave
Wiplala
It Follows
Little Boy

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

God’s Slave
Wiplala
Furious 7
It Follows
Little Boy
The Dead Lands

Best Cinematography

Monkey Kingdom
The Nun
It Follows
Little Boy
Ex Machina
The Dead Lands

Best Art Direction

Child 44
The Nun
Wiplala
It Follows
Little Boy
Ex Machina
The Dead Lands

Best Costume Design

Child 44
The Nun
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn
It Follows
Little Boy
The Dead Lands
My Mistress

Best Makeup

Child 44
The Nun
It Follows
Little Boy
The Dead Lands
My Mistress

Best Visual Effects

Wiplala
Ex Machina

Best (Original) Song

Wiplala
Furious 7

I commented last year that there was a film that had me reconsidering the soundtrack as a potential category. It’s happened again so I will be tracking it and seeing if it’s worth re-including this year.

Best Soundtrack

Monkey Kingdom
Wiplala
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Furious 7

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