The BAM Awards are my annual selections for the best in film in all the traditional categories, as well as a few of my own devising. Below, you will find some information on the development of the Awards through the years, dates to keep in mind for this year; as well as links to posts listing past winners and nominees.
This is because the first time I did them, in 1996, I created them by myself, for myself. At the time, I knew a lot less about how these decisions are made, campaigning, the year-end barrage of contenders and the like, such that the releasing of the Academy Award nominees was more frustrating than it could be otherwise. Rather than just bemoan it I decided to create an award slate based on what I had seen.
Back then I was ticket-stub pack rat, at the time it was the only way I had to track anything. So I created the list, picked winners and printed it out. The fact that I stuck with hard copies and no back-up created issues later. However, it was just for me at the time.
I called them the BAM Awards because I needed a name. I suppose I came up with Bernardo Academy of Movies because I was being reactionary to The Academy. How one man by himself can be an Academy I didn’t fully consider. I thought it was kind of a silly name, even at the time, so eventually it just became the BAM Awards.
Slowly, the awards widened: soon I emailed a select group of friends (that created eventual storage issues), a few years ago when I was on the Site That Must Not Be Named I decided to really take it public. I didn’t think about it ahead of time, it just occurred to me roundabout late November of ’09 that I could.
The publication was an exciting and unnerving process, regardless of how many or how few people would actually care to see them. While there are a two categories (which I have skipped on occasion and will officially cease considering) which are negative, it is a positive emotion that brings me to these announcements. I want to at the end of the year share what I thought and why, and all winner announcements come with some explanation, and I do belabor them and struggle with them.
So it is heartening that in 2011, for the first time, the actual honorees, be they nominees or winners, on occasion acknowledged it. Now that may seem like a self-aggrandizing statement, but what I liked was knowing the news reached them, and other people, and they were pleased to hear it. The design of these awards are to cement what performances, works and films most affected me, I make no bones about that, and sharing that felt like a gamble, but it’s been rewarding for that and many other reasons.
Important Dates for 2020 BAM Awards
December 24th: Shortlists created.
December 31st: Last day for films to qualify.
January 4th, 2021: Nominees announced.
January 11th, 2021: Winners announced.
2011 Winners (Film Categories)
2011 BAM Award Winners (Acting Categories)
2011 BAM Award Winners (Crew Categories)
Winners by Category
A year-by-year breakdown of who won in every category.
Best Foreign Film
Most Overlooked Picture
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Youth Ensemble
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Sound Editing/Mixing
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Visual Effects
Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award
Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award
Neutron Star Award
Special Jury Awards
Categories that for one reason or another didn’t stand the test of time.