2017 BAM Award Nominations

Here are the nominees for the 2017 BAM Awards. Winners will be announced on January 9th. Some films did qualify after 12/24. Some gross omissions, as speculated in the shortlists were corrected. Collages that may feature in the honoree post will feature on my Instagram page over the course of the next week. Without any further ado … enjoy!

Best Picture

The Big Sick
Blade Runner 2049
Coco
Get Out
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Split
Wind River
Wonderstruck

Best Foreign Film 

Few qualifiers. Jury prize may be announced on January 9th.

Most Overlooked Picture

1922
All Saints
Columbus
The Dark Tower
The Glass Castle
The Space Between Us
Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Wind River
Wonderstruck
XX

Best Documentary 

Few qualifiers. Jury prize may be announced on January 9th.

Best Director

Andy Muschietti It
Jordan Peele Get Out
Michael Showalter The Big Sick
M. Night Shyamalan Split
Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina Coco

Best Actress

Carla Gugino Gerald’s Game
Sally Hawkins The Shape of Water
Haley Lu Richardson Columbus
Aubrey Plaza Ingrid Goes West
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird

Best Actor

James Franco The Disaster Artist
Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049
Daniel Kaluuya Get Out
James McAvoy Split
Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Denzel Washington Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Supporting Actress

Betty Buckley Split
Carrie Fisher Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Holly Hunter The Big Sick
Catherine Keener Get Out
Laurie Metcalf Lady Bird
Carla Juri Blade Runner 2049

Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown Marshall
Dave Franco The Disaster Artist
Richard Jenkins The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Bill Skarsgård It

Best Cast

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del Toro, Frank Oz, Warwick Davis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gareth Edwards

The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Kurt Braunohler, Vella Lovell, David Alan Grier, Ed Herbstman, Shenaz Treasury, Kuhoo Verma, Mitra Jouhari, Myra Lucretia Taylor

Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, LilRel Howert, Erika Alexander

The Disaster Artist

James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Paul Scheer, Ari Graynor, Jacki WeaverMegan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Nathan Fielder, Hannibal Buress, Bob Odenkirk, Ike Batinholtz, Kevin Smith, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott, Danny McBride, Kristen Bell, J.J. Abrams, Lizzy Caplan, Judd Apatow, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

It

Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jackson Robert Scott, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bill Skarsgård, Nicholas Hamilton, Jake Sim, Logan Thompson, Owen Teague, Stephen Bogaert, Stuart Hughes, Geoffrey Pounsett, Molly Jane Atkinson

Wind River

Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Olsen, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Lange, Gil Birmingham, Althea Sam, Tokala Clifford, Jon Bernthal

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Ella Anderson The Glass Castle
Sophia Lillis It
Millicent Simmonds Wonderstruck
Izabela Vidovic Wonder
Lulu Wilson Annabelle: Creation
Maddie Ziegler The Book of Henry

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Oakes Fegley Wonderstruck
Noah Jupe Suburbicon
Judah Lewis The Babysitter
Jaeden Lieberher It
Tom Taylor The Dark Tower
Jacob Tremblay Wonder

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Lilly Aspell Wonder Woman
Chiara Aurelia Gerald’s Game
Lola Flanery Home Again
Peyton Kennedy XX
Amiah Miller War for the Planet of the Apes
Olivia Kate Rice The Glass Castle

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Jack Dylan Grazer It
Wyatt Oleff It
Chosen Jacobs It
Noah Jupe Wonder
Jeremy Ray Taylor It
Finn Wolfhard It

Best Youth Ensemble

The Glass Castle 

Ella Anderson, Chandler Head, Charlie Shotwell, Iain Armitage, Sadie Sink, Olivia Kate Rice, Shree Grace Crooks, and Ellen Grace Redfield
It

Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jackson Robert Scott and Nicholas Hamilton

Wonder 

Jacob Tremblay, Izabela Vidovic, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Ty Consiglio, Kyle Breitkopf, James Hughes, Elle McKinnon, Millie Davis, et al.

Wonderstruck 

Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, Jaden Michael, Sawyer Niehaus, et al.

Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein 

Anton Petzold, Juri Winkler, and  Tristan Göbel
The Beguiled

Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, and Emma Howard

Best Original Screenplay

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Jordan Peele Get Out
Lee Unkrich & Jason Katz & Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Morris Coco
M. Night Shyamalan Split
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay

Zak Hilditch and Stephen King 1922
Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and Philip K. Dick Blade Runner 2049
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Greg Sestero and Tom Bisse The Disaster Artist
Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard, and Stephen King Gerald’s Game
Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman,  and Stephen King It

Best Score

Carter Burwell Wonderstruck
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Wind River
John Williams Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Benjamin Walfisch It
Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch Blade Runner 2049

Best Editing

Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss Baby Driver
Jason Ballantine It
Jon Gregory Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gregory Plotkin Get Out
Joe Walker Blade Runner 2049

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Cinematography

Roger A. Deakins Blade Runner 2049
Hoyte Van Hoytema Dunkirk
Ben Richardson Wind River
Edward Lachman Wonderstruck
Chung-hoon Chung It

Best Art Direction

1922
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Costume Design

 

The Dark Tower
The Greatest Show
It
Wonderstruck
Victoria & Abdul

Best Makeup

1922
Gerald’s Game
It
The Shape of Water
Wonder

Best Visual Effects

Bladerunner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Soundtrack

Baby Driver
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2
Ingrid Goes West
The Disaster Artist
The Shape of Water

Best Song

“This Is Me” Keala Settle and The Greatest Show Ensemble The Greatest Showman
“Remember Me” (Reunion) Anthony Gonzalez, Ana Ofelia Murguía Coco
“Un Poco Loco” Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal Coco
“La Llorona” Alanna Ubach, Antonio Sol Coco
“Proud Corazón” Anthony Gonzalez Coco

Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer(s) of the Year Award(s)

To be announced.

Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award(s)

To be announced.

Neutron Star Award(s)

To be announced. 

Special Jury Award(s)

To be announced.

2017 BAM Award Shortlists

For the uninitiated here’s the way the shortlist system for my BAM Awards works:

  • This year I tracked eligible titles on my Letterboxd account.
  • What stood out in award categories was then tracked on a spreadsheet. A field filled out (e.g. Daniel Kaluuya Get Out for Best Actor) is one consideration.
  • The considerations in each category are tallied and if there are are enough, based on the number on nominees I’ll include, a shortlist is created. These lists are below.
  • NOTE: Categories with too few considerations will go straight to nominations and will not have a shortlist.
  • Being a committee of one mistakes are possible. These shortlists are not set in stone but very close.
  • Possible changes to the shortlists that may affect the nomination will be made due to: a) films viewed for the first time from 12/24-12/31 that qualify and b) gross omissions, which I don’t anticipate but are possible.
  • Nominees will be announced on 1/2/2018 and winners announced on 1/9/2018.

Without further adieu here are this years shortlists.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Consideration total: 15
Shortlist: 8

Anton Petzold Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Jaden Lieberher It
Jason Ian Drucker Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Judah Lewis The Babysitter
Noah Jupe Suburbicon

Oakes Fegley Wonderstruck
Peter Dacunha Mommy’s Little Boy
Tom Taylor The Dark Tower

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

Bryce Gheisar Wonder
Noah Jupe Wonder
Juri Winkler Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
Finn Wolfhard It
Jack Dylan Grazer It
Chosen Jacobs It
Jeremy Ray Taylor It
Wyatt Oleff It
Jackson Robert Scott It

Best performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

No shortlist

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

No shortlist

Best Youth Ensemble

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

The Glass Castle
It
Castle Shiverstone
Rico, Oskar und der Diebstahlstein
The Beguiled
Wonderstruck
A Bad Moms Christmas
Daddy’s Home 2
Wonder

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 35
Shortlist: 17

Betty Buckley Split
Candice Bergen Home Again
Carla Juri Blade Runner 2049
Carrie Fisher Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Catherine Keener Get Out
Elizabeth Olsen Wind River
Goldie Hawn Snatched
Holly Hunter The Big Sick
Julia Roberts Wonder
Julianne Moore Suburbicon
Kate Hudson Marshall
Kirsten Dunst The Beguiled
Laurie Metcalf Lady Bird
Melanie Griffith The Disaster Artist
Sharon Stone The Disaster Artist
Michelle Pfeiffer Murder on the Orient Express
Molly Parker 1922

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Considerations: 52
Shortlist: 26

Austin Abrams Brad’s Status
Benny Safdie Good Time
Bill Skarsgård It
Chris Pine Wonder Woman
Colin Farrell Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Dave Franco The Disaster Artist
Dylan Schmid 1922
Gil Birmingham Wind River
Harrison Ford Blade Runner 2049
Henry Thomas Gerald’s Game
Tom Hiddleston Thor: Ragnarok
Josh Gad Marshall
Kurt Russel Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
LilRey Howery Get Out
Mark Hamill Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Mark Rylance Dunkirk
Oscar Isaac Suburbicon
Owen Wilson Wonder
Ray Romano The Big Sick
Robert Downey, Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jacob Batalon Spider-Man: Homecoming
Michael Keaton Spider-Man: Homecoming
Sterling K. Brown Marshall
Steve Carell Battle of the Sexes
Woody Harrelson Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sam Rockwell Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Considerations: 40
Shortlist: 20

Barry Pepper 1922
Bruce Greenwood Gerald’s Game
Chadwick Boseman Marshall
Charlie Hunnam The Lost City of Z
Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Daniel Kaluuya Get Out
Denzel Washington Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Idris Elba The Mountain Between Us
Jake Gyllenhaal Stronger
James Franco The Disaster Artist
James McAvoy Split
Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Matt Damon Suburbicon
Oscar Isaac Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Robert De Niro The Wizard of Lies
Robert Pattinson Good Time
Ryan Gosling Blade Runner 2049
Steve Carell Brad’s Status
Steve Coogan The Dinner
Tom Holland Spider-Man: Homecoming

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Considerations: 24
Shortlist: 12

Anya Taylor-Joy Split
Aubrey Plaza Ingrid Goes West
Carla Gugino Gerald’s Game
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Elizabeth Olsen Wind River
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Gal Gadot Wonder Woman
Haley Lu Richardson Columbus
Kate Winslet The Mountain Between Us
Samara Weaving The Babysitter
Saoirse Ronan Lady Bird
Tatiana Maslany Stronger
Zoe Kazan The Big Sick

Best Cast

Considerations: 25
Shortlist: 12

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Suburbicon
The Big Sick
Marshall
The Beguiled
Get Out
The Disaster Artist
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Glass Castle
It
Wonder
Wind River
Columbus

Best Picture

Shortlist: 18 films (or more)
Nominees: 10

Coco
The Big Sick
Get Out
It
Split
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Blade Runner 2049
Baby Driver
Wonderstruck
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Wonder
Wind River
Lady Bird
1922
Wonder Woman
Dunkirk
Columbus

Best Director

Considerations: 17
Shortlist: None

Best Original Screenplay

Considerations: 17
Shortlist: 8

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Edgar Wright Baby Driver
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Jordan Peele Get Out
Lee Unkrich & Jason Katz & Matthew Aldrich & Adrian Morris Coco
M. Night Shyamalan Split
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Taylor Sheridan Wind River

Best Adapted Screenplay

Considerations: 10
Shortlist: None

Best Cinematography

Considerations: 24
Shortlist: 12

Ben Davis Three Billbords Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ben Richardson 1922
Ben Richardson Wind River
Chung-hoon Chung It
Edward Lachman Wonderstruck
Hoyte van Hoytema Dunkirk
Mandy Walker The Mountain Between Us
Phillippe Le Sourde The Beguiled
Rasmus Vidbræk The Dark Tower
Roger A. Deakins Blade Runner 2049
Sean Price Williams Good Time
Steve Yedlin Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Foreign Language Film

Not enough films to qualify. Maybe a jury award.

Most Overlooked Film

Considerations: 10
Shortlist: None

Best Documentary

Jury Prize – No shortlist

Best Score

NOTE: This category lacks a shortlist owing to the need to revisit several scores before making final decisions.

Considerations: 22
Shortlist: None

Best (Original) Song

Considerations: 8
Shortlist: None

Best Costume Design

Considerations: 27
Shortlist: 13

Murder on the Orient Express
It
Wonderstruck
Dunkirk
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
A Dog’s Purpose
Wonder Woman
The Lost City of Z
The Beguiled
Marshall
Victoria & Abdul

Best Makeup

Considerations: 27
Shortlist: 13

It
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Wonder
1922
Annabelle: Creation
Split
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
Gerald’s Game
The Babysitter
LBJ
Jigsaw

Best Visual Effects

Considerations: 18
Shortlist: 9

Alien: Covenant
Blad Runner 2049
Dunkirk
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
It
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
War for the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Art Direction

Considerations: 22
Shortlist: 11

1922
Alien: Covenant
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Columbus
It
Murder on the Orient Express
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Victoria & Abdul
Wonderstruck

Best Soundtrack

Considerations: 14
Shortlist: None

Best Editing

Considerations: 21
Shortlist: 10

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Columbus
Get Out
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wind River
Wonderstruck

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Considerations: 16
Shortlist: 8

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
It
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The Dark Tower
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman
Wonderstruck

 

Best Films of 2016

Typically I post the best films of the year as a series of posts where I write about each individually. Since I didn’t see enough films in 2016 to make more than a top 10, and that list is reflected and discussed in the BAM Awards. I post merely a screencap of my Letterboxd list, in case anyone is curious as to the order the films appear in.

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2016 BAM Awards: Honorary Awards

Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Awards

Dwayne Johnson

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To say that I never expected when he was making a name for himself in the WWE that I’d one day award Dwayne Johnson anything would be an understatement.

However, with the second season of the HBO show BallersCentral Intelligence, and one of the bigger Gray Area films of the year, Moana.

Johnson has come a long way, but has always seemed a parallel on a higher plain than another honoree on this page.

It was a great year for him, he has three big 2017 films and has become one of the more enjoyable personalities onscreen and one of the few movie stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Paris Agreement For Climate Change Signing

In an indicator of my 2016, both the men I chose as entertainers of the year, have additions to the Gray Area. With DiCaprio it is The Ivory Game that is in that category. His award is more a behind the scenes one, specifically in the link between The Revenant and Before the Flood which created a personal narrative in a macrocosmic view that enlightened and enlivened both.

DiCaprio is also one of a notable few (recently Emma Watson also has) speakers at the UN who are using their celebrity for some good.

Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Awards

If there was one thing that 2016 showed the world, it’s that there should not be a limitation on appreciation. While my lifetime awards want to try to award those “not on their deathbed” it’s become even clearer to all that there are not guarantees and being too premature awarding in a category like this is not the end of the world.

In that spirit I picked two this year, and may find a way to squeeze in three for 2017. Here they are:

John Williams

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50 Academy Award Nominations.

5 Oscars.

Nearly all of Spielberg’s credits.

The basis upon which the scoring of Star Wars and Harry Potter scores are built by others.

3 BAM Awards (1997, 2001, and 2002).

7 BAM Award Nominations.

Countless other memorable moments. Clearly deserving and frankly overdue.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Movie stardom is a rare commodity now it seems, and Schwarzenegger definitely has always had that kind of magnetism.

However, after serving two terms as the governor of California, in 2011, as Arnold Schwarzenegger started to appear on the big screen again, I realized something: I’d missed him on-screen. 2016 was an off-year in as much as most of what he’s worked on lately will be out in 2017 and beyond, which is part of the tradition I like to follow (to have things forthcoming of note like (TripletsThe Legend of ConanJourney to China: Mystery of the Iron MaskAftermathWhy We’re Killing Gunther and more) but he still managed to make people take notice:

But while that brought entertainment value to his now-too-rare, sane conservatism this is not a political trophy. Since 2011 he has returned to the Terminator franchise (in which he was far superior to the narrative of the most recent film), delivered perhaps his best performance in Maggie, not only cemented his action legacy but muscled his way into Liam Neeson’s action niche, and, of course, we all know what he was to action in the ’80s.

Neutron Star Awards

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Walter Lantz

One series of viewings I was able to achieve was to watch my Woody Woodpecker box set this year. I always was a fan of that cast of characters, from my childhood, but I had gotten to such a removed perspective from having seen them that I thought it might’ve been mythologized nostalgia.

In finding things about Lantz, those characters (especially the secondary ones), I see that was not the case. There are more out there to find, they should not be overlooked, and I’ll be glad to see them. This man on a smaller scale made a world of characters to take note of. Not just Woody but Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, and others.

Qusai Abtini

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In a better world I never would’ve learned who Qusai Abtini was, in a better world the show he was one wouldn’t have needed to exist. However, it also shows the power of the arts as escapism, even when the comedy is very close-to-home.

Abtini starred in Um Abdou Aleppan, a sitcom started in 2014 in Aleppo’s rebel section, the first production to start as so:

A Syrian sitcom which takes place in one of the historic stone houses in the old city of Aleppo and in which all the roles are played by children has lost one of its stars this month: a tragic reality that has intruded on the innocence of the show. A 14-year-old boy Qusai Abtini, was killed when a missile struck the car he was in as he tried to escape Aleppo. Fresh-faced with a toothy grin and thick black hair, Abtini had become a local celebrity. His life and death underscored the suffering of Aleppans. Their city was once the commercial center of Syria with a thriving, unique culture. It has now been torn to pieces by fighting, with whole neighborhoods left in ruin. since the summer of 2012, when Aleppo split into rebel- and government-held districts and the two sides turned on each other, tens of thousands in the city have been killed. 14 year-old Qusai Abtini is now one of the killed.

Special Jury Awards

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

When I was young, in my teens most likely (based on how it looked in my mind) I daydreamed about death being no obstacle to a casting decision. Is a Ghost-Peter Cushing ready to headline a film? No, but knowing it would be there, it still had me in the first scene and I was surprised that they went there so much. It is marvelous.

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Debra Paget, For Example

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wins this award for exemplary for artistry of the video essay, and the best short of 2016. It was previously reviewed here.

This film is available to view on Fandor.

2016 BAM Award Winners

2016 BAM Award Winners

In 2016 it was likely the year with fewest qualified films since I was a teenager. Having said that I only held back in fully nominating categories. Looking at this like a film festival, the program size can shrink or increase but the nominees and honorees are still the crème de la crème.

Honorees are pictured.

I’ll update this post live. If the list is incomplete when you visit. Check back!

Best Song

“Equal Rights” Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Atticus Schaffer, and Pink Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

“Incredible Thoughts” Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Atticus Schaffer, Michael Bolton, and Justin Timberlake (as Mr. Fish) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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

“Can’t Stop the Feeling (Film Version)” Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Kunal Nayyar Trolls

“I Wan’na Be Like You” Christopher Walken The Jungle Book“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Regina Spektor Kubo and the Two Strings

and the award goes to…

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An honorable mention definitely goes to Christopher Walken’s marvelous rendition of “I Wan’na be Like You.”

Odds were always in Popstar‘s favor earning three nominations. However, “Turn Up the Beef” aside from catchiness, hilarity, and featuring Emma Stone; features the infamous “catch-phrase” verse which plays a huge role in the narrative.

It is the first BAM Award for Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone. The second for Stone.

Best Soundtrack 

Aquarius
Die Boskampi’s
Keanu
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The River Thief

And the award goes to…

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Last year I admitted I should’ve had this category back in this mix. This year I followed through. While many didn’t jump out, I liked all the nominees immensely. I got Popstar almost immediately, they’re catchy, I like the lyrics, and it still makes me laugh; and even in its stupidity it is also commenting on things, so that’s a bonus.

Best Visual Effects

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Pete’s Dragon
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

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Rogue One did a lot very well, and stood out with fewer weaknesses than the other films. More on this later…

Best Makeup

O Diabo Mora Aqui
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie

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I tried to avoid having a movie about Donald Trump’s insipid book win anything. Believe me. As funny as it is, I was somewhat afraid he’d take it as a compliment. However, making Johnny Depp look like a circa 1987 Trump is a pretty YUGE feat. So YUGE it can’t be ignored. Kind of like Russian hacking.

Best Costume Design

Der Bunker
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children just did more and better; it hit the trifecta (period, fantasy, and contemporary design) and was gorgeous in doing so.

Best Art Direction

Aquarius
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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In a similar way to its costume design, but on a grander scale, and in a terrestrial fantasy tale Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children does wonders.

Best Cinematography

Jarin Blascke The Witch
Greig Fraser Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Emmanuel Lubezki The Revenant
Wolfgang Thaler Theeb
Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu Aquarius

And the award goes to…

Emmanuel Lubezki The Revenant

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All of these films had tremendous images that helped in telling their stories, The Revenant was replete with them.

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

And the award goes to…

The Jungle Book

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Rewatching this at home recently really drove home how immersive and real the sound design and mix for this film was, essential in creating Mowgli’s jungle.

Best Editing

Brett Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski O.J.: Made in America
John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, and Jabez Olssen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt Captain America: Civil War
Louise Ford The Witch
Eduardo Serrano Aquarius

And the award goes to…

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

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This film is like a book in its detail, complexity, and plotting (the length helps) but it moves effortlessly like a long harrowing nightmare. It’s incredible and documentary editing is a daunting task. Well done indeed.

Best Score

Jerry Lane Theeb
Andrew Lockington Incarnate
Mogwai, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gabriel Satolalla Before the Flood
Mark Korven The Witch
Dominic Lewis Money Monster

And the award goes to…

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This is always such a hard category to chose. Ultimately those shortlisted match the action well, and the nominees do that plus add a unique twist of some kind to its music. The Witch‘s music feels like a throwback like the film and it works brilliantly.

Best Adapted Screenplay

David Lowery & Toby Holbrooks, Malcolm Marmostein, Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field Pete’s Dragon
Justin Marks and Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Mark Millar Captain America: Civil War
Anders Øholm and Kenneth Bøgh Andersen Antboy 3
Christ Weitz, Tony Gilroy and John Knoll, Gary Whitta and George Lucas Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

Pete’s Dragon

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If you not only improve on the original but create something vastly different and superior, you get what Disney did with Pete’s Dragon. As a double-feature they’s be quite a contrast, but what is contained in the new version is special independent of that comparison, and why it stands tall above the rest of the field.

Best Original Screenplay

Robert Eggers The Witch
Nikias Chryssos Der Bunker
Byron Howard & Rich Moore & Jared Bush & Jim Reardon & Josie Trinidad & Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee; Jared Bush & Phil Johnston Zootopia
Kleber Mendonça Filho Aquarius
J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

And the award goes to…

Nikias Chryssos Der Bunker

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Some quotes from my review may explain why I chose this film:

Der Bunker is a film that almost needs to be seen to be conveyed but here goes nothing; I will begin by quoting the great John Waters in saying “Get more out of life. See a fucked up movie.”

In summation:

Der Bunker is a comedy that’s great for a laugh but it is of the far-too-rare variety in this day and age that makes you think as well.

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Beau Gadsdon Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Astrid Juncher-Benzon Antboy 3
Oona Laurence Pete’s Dragon
Alexa Nisenson Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Faith Wood-Blagrove Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

And the award goes to…

Alexa Nisenson Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

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These girls are all spectacular in their roles but Alexa Nisenson breaks out when Middle School changes gears and tales it to an unexpected level and completely steals the show.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Thomas Barbusca Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Samuel Ting Graf Antboy 3
Isaiah Tootoosis The Revenant
Harvey Scrimshaw The Witch
Emjay Anthony Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
David Mazouz Incarnate

And the award goes to…

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I couldn’t narrow this category to five as there were six very deserving nominees, but this award was sealed on my first viewing of this film in what is nothing short of a breathtaking performance. To say more would be to spoil The Witch.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Gabriel Bateman Lights Out
Thor Braun De Boskampi’s
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat Theeb
Oakes Fegley Pete’s Dragon
Daniel Huttlestone London Town
Neel Sethi The Jungle Book

And the award goes to…

Daniel Huttlestone London Town

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This is another packed category, and any number of the actors could have been chosen. Many of these kids worked alone quite a bit, carried the films they were in, and had tough work to do. However, in a manner of degrees Daniel Huttlestone edges it out.

After his breakout in Les Miserables I wouldn’t have been surprised to find myself awarding Dan Huttlestone, but what was a minor upset is that while this film is musical he does not sing in this one. He plays some quite heightened scenes and conveys world-weariness, youthful enthusiasm of new things with sensativity.

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Ruby Barnhill The BFG
Jessi Goei Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Isabela Moner Legends of the Hidden Temple
Madison Wolfe The Conjuring 2
Lulu Wilson Ouija: The Origin of Evil
And the award goes to…

Madison Wolfe The Conjuring 2

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It’s commonplace for British actors to fool American audiences into believing that they are  from our country. It’s a rarer feat for the opposite to be true, even more rare for a young performer. That combined with her intensity and control is why Madison Wolfe gets the win in a highly talented field.

Best Youth Ensemble

Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, Cade Mansfield Cooksey, Ava Alyse Anthony, Kennedy Anthony, Cameron Avants, Gabriel Byrd, Queen Byrd, Parker Hankins, Pixie Hankins, and Zach Mooney Bad Moms
Thor Braun, Rick Lens, Thijn Brobbel, Luciano Hiwat, Dylan Pijper, Joes Brauers, Maas Bronkhuyzen, and Dennis Reinsma De Boskampi’s
Adam Greaves-Neil, Gabriele Dentoni, Niccolò Alaimo, and Finn McLeod Ireland The Young Messiah
Isabela Moner, Jet Jurgensmeyer, and Colin Critchley Legends of the Hidden Temple
Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca, Alexa Nisenson, Jessi Goei, Jacob Hopkins, Patrick Fagan, and Isabela Moner, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Oscar Dietz, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Samuel Ting Graf, Astrid Juncher-Benzon, and Cecile AsturpTarp Antboy 3

And the award goes to…

De Boskampi’s

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These were all talented and deep casts. What propelled De Boskampi’s (The Little Gangster) to the win is that many cast members in this film were leads in prior projects and all brought it here, some in roles rather different than they previously had. They’re funny with spot-on timing, and serious when they have to be. It’s worth looking for this one.

Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Fripan Der Bunker
Tom Hardy The Revenant
Tom Holland Captain America: Civil War
Jack O’Connell Money Monster
Will Poulter The Revenant

And the award goes to…

Daniel Fripan Der Bunker

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In that same review I compare Fripan to a performance that came over thirty years prior that is iconic. That is how an extremely capable field is topped.

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bello Lights Out
Tiffany Haddish Keanu
Kathryn Hahn Bad Moms
Anna Kendrick Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Frances O’Connor The Conjuring 2

And the award goes to…

Kathryn Hahn Bad Moms

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This field is great, and mostly comedic, but I was unafraid of including comedy and horror this year. The most scene-stealingest, tour de force of the year in a I’ll-make-this-better-all-by-myself-if-I-have-to way was Hahn’s in this movie. The good news for Bad Moms is that it is pretty damn funny aside from her. She takes it above and beyond.

Best Actor

Joel Courtney The River Thief
Johnny Depp Donald Trump’s The Art the Deal: The Movie
Joshua Dickinson The Mirror
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant
Diego Luna Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Andy Samberg Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

And the award goes to…

Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant

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First, yes, this is a six-nominee category again. Two of the nominees had only the strike against them that they are young. I did not want to hold that against them. There is validity to the argument that you don’t want Best Actor to turn into “Most Acting” but as opposed to the live-wire DiCaprio I loved seeing every so often this was an altogether new one, a borderline transcendent one, and that’s why I chose him as the recipient.

Best Actress

Sonia Braga Aquarius
Raleigh Cain The River Thief
Toni Collette Glassland
Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch
Oona Von Maydell Der Bunker

And the award goes to…

Sonia Braga Aquarius

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There is great potential in Cain and Taylor-Joy. Collette is a dynamo and Von Maydell a revelation, but one woman ran away with this: Sonia Braga.

When I heard this film was coming around, then that Sonia Braga was in it; I was pumped. Yes, I’m Brazilian but it’s been far too long since I saw her in a role of significance. More recently I’d seen her daughter Alice make a small splash here in the US. With this coming out of Brazil and her appearing on Luke Cage (which I need to see) it’s a bounceback for one of Brazil’s, and the world’s, finest actresses. But this is not a glorified achievement award. She is absolute dynamite in this film and jumps off the screen with cool, resolved, steel, rarely big, always connected, and intense; it’s masterful.

Best Cast

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, John Kani, John Slattery, Hope Davis, and Alfre Woodard in Captain America: Civil War

Pedro Caetano, Pedro Carvalho, Mariana Cortines, Diego Goullart, Ivo Müller, Sidney Santiago, Clara Verdier in O Diabo Mora Aqui

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccona, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Chris Redd, Evan Fine, Max Jenkins, Elliot Smith, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey, Pink, Kevin Nealon, Mario Lopez, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, Eric André, Paul Scheer, Will Forte, Weird Al, Michael Bolton, Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake , etc. in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk’o, Fabrice Adde, Arthur RedCloud, Christopher Rosamund, Robert Moloney, Lukas Haas, and Isaiah Tootoosis in The Revenant

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, etc. in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And the award goes to…

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This was another tough one two casts the awarded, and O Diabo Mora Aqui (The Devil Lives Here), whom had no glaring weakness. This cast extracted that much more pathos and gravitas in their work and moved me in a way I’d not been moved in this series beforehand. Spectacular work.

Best Director

Nikias Chryssos Der Bunker
Ezra Edelman O.J.: Made in America
Gareth Edwards Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Robert Eggers The Witch
Kleber Mendonça Filho Aquarius

And the award goes to…

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One thing that can play into these awards is improbability: if you told me some time ago that there would be a rather different take on a Star Wars film, in a spin-off mode, and that would deepen and enrich the myth, address some overarching concerns but still remain mostly autonomous, I’d have say you were crazy. Edwards overcame all that, the weight of expectation and brought som innovation to the film in other ways, too.

Best Documentary

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The honorable mention is for Before the Flood but O.J.: Made in a America is truly something special.

Most Overlooked Picture

Antboy 3
De Boskampi’s
Der Bunker
O Diabo Mora Aqui
The River Thief

And the award goes to…

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Typically this award had gone to films without US distribution. This time the one that deserves a wider audience most won out. For more on why The River Thief fits the bill check my review.

Best Foreign Film

Antboy 3
Aquarius
De Boskampi’s
Der Bunker
O Diabo Mora Aqui

And the award goes to…

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The tale of a woman who is the last holdout in her would-be gentrified apartment building sounds like a simple tale one that couldn’t be elaborated on too much or be that great, but the brilliance of this film is it realizes how to fit thoughts and dramatic expressions on many things into one cohesive story. Mesmerizing work.

Best Picture

Aquarius
Before the Flood
Der Bunker
O.J.: Made in America
Pete’s Dragon
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

And the award goes to…

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I’m not going to expect Star Wars to change the game every decade or so, but sure enough after the installment that made me get it, there comes that makes me want to go all in for the anthology titles. Bring them!

NOTE: The honorary awards do not deserve a short shrift, so they will be move to tomorrow (1/10, or later today depending on your time zone).

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2016 BAM Award Nominations

Posted here will be the BAM Award Nominations for 2016. Nominees will be updated LIVE category-by-category. Check back if the list looks incomplete. There will be the words THE END at the foot of the post when all is said and done.

Honorees, explanations, and a recap of 2016 (such as it was) will be announced on January 9th in a separate post. Enjoy!

Best Picture

Aquarius
Before the Flood
Der Bunker
O.J.: Made in America
Pete’s Dragon
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

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Best Foreign Film

Antboy 3
Aquarius
De Boskampi’s
Der Bunker
O Diabo Mora Aqui

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Most Overlooked Picture

Antboy 3
De Boskampi’s
Der Bunker
O Diabo Mora Aqui
The River Thief

Best Documentary

It’d be a stretch to nominate five, I could pick four but I’d prefer not to. Winner will be announced on 1/9.

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Best Director

Nikias Chryssos Der Bunker
Ezra Edelman O.J.: Made in America
Gareth Edwards Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Robert Eggers The Witch
Kleber Mendonça Filho Aquarius

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Best Actress

Sonia Braga Aquarius
Raleigh Cain The River Thief
Toni Collette Glassland
Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch
Oona Von Maydell Der Bunker

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Best Actor

Joel Courtney The River Thief
Johnny Depp Donald Trump’s The Art the Deal: The Movie
Joshua Dickinson The Mirror
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant
Diego Luna Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Andy Samberg Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bello Lights Out
Tiffany Haddish Keanu
Kathryn Hahn Bad Moms
Anna Kendrick Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Frances O’Connor The Conjuring 2

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Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Fripan Der Bunker
Tom Hardy The Revenant
Tom Holland Captain America: Civil War
Jack O’Connell Money Monster
Will Poulter The Revenant

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Best Cast

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, John Kani, John Slattery, Hope Davis, and Alfre Woodard in Captain America: Civil War

Pedro Caetano, Pedro Carvalho, Mariana Cortines, Diego Goullart, Ivo Müller, Sidney Santiago, Clara Verdier in O Diabo Mora Aqui 

Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccona, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Chris Redd, Evan Fine, Max Jenkins, Elliot Smith, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Mariah Carey, Pink, Kevin Nealon, Mario Lopez, Will Arnett, Bill Hader, Eric André, Paul Scheer, Will Forte, Weird Al, Michael Bolton, Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake , etc. in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk’o, Fabrice Adde, Arthur RedCloud, Christopher Rosamund, Robert Moloney, Lukas Haas, and Isaiah Tootoosis in The Revenant

Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, etc. in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Ruby Barnhill The BFG
Jessi Goei Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Isabela Moner Legends of the Hidden Temple
Madison Wolf The Conjuring 2
Lulu Wilson Ouija: The Origin of Evil

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Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Gabriel Bateman Lights Out
Thor Braun De Boskampi’s
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat Theeb
Oakes Fegley Pete’s Dragon
Daniel Huttlestone London Town
Neel Sethi The Jungle Book

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Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Beau Gadsdon Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Astrid Juncher-Benzon Antboy 3
Oona Laurence Pete’s Dragon
Alexa Nisenson Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Faith Wood-Blagrove Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Thomas Barbusca Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Samuel Ting Graf Antboy 3
Isaiah Tootoosis The Revenant
Harvey Scrimshaw The Witch
Emjay Anthony Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
David Mazouz Incarnate

 

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Best Youth Ensemble

Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, Cade Mansfield Cooksey, Ava Alyse Anthony, Kennedy Anthony, Cameron Avants, Gabriel Byrd, Queen Byrd, Parker Hankins, Pixie Hankins, and Zach Mooney Bad Moms
Thor Braun, Rick Lens, Thijn Brobbel, Luciano Hiwat, Dylan Pijper, Joes Brauers, Maas Bronkhuyzen, and Dennis Reinsma De Boskampi’s
Adam Greaves-Neil, Gabriele Dentoni, Niccolò Alaimo, and Finn McLeod Ireland The Young Messiah
Isabela Moner, Jet Jurgensmeyer, and Colin Critchley Legends of the Hidden Temple
Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca, Alexa Nisenson, Jessi Goei, Jacob Hopkins, Patrick Fagan, and Isabela Moner,  Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Oscar Dietz, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Samuel Ting Graf,  Astrid Juncher-Benzon, and Cecile AsturpTarp Antboy 3

 

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Best Original Screenplay

Robert Eggers The Witch
Nikias Chryssos Der Bunker
Byron Howard & Rich Moore & Jared Bush & Jim Reardon & Josie Trinidad & Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee; Jared Bush & Phil Johnston Zootopia
Kleber Mendonça Filho Aquarius
J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Best Adapted Screenplay

David Lowery & Toby Holbrooks, Malcolm Marmostein, Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field Pete’s Dragon
Justin Marks and Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Mark Millar Captain America: Civil War
Anders Øholm and Kenneth Bøgh Andersen Antboy 3
Christ Weitz, Tony Gilroy and John Knoll, Gary Whitta and George Lucas Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Score

Jerry Lane Theeb
Andrew Lockington Incarnate
Mogwai, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gabriel Satolalla Before the Flood
Mark Korven The Witch
Dominic Lewis Money Monster

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Best Editing

Brett Granato, Maya Mumma, and Ben Sozanski O.J.: Made in America
John Gilroy, Colin Goudie, and Jabez Olssen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt Captain America: Civil War
Louise Ford The Witch
Eduardo Serrano Aquarius

 

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Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Witch

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Best Cinematography

Jarin Blascke The Witch
Greig Fraser Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Emmanuel Lubezki The Revenant
Wolfgang Thaler Theeb
Pedro Sotero, Fabricio Tadeu Aquarius

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Best Art Direction

Aquarius
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Jungle Book
Rogue One: Star Wars Story

 

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Best Costume Design

Der Bunker
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

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Best Makeup

O Diabo Mora Aqui
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Revenant
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Visual Effects

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Pete’s Dragon
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Best Soundtrack

Aquarius
Die Boskampi’s
Keanu
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
The River Thief

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Best Song

“Equal Rights” Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Atticus Schaffer, and Pink Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 

“Incredible Thoughts” Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Atticus Schaffer, Michael Bolton, and Justin Timberlake (as Mr. Fish) Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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

“Can’t Stop the Feeling (Film Version)” Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Kunal Nayyar Trolls

“I Wan’na Be Like You” Christopher Walken The Jungle Book“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Regina Spektor Kubo and the Two Strings

Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer(s) of the Year Award(s)

To be announced.

Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award(s)

To be announced.

Neutron Star Award(s)

To be announced. 

Special Jury Award(s)

To be announced.

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2016 BAM Award Shortlists

I won’t bother you with math or laments of 2016 (we all have those). Instead, I will just share with you the shortlists at current, and to emphasize how much closer these individuals and films are to a nomination (January 2nd) and being honored (January 9th), I’ve included some images of notable past honorees. Movies viewed between now and December 31st are eligible and may make surprise appearances among the nominees.

Eligible films can be found here.

Artificial Intelligence: A.I. (2001, DreamWorks)

Artificial Intelligence: A.I. which swept through most of the 2001 Awards.

Best Picture

The Revenant
Zootopia
The Jungle Book
Antboy 3
The Witch
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
O.J.: Made in America
Don’t Breathe
Pete’s Dragon
The Purge: Election Year
Der Bunker
Theeb
Aquarius
Finding Dory
Before the Flood
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Note: Ten (10) will be nominated in the above category and will compose my year’s top 10.

The White Ribbon (2009, Sony Pictures Classics)

The White Ribbon which in 2010 smashed the nomination record (21).

Best Foreign Film

Antboy 3
De Boskampi’s
Aquarius
Boy 7
Der Bunker
Killbillies
The Perfect Husband
Theeb
O Diabo Mora Aqui

Note: five (5) will be nominated in the above category.

Class Enemy (2013, Courtesy of Triglav Film)

Class Enemy one of the reasons this award exists.

 Most Overlooked Picture

Antboy 3
De Boskampi’s
Der Bunker
O Diabo Mora Qui
The Young Messiah
Debra Paget, For Example
Glassland
London Town
Money Monster
The Mirror
The River Thief

Note: five (5) will be nominated in the above category.

Best Documentary

The Short Game (2013, Netflix)

The Short Game, a prior winner, and the first streaming service film (Netflix) to win an award.

Before the Flood
Believeland
Doc & Darryl
Fantastic Lies
Hit it Hard
O.J.: Made in America
Phi Slama Jama
Sherpa
This Magic Moment

Note: five (5) will be nominated in the above category.

Bela Tarr

One of two directors (Bergman is the other) to win a BAM Award for their swan song.

Best Director

Travis Knight Kubo and the Two Strings
Robert Eggers The Witch
Nikia Chryssos Der Bunker
Kleber Mendoça Filho Aquarius
Jon Favreau The Jungle Book
Jodie Foster Money Monster
Gareth Edwards Rogue One
Fede Alvarez Don’t Breathe
Ezra Edelman O.J.: Made in America
Anthony & Joe Russo Captain America: Civil War
Alejandro G. Iñárritu The Revenant

Titus (1999, Fox Searchlight)

Jessica Lange remains the only Actress to win consecutive awards in the category (’99 and ’00), and has the longest gap between individual wins after a Supporting Actress win in 2014.

Best Actress

Vera Farmiga The Conjuring 2
Toni Collette Glassland
Sonia Braga Aquarius
Raleigh Cain The River Thief
Oona Von Maydell Der Bunker
Mila Kunis Bad Moms
Margot Robbie Suicide Squad
Kerry Washington Confirmation
Julia Roberts Money Monster
Jemma Dallender The Mirror
Jane Levy Don’t Breathe
Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch

 

Take Shelter (2011)

Michael Shannon in 2011 is the most recent American honoree, and one two native Kentuckians (Jeremy Sumpter is the other).

Best Actor

Andy Samberg Popstar
Dylan Minnette Don’t Breathe
Eddie Redmayne Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
George Clooney Money Monster
Joel Courtney The Rive Thief
Johnny Depp Donald Trump’s The Art the Deal: The Movie
Joshua Dickinson The Mirror
Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant
Paul Reubens Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
Pit Bukowski Der Bunker
Wendell Pierce Confirmation
Will Poulter Glassland
Zac Efron Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

About A Boy (2002)

Toni Collette (1999 and 2002) remains the only two-time winner in this category to date.

Best Supporting Actress

Tiffany Haddish KeanuSofia Boutella Star Trek Beyond
Maria Bello Lights Out
Kathryn Hahn Bad Moms
Judi Dench Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Frances O’Connor The Conjuring 2
Annalise Basso Ouija The Origin of Evil
Anna Kendrick Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Aliso Sudol Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Christina Applegate Bad Moms

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)

R.I.P. Alan Rickman Best Supporting Actor in 2011 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Best Supporting Actor

Will Poulter The Revenant
Tom Hardy The Revenant
Will Arnett Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Tom Holland Captain America: Civil War
Steven Lynch Don’t Breathe
Parron Oswalt Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Nate Fallows The Mirror
Keegan-Michael Key Keanu
Jack O’Connell Money Monster
Irandhir Santos Aquarius
Greg Kinnear Confirmation
Dwayne Johnson Central Intelligence
Daniel Fripan Der Bunker
Christian McKay The Young Messiah
Andy Devine Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Into the Woods (2014, Disney)

One thing I wanted to do to differentiate my awards from the start was to borrow categories from disparate award shows, Best Cast from the SAG Awards was an obvious starting point. (Pictured the cast of Into the Woods 2014)

Best Cast

 

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
De Boskampi’s
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Bad Moms
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal
O Diabo Mora Aqui
Money Monster
Captain America: Civil War
Don’t Breathe
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates
The Revenant
The Witch
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Note: cast members meriting mention will be included by name when nominations are announced.

In Bloom (2013, Big World Pictures)

Young Actress in a Leading Role honorees have hailed from America, Canada, Georgia (Lika Babulani, prictured), Italy, and Australia.

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Insufficient qualifiers for a shortlist. Nominees announced on January 2nd.

All the Wilderness (2014, Screen Media Films)

Kodi Smit-McPhee has earned four nominations and two wins in Youth categories. Fortunately for his colleagues, he’s aged out of these categories now.

 

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Adam Greaves-Neal The Young Messiah
Art Parkinson Kubo and the Two Strings
Colin Critchley Legends of the Hidden Temple
Daniel Huttlestone London Town
Davis Cleveland Rufus
Gabriel Bateman Lights Out
Griffin Gluck Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat Theeb
Neel Sethi The Jungle Book
Oakes Fegley Pete’s Dragon
Oskar Dietz Antboy 3
Thor Braun Die Boskampi’s

 

We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Elle Fanning helped kick off parity among youth an adult categories earning an award as both Best Actress (Super 8)

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Note: Insufficient qualifiers for a shortlist. Nominees announced on January 2nd.

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Billy Unger’s performance in You Again was pivotal in my working toward four categories for young actors.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Thomas Barbusca Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Samuel Ting Graf Antboy 3
Rick Lens De Boskampi’s
Jace Norman Rufus
Isaiah Tootoosis The Revenant
Harvey Scrimshaw The Witch
Emjay Anthony Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Albert Tsai Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Jacob Tremblay Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
Emjay Anthony Bad Moms
David Mazouz Incarnate

Best Youth Ensemble

Super 8 (2011, Paramount)

When seeking parity in awards this was the first natural growth for categories I found. The groups of young performers have hailed from many different nations (Denmark, Belgium [twice], Canada, United Kingdom, and the United states [pictured in Super 8]).

Antboy 3
De Boskampi’s
The Young Messiah
Adventures in Babysitting
Legends of the Hidden Temple
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Ouija: The Origin of Evil
Bad Moms
The BFG
The Conjuring 2

Note: cast members meriting mention will be included by name when nominations are announced.

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The first page of Locke by Stephen Knight winner of Best Original Screenplay in 2014.

Best Original Screenplay

Kleber Mendoça Filho Aquarius
Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, and Jim Kouf Money Monster
Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues Don’t Breathe
J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
James DeMonaco The Purge: Election Year
Robert Eggers The Witch
Nikia Chryssos Der Bunker
Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse and Bob Peterson, and Angus MacLane Finding Dory
Marc Haimes and Chris Butler, and Shannon Tindel Kubo and the Two Strings
Byron Howard & Rich Moore & Jared Bush & Jim Reardon & Josie Trinidad & Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, and Jared Bush Zootopia

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The opening of Contact (1997)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Stephen Borwn, Zach Hyatt, Alex J. Reid, David G. Stanley, Scott A. Sloane, and Johnny Umansky Legends of the Hidden Temple
Ransom Riggs and Jane Goldman Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and Mark Millar Captain America: Civil War
David Lowery & Toby Halbrooks, Malcolm Marmorstein, Seton I. Miller, and S.S. Field Pete’s Dragon
Justin Marks and Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book
Mark L. Smith & Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Michael Punke The Revenant
Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, John Knoll and Gary Whitta, George Lucas Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Anders Ølholm and Kenneth Bøgh Andersen Antboy 3
Anne Rice, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, and Cyrus Nowrastweh The Young Messiah

Above is one of the easiest award decisions I ever had.

Best Score

 

Nathan Whitehead The Purge: Election Year
Mogwai, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gabriel Satolalla Before the Flood
Michael Giacchino Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Mark Korven The Witch
John Debney The Young Messiah
John Debney The Jungle Book
Jerry Lane Theeb
James Newton Howard Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Dominic Lewis Money Monster
Dario Marianelli Kubo and the Two Strings 
Daniel Hart Pete’s Dragon
Andrew Lockington Incarnate

Note: The above scores are all available on Spotify. I have curated a playlist here.

 

It’s not necessary to have quick smash-cutting travel montages to be up for Best Editing, but it doesn’t hurt.

Best Editing

Nominees only, no public shortlist.

If possible I’ll try an find a clip for this year’s winner as it is the most effective way t demonstrate why a given film won.

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Nominees only, no public shortlist.

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Two films shot in black and white have won Best Cinematography. The first being Mother Night at the 1996 awards.

Best Cinematography

Wolfgang Thaler Theeb
Pedro Luque Don’t Breathe
Pedro Sotero and Fabricio Tadeu Aquarius
Joel Ransom The Young Messiah
Jarin Blascke The Witch
Greig Fraser Rogue One
Frank Passingham Kubo and the Two Strings
Emmanuel Lubezki The Revenant
Bill Pope The Jungle Book
Antonio Rossi Before the Flood
Andy Patch The River Thief

Is Anybody There? (2008, Magnolia Pictures)

It doesn’t have to be a work of fantasy or science fiction to be considered in this category as Is Anybody There? shows.

Best Art Direction

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Revenant
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Legends of the Hidden Temple
O Diabo Mora Aqui
The Jungle Book
Aquarius

 

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Mixing sensibilities and periods always gets my attention.

Best Costume Design

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
The Revenant
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Star Trek Beyond
Antboy 3
Captain America: Civil War
Der Bunker

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2011)

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is one of many examples that prove horror films can win Best Makeup at the BAM Awards.

Best Makeup

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Revenant
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Star Trek Beyond
X-Men Apocalypse
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal The Movie

 

Independence Day (1996, 20th Century Fox)

20 years after the White House blew up in Independence Day and won the first Visual Effects Award. 20 Years later, Donald Trump is snubbed in the same category as his winning the election was deemed more a mass hallucination. For more serious political commentary go here. #ShamelessSelfPromotion

Best Visual Effects

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Captain America: Civil War
Pete’s Dragon
The Jungle Book
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Kubo and the Two Strings
Star Trek Beyond

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Ludivine Sagnier and Virginie Ledoyen in 8 Femmes won the first Best Song Award, establishing a precedent of the songs not necessarily needing to be “original.” 2016’s shortlist includes covers as well

Best Song

“The Dragon Song” Pete’s Dragon
“I’m So Humble” Popstar
“Equal Rights” Popstar
“Turn Up the Beef” Popstar
“Finest (Bin Laden Song)” Popstar
“Mona Lisa” Popstar
“Hunter the Hunter is Gon’ Eat” Popstar
“Should I Move?” Popstar
“Two Banditos” Popstar
“Things in My Jeep” Popstar
“Ashley Wednesday” Popstar
“Donkey Roll” Popstar
“Ibitha” Popstar
“Incredible Thoughts” Popstars
“Karate Guy” Popstar
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” Trolls
“Hello” Trolls
“I Wan’na Be Like You” The Jungle Book
“Trust in Me” The Jungle Book
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Kubo and the Two Strings
“Mafia Twist” De Boskampi’s
“Bare Necessities” The Jungle Book

Chloe Grace Moretz (Don Flood)

Chloë Grace Moretz in 2012 was the youngest recipient of the Entertainer of the Year Award (15).

Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

To be announced.

 

 

Into The Woods (2014, Disney)

Meryl Streep was the first female honoree in this category in 2014.

 

 

Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced.

 

Vincent Price

Vincent Price was the first to win the award that was designed to honor one whose notoriety and visibility has increased since their death.

Neutron Star Award

To be announced.

The Exorcist (1973, Warner Bros.)

The Exorcist was one of the first two films to receive a Special Jury prize in recognition of its brilliantly successful re-release in 2000.

Special Jury Award(s)

To be announced.

2015 Neutron Star Award: Dickie Moore

Introduction

OK, so what is the Neutron Star Award? As I watched older selections through the year, I was frequently compelled to pick a film based on the fact that Vincent Price was in it. When I was younger I was very actor-oriented, more so than with directors. The fact that an actor had that kind of draw, and was one who is sadly no longer with us, made me think there had to be some kind of way I could honor them.

2015: Dickie Moore

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Here’s one I thought I wasn’t going to hand out this year.

However, even though I knew Dickie Moore from things like The Little Rascals, Oliver Twist, The Word Accuses, Three on a Match, and saw him in a few titles this year; I thought his star couldn’t grow to me – matching the definition of a neutron star – a star bigger after its death. However, after his passing I started to realize he would fit.

Blonde Venus (1932, Paramount)

In April I covered a movie he was in for the Pre-Code Blogathon, Blonde Venus.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (1984, Harper & Row)

For the Summer Reading Classic Film Challenge I covered his book Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, which is a bittersweet-at-best account of the early days of child stardom, which includes the perspective of many young stars (himself included) from the early days of sound when he caught up with them again in the 1980s.

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Then less than a month later he passed away at the age of 89. One of the better obits I read was this one.

Bogged down with other things I didn’t eulogize him at the time. I believe the one I did for Wes Craven was the only one this year.

There is precedent for the recipient dying in the year he was awarded.

Miss Annie Rooney (1942, RKO)

So, while there will not be Film Discoveries like there was for 2013 (Miss Annie Rooney and The World Accusses) for Moore this year, his TCM homage is taking up much of my DVR with many titles I was hoping to have seen for quite some time.

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So 2016 and beyond will likely feature more of his films. No one perfectly captures all of film’s past as they learn to love and fully embrace the art. For as much as you learn and know about technique and production there is a tendentiousness to things, and everyone develops personal favorites and preferences. Some films and people are inarguably greats, or talented if their films don’t happen to reach you on a visceral level.

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Despite the fact that he may not have been a Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney or a Freddie Bartholomew; Dickie Moore is one of my favorites. He was undoubtedly a star in his own right, he was just surrounded by many of them in a crowded system. I look forward to getting to know more of his films that remain with us though he may be gone from this world.

RIP.

2015 BAM Special Jury Award

A Statement of Explanation and a Mea Culpa

One plan I had this year was to discuss the BAM Awards’ past, which I may do. It’s a way to self-examine, look at oddities, and acknowledge past triumphs and errors.

When acting as a committee of one, you may wonder what’s the point of a Jury Award. It’s really because somethings that should be considered or rewarded don’t fit into categories, and on occasion, like this to acknowledge a film where you couldn’t – even if in error.

I’ve had them infrequently for a while, and learned later that Ebert did them on his best of the year lists. Quite frankly, this one is to acknowledge an unforgivable bookkeeping error. The system will improve for 2016.

Stranger (2015, Tursunov Film)

As you can see here, I love Stranger (Zhat). Somehow, it was on my Letterboxd but didn’t enter my offline BAM lists and a later, second braincramp kept it out of consideration. So the Special Jury Award becomes my salvation. Below I will cite its best aspects, and rest assured it will be on my top films of the year list, which starts soon.

Be that as it may its a richly deserving film that I will gladly champion and I hope it sees  US distribution.

The Award

Stranger (2015, Tursunov Film)

This is a Special Jury Award Commending Stranger (Zhat) for:

Yermek Tursunov for writing and directing;
Murat Aliyev for his lush, layered cinematography;
Nurgali Nugman and Erzhan Nurymbet for magnetically portraying Ilya at many ages;
as an overlooked film;
and, finally, in recognition of its being one of the finest films of 2015.

2015 Robert Downey, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year: Will Ferrell

Introduction

This award is one I will present annually to the actor, writer, director or any combination thereof who has in my estimation the best year. The only real criteria is that they have multiple credits. The credits can be two responsibilities on the same film or more than one film. The idea came to me based on Robert Downey, Jr.’s incredible 2008. He was the first winner and the name stuck.

2015 Entertainer of the Year: Will Ferrell

Sometimes it’s next to impossible to pick this award and not confuse it with a Lifetime Achievement award. Though the main difference is, even though this is also a body-of-work trophy it’s awarded for a year’s work irrespective of the accomplishments made in prior years.

Yes, Will Ferrell has been at it longer than many of us care to realize right now and I’ve been a fan for quite some time and think he has had very few misses along the way. However, this year there was a lot of stuff, all throughout the year, and it was all hilarious; at least his involvement was.

I like to be inclusive of comedy, and horror, and any other genres the awards generally disregard, so those are just some reasons this funny man is honored this year. Now, for some more specifics about his 2015….

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First, there was Get Hard, as with any projects he does with Adam McKay behind the scenes there is silliness and farce in equal measure. There’s much topical humor about the world of high finance aside from broad generalizations and stereotypes exploited for comedic value.

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A Deadly Adoption really should have sealed it any, but these awards are ones that kind of occur to me rather than being ones that I consciously plot more often than not. First, this film was a secret project. It was then a surprise announcement as a Lifetime Movie mocking Lifetime Movies, mysteriously pulled from its premiere then rescheduled. It then received a drubbing from those not prepared for the film’s tongue-so-firmly-planted-in-cheek. Will McKinley’s take on it echoes my sentiments on it perfectly. It’s very effective, funny when the absurdity hits you with its subtlety and marks the 2nd straight year a TV film has been included in the BAM Awards.

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Ferrell Takes the Field is Ferrell taking his love of baseball to a hilarious extreme to help a charity, create a documentary and promote the MLB by making appearances at 10 positions in real Spring Training games. It aired on HBO and is well worth your time if you like him or baseball or both.

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Shortly after that I discovered that perhaps his most hilariously insane character Orson Welles caricature (my reading) Eric Jonrosh had The Spoils Before Dying on IFC. I was able to stream the first two so far. It doesn’t start as strongly as The Spoils of Babylon but he’s as funny as ever.

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Then came Daddy’s Home, a re-teaming with Mark Wahlberg and a return to more family-friendly fare where he’s more successful than most comedians.

The cherry on top of his 2015 was his unannounced return to SNL in a recent cold open as Dubya.

Clearly it was a great year for him, and one thing Wahlberg said in his junket/circuit interviews was true, to paraphrase he said “His comedy doesn’t come from a dark place, he just genuinely wants to me make people laugh,” and in 2015 he made me laugh quite a lot.