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.

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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.

 

2015 Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award: Max von Sydow

Introduction

This award is named after Bergman because when I was set to establish an award of its type his last film blew me away and was nominated for many awards. The idea then is that it’s not a parting shot but rather recognition of someone still very much at the top after many, many years.

2015 Max von Sydow

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I like these awards to come around almost by osmosis. I considered another way for Bergman-connected people: like Liv Ullmann, unfortunately I did not see her most recent film (as director).

It seemed like a stretch to pick Max von Sydow, as someone active this year only in the very beginning of the new Star Wars, but as I thought about it it started making more and more sense. He’s been considered before and was part of a BAM-nominated cast this year.

In the future, he will be the human embodiment of Bran’s raven on Game of Thrones.

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He has connections with other liftetime winners: He co-Starred with Werner Herzog in What Dreams May Come, was in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, 14 feature films with Ingmar Bergman himself and Best Intentions based on Bergman’s novel, Sleepless with Dario Argento, and Minority Report with Steven Spielberg.

In a year with another sub-par Bond, it made me long for old Bond films and von Sydow was Blofeld in Never Say Never Again.

Considering that Robin Williams passed well before his time, and the seemingly-immortal Christopher Lee did as well, it’s not too late but about time to honor Max von Sydow. He clearly has well-earned longevity of his career on his side with credits in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s; in other words consecutive decades. He’s 86 years old, and debuted at 22 in Miss Julie (1951).

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He was Oscar nominated in 1989 and 2012 (most recently for Extremely loud and Incredibly Close), Golden Globes in 1967 and 1974, Emmy in 1990.

Yet more impressive are his list of credits I’ve not even mentioned yet.

  • Shutter Island
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Leland Gaunt in Needful Things; perfection of casting imperfection of adaptation
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Pelle the Conqueror
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Flash Gordon

He went from something like Winter Light to playing Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told to being Father Merrin in The Exorcist.

His credits are multi-lingual.

Even the blind spots I have with him are well-regarded:

  • Tudors
  • Dune
  • Dreamscape
  • Ice Pirates
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • Steppenwolf
  • New Land
  • Emigrants

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His voice has even featured in games like Skyrim and Ghostbusters.

When I discovered he was going to be on Game of Thrones my reaction was simply “Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow,” which was frequently how I reacted to his performances.

Max von Sydow is a true living legend.

 

2015 BAM Awards

Hello All,

So another year passes at the BAM Awards. Just a few quick reminders on procedure.

  1. The nominations are what I belabor more than the honorees. I will try and give each performance or film its due in my write-up.
  2. Only films I’ve personally viewed are eligible.
  3. I will be updating this list LIVE. Category-by-category as the decisions are announced one-by-one. Check back early and often. Bottom line: it’s cooler to live-blog the honorees because it’s like a real award show, and it’s also a necessary because my schedule is a bit unpredictable today.
  4. Lastly, I welcome your comments and opinions on nominees and the honorees but the decision in the end is mine alone. If my choices bother you that much WordPress is free, you can pick your own winners.

Without further ado, the awards (in reverse order of the nomination field).

First up…

Best Soundtrack

This category is back owing its resuscitation to strong soundtracks in recent years such as Warm Bodies.

Nominees

All the Wilderness
Big In Japan
Bloody Knuckles
Metalhead

Ten Thousand Saints

Big in Japan is not a feature-length ad for Tennis Pro but an interesting look at a subculture of bands more popular abroad than in their home country. Their stuff is really catchy so they end up here. Listen to it on Spotify.

Bloody Knuckles has good source music throughout but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the first song selected has much to do with their nomination.

Metalhead being about mostly death metal and set in Iceland has much quality source music.

However, the two standouts use music to establish tone and setting for their films.

Ten Thousand Saints goes into the underground punk scene in 1980s New York, in source music and plot.

However,

the Awards goes to

All the Wilderness (2014, Screen Media Films)

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Jónsi and Alex are a bulk of the sourced music and it works brilliantly and everything selected for this film seems like it was written for the film rather than hand-selected. It’s teenager like in its mixtape aptitude, which is very appropriate seeing as how this is a coming-of-age story.

Best Song

Best Song is one I track with parenthesis around the word original. It doesn’t have to be written for the movie, that’s hard to prove anyway. So here are the songs that not only stood out musically and mattered to the film. 

“Lord Knows/ Fighting Stronger” Meek Mill, Jhene Alko, Ludwig Goransson Creed
“Gruss vom Krampus/ Krampus Karol of the Bells” Bree Olinda High School Singers Krampus
“Svarthamar” Petúr Ben Metalhead
“Wrecking Ball” Seth Rogen and Miley Cyrus The Night Before
“Kiss from a Rose” Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins Vacation

What this usually comes down to is how functional the song is in the plot of the film. As great as Krapus’ song is, it is in the credits. As good as the medley in Creed is it merely accompanies a montage. The last three are showstopping numbers that are also functions of their protagonist(s).

The award goes to…

Metalhead (2013, Cinelicious Pics)

“Svarthamar” Petúr Ben Metalhead

However, aside from being a great song “Svathamar” is a massive plot point in metal head and the apex of the film. Therefore, it’s an easy winner.

Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects is getting tougher to gauge because it’s not just for show anymore but about making the impossible not just possible but practical. So how do these nominees stack up?

Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Ex Machina’s making a robot human was impressive but wasn’t something heretofore unseen and not necessarily a groundbreaking treatment of a visual motif like Gravity was.

Jurassic World wasn’t perfect, but there is some color grading to blame for that and there were practicals there too. Sometimes but not enough.

Mission ImpossibleStar Wars, and Mad Max are the best blend of effects and real elements of the three.

Mission Impossible created sets but even knowing that the feats weren’t as impressive.

It was great to see Star Wars do what Star Wars does, especially in a more old school way, but that’s still a high bar but not one they necessarily raised for themselves.

What was new was, and the Award goes to…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Yes, much of it was practical. However, there were effects. It’s harder to notice because of all the practical stuff, but it is all a brilliantly strung together vision.

Best Makeup

I don’t always pick a horror film but I do tend to go with one for this award because: I love them and they tend to rely heavily on practical make-up. Still. For now anyway.

The nominees are…

Creed
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mr. Holmes
Sinister II
We Are Still Here

Creed does great work selling you on in-fight injuries.

Mad Max‘s madcap makeup is just another tool used in building its world.

Mr. Holmes brilliantly conveys two ages of the iconic character as well as the raves of dementia on the body.

But the award goes to…

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We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here uses its make up to be evocative and strike fear, and succeeds wonderfully.

While I think it does juggle the ball a little toward the end it still hinges on the effectiveness of make-up work.

Best Art Direction

Art Direction is clearly important as it has one of the most direct impacts on the mise-en-scène of a film. It’s usually one of my most excruciating decisions, and this year is no different; it was the last decision made. 

The nominees are…

Cinderella
Krampus
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sinister II

In this situation it’s not about Star Wars being Star Wars. In certain ways The Force Awakens does things better in this department than an other episode, it’s just the others in this category did it better.

Sinister II and Krampus both want to achieve horror in their settings but Krampus seeks more and gets it.

Therefore, it’s a three horse race.

Krampus does some great things in fantasy terms and with a homebound setting and truly creates a world.

Cinderella uses tremendous set pieces and locations and makes opulence gorgeous to look at rather than ostentatious and offensive in a nearly Old Hollywood way.

Then Mad Max makes the Australian outback look otherworldy with real and practical effects.

There were small glimpses of: a world beyond and other houses in Krampus, poverty in Cinderella, and lushness in Mad Max.

 

Two of these films hearken back to an older era of Hollywood films, but the one that provided the most surprises is the recipient here…

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Krampus

There’s world-building in any film but there are glimpses of worlds here, and locations that speak and breathe, and a few surprising choices that will not be spoiled here that clinch it for this film.

Best Costume Design

One way in which I treat Art Direction and this category in similar fashion is that films that films that feature disparate time-periods or styles have an advantage. However, it all usually comes down not only to intangible aesthetics but also how well those costumes contribute to the story telling.

The nominees are…

Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Crimson Peak
Jupiter Ascending
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

One thing these awards prove is that I do compartmentalize, and because just because a movie doesn’t work overall (i.e. Jupiter Ascending and Crimson Peak) doesn’t mean one can’t appreciate an aspect or performance therein.

One thing that Star Wars changed that those harping on similarities to its progenitor miss is that they did mix up the costuming a bit and bring new ideas to that universe. However, two cinematic universes proved stronger…

Better than the first film around the Antboy films are the best superhero films you’re not (probably) not watching, and if the last film is an indicator the3rd will be even better.

However, the award goes to…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Not only does this film paint its world nearly impeccably but it also has within it cultural icons in the making, Furiosa being among them and her costume being a big reason why.

Best Cinematography

Pictures. Pictures that move and are moving, that don’t disorient but mesmerize, that tell a story be it beautiful or ugly compellingly and gorgeously. These are the films that told their stories best visually and looked beautiful doing it. 

The nominees are…

Maryse Alberti Creed
Nikolas Karakatsanis Cub
Adam Newport-Berra All the Wilderness
Marius Panduru Aferim!
John Seale Mad Max: Fury Road

Creed‘s single-takes alone made it worthy of inclusion but it’s in for more than that.

Cub making horror in the woods is not as easy as it sounds, making horror look this majestic.

All the Wilderness explodes in gorgeous sunlight-dappled scenes, well-saturated colored-monotone, and high contrast shots.

Aferim! is the finest example of glorious black-and-white of the year.

However…

The award goes to…

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John Seale Mad Max: Fury Road

Action doesn’t mean the camera has to do too much, the edit can work. The moves can be precise, the framing precise and balanced. The color here is blissfully deep, and in a world that bleak it’s a necessary antidote. Every single frame is glorious.

Sound Editing/Mixing

As mentioned in the past Editing and Mixing sound are two distinct disciplines and arts. I am not trained enough to parse them out. Not only that but even the Academy Awards tend to award the same film for both, albeit they honor different artists.  So here are…

The nominees

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jurassic World
Krampus
Sinister II
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There is much of the similar artistry in Star Wars and Jurassic World that have been evident throughout the series. The biggest difference was creating new characters like the Indominus Rex and BB-8.

Sinister II and Krampus have similar jobs at hand as the job of the soundscape is mostly to frighten, and about as pivotal as the other nominees, but it doesn’t quite reach the heights of this film.

And the Award goes to…

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Mad Max: Fury Road

 

The silence speaks volumes, as does the ambience. The home watch can be more detail-oriented listening: the engines roar, the guitars wail and the beat doesn’t stop.

Best Editing

Editing is far too often miscategorized as a technical award. It is an art. It’s an art that requires a high degree of technique and technical proficiency but an art nonetheless. It’s often referred to as the third time you make a film (the first two being writing and principal photography). It’s the last time you make the film and maybe the most important.

The nominees are..

John-Michael Powell All the Wilderness
Claudia Castelo and Michael P. Shawver Creed
Douglas Crise and Billy Fox Dark Places
Cecilia Zanuso Human Capital
Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road

Human Capital‘s elliptical structure is not just a feat of the script but also one of mise-en-scène and the edit. It should be noted and applauded.

Dark Places similarly has many flashbacks and pushes stories forward on multiple plains to a similar end.

Creed is one of many films that dispels the erroneous notion that there’s less aptitude in editing needed when several long takes are used. It’s a job brilliantly done, and it really hums.

The more lousy films you see the more you realize that running time and pace are not the same. All the Wilderness is a short film but it moves and is moving throughout and there’s hardly an ounce of fat on it.

But one film stands tall..

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Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road

Walter Murch wrote a book called In the Blink of an Eye. It’s his treatise on editing and his theory about how unconscious things like blinking can help dictate cut-points. Were Margaret Sixel to write a book on editing it  should write Joining Dreams. In British English you do not cut film, you join it . Thus, the name indicates that her editing (joining) of dream-like imagery is some of the best I’ve seen. Exemplary.

Best Score

This is one of the harder ones to judge because sometimes it’s best to go on what stuck out as separating the music from the image can be a bit misleading as you are removing part of what made it work for you – the narrative synchronicity, the spotting of it.

The nominees are…

Steve Moore Cub
Hauschka Futuro Beach
Weigel and Meirmans Life According to Nino
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomandandy Sinister II

Cub is a great ode to Gialli and Italian Horror scores that’s worth a listen.
Hauschka’s Futuro Beach score is memorable but hard to find online. I got a trailer as my only reminder. The film should be seen anyway.

Life According to Nino and Sinister II create brilliant an appropriate ambience appropriate to their films but they’re not quite good enough…

And the Award goes to…

FURY ROAD

Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Mad Max: Fury Road

Music is one of several intrinsic pieces to the film. When there is a guitar geek credited you know music plays an intricate role even if it’s not about music. Furthermore, it makes the music almost wholly organic, and my word, is it pulse-pounding.

Best Adapted Screenplay

It’s often said that adapting material into a screenplay has to be treated like an original, but that’s kind of like a way to get started. There are differences and different things to consider. Here are the Adapted Screenplay nominees who faced disparate challenges…

Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu Aferim!
Gilles Paquette-Brenner and Gillian Flynn 
Dark Places
Paolo Virzì, Francesco Bruni, Francesco Piccolo and Stephen Amidon Human Capital
Paul King, Hamish McColl and Michael Bond Paddington
Jeffrey Hatcher, and Mitch Cullin and Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. Holmes

Paddington does the unlikely of capturing the spirit of a piece without being a literal adaptation.

Mr. Holmes is a creative spin on the unexamined life of the unexplored portion of a popular character’s life.

Human Capital’s structure and subtextual commentaries are nearly impeccable.

Dark Places does so in a similar manner.

However, there is one film that not only brings its source material brilliantly to life but also culls from myriad sources and paints not only a personal, humorous, loving albeit sardonic portrait of an individual but also one of a people, place and time…

The Awards goes to…

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Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu Aferim!

Aferim! is a portrait of the Szgany people of Romania. A tale of one man taken from the accounts of many and brilliantly done.

Best Original Screenplay

One thing that’s always interesting about trying to formulate these categories is trying to parse original an adapted screenplays. I don’t wait for the Academy to rule, or necessarily go by the credits or what the WGA says. Therefore, you’ll see Mad Max below when it’ll probably be considered for Adapted at the Oscars. Anyway, without further ado…

The nominees are…

David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer Charlie’s Country
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg Lefauve and Josh Cooley Inside Out
Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields Krampus
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Mad Max: Fury Road
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Charlie’s Country is and unorthodox and brilliant tale of an an aborigine man struggling to hold on to his land, his life and his heritage.

Inside Out is simply put Pixar at its best and really intelligently down.

Still is a compelling, layered and evocative drama.

Mad Max is a futuristic parable that relies heavily on its images to build its myth.

However, the award goes to…

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Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields Krampus

There’s so much this film does it’s not a wonder to see many names attached to the script, that and that’s how screenplays often work anyway. There’s a legend to build, laughs to deliver, and horror tropes to be brilliantly inserted. None are easy all accomplished easily in timely fashion and at times simultaneously.

Best Youth Ensemble

It was apropos to mention last year and this year that the world of television is not entirely excluded from these awards. Usually, TV movies and specials have been included in the negative categories of the awards but last year and this year it’s a good thing. A few years ago it finally occurred to me to finally give young performers all the same categories their adult counterparts get. So here goes…

The nominees are..

Oscar Dietz, Samuel Ting Graf, Astris Juncher-Benzon, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Marcus Jess Petersson, Johannes Jeffries Sørensen and Hectores Brøgger Andersen Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Lino Facioli, Muri Grossi, Ravi Hood and Giovanna Rispoli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Maurice Lutjien, Gill Eeckelaert, Noah Tambwe Kabati, Ricko Otto, Louis Lemmens, Tomas de Smet, Pieter de Brabandere, Jessie Tweepenninckx, Isah De Zutter, Hauke Geirnaert, Ebe Meynckens, Ymanol Perset and Nabil Missoumi Cub
Mace Coronel, Casey Simpson, Aidan Gallagher, Lizzy Greene, Jace Norman, Sean Ryan Fox, Ella Anderson, Riele Downs, Brec Bassinger, Jackie Radinsky, Coy Stewart, Buddy Handleson, Maya Leclark, Thomas Kuc, Rio Mangini, Isabella Moner, Cree Cicchino, Madisyn Shipman, Benjamin Flores, Jr., Diego Velazquez, Addison Riecke, Lilimar, Owen Joyner, Jaheem Toombs, et al. Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lucas Jade Zumann, Jade Klein, Laila Haley, Caden Marshall Fritz, Olivia Rainey, Grace Holuby, Victoria Leigh Morales, Nico Cruea and Alex Ludwig Sinister II

The first time I awarded this category there was an unusual split between the Best Cast  (The White Ribbon) and Best Youth Ensemble (Nanny McPhee Returns). I explained it by using a sports analogy. The cast was a team the Youth Ensemble was a unit of the team like the defense or the bullpen. Sports analogies will work here again as I kind of compared casts and had them play-off seeing which was deepest of the two and moving on.

Is there a weak link in Antboy? No. O Menino no Espelho? Not especially but Antboy is a bigger deeper cast.

Kudos to the eliminated: The Boy in the Mirror (Portuguese title above) is really good and should have seen US distribution.Lino Facioli best known for Game of Thrones is fantastic in it.

Antboy vs. Cub. The Cub cast is big, but how many make an impact? 3 or 4; advantage Antboy.

Kudos to the eliminated: Cub is an epic horror tale and these kids make it.

Antboy vs. Sinister II. How about we consider nominations now? Tie 2-2; only All the Wilderness and Secrets of War had two but their ensembles weren’t big enough.

Antboy standouts: 6; Sinister II 4 or 5. Advantage Antboy.

Kudos to the eliminated: There are standouts and nominees in Sinister II. It’s the kids’ story, they need to be great for it to work and it did.

Antboy vs. Ho Ho Holiday Special

If Nickelodeon parades their stars out anew, I will gladly watch and I’m sure it’ll be great because they’re stable of talent right now is wonderful, the best and deepest they’ve yet had, but ultimately (last sports analogy of this explanation) a fairly deep bench will not beat a starting line-up that is just that good.

The award goes to…

Antboy 2: The Revenge of the Red Fury

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

It seems obligatory to say how hard these categories were but it is true especially with the young performers it seems to get more difficult every year.

The nominees are…

Toby Bisson William’s Lullaby
Joes Brauers Secrets of War
Dartanian Sloan Sinister II
Ty Simpkins Jurassic World
Steele Stebbins Vacation
Lucas Jade Zumann Sinister II

The kids from Sinister II got their notice in my review and it still holds true. They did great.

Dartanian on the other hand inhabits the role of bully and can strike fear, and causes shock in the blink of an eye.

And

Lucas Jade Zumann as Milo who delivers the most hypnotically serpentine performance by a young actor since Frank Dillane in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Steele Stebbins, as indicated by his turn in A Haunted House 2, is perfect as the bullying younger brother, and hilarious.

My review of William’s Lullaby discusses Toby Bisson’s deserving this honor despite his very young age.

Toby Bisson deals with material far more difficult than most young actors his age are asked to deal with and does so with near-prodigious ability.

Joes Brauers in Secrets of War despite being a supporting player is the standout performance.

The Award goes to…

 

Jurassic World (2015, Universal)

Ty Simpkins Jurassic World 

My massive tome on Jurassic World this summer pretty much said it all:

Gray is a character who is a necessity to the film, a kid who knows dinosaurs […] Simpkins brings out genuine enthusiasm, authoritative knowledge[…]

Following Simpkins’ last blockbuster go-around (Iron Man 3) this is a natural progression for him as an actor as he aids in bringing the wonder, joy, and fear to the audience.

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

While compiling the nominations here, and sadly for the leads, was a bit easier picking a winner was not.

The nominees are…

Alyvia Alyn Lind A Deadly Adoption
Isabelle Fuhrman All the Wilderness
Astris Juncher-Benzon Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Claudia Kanne T.I.M.
Mia Xitali Max

I could waste many words defending A Deadly Adoption but Alyvia Alyn-Lind is much of why it works.

Astris Juncher-Benzon plays a great counterpart to Oscar Dietz’ Antboy.

Claudia Kanne embodies the love-hate relationship that the protagonist has with her.

Mia Xitali steals every scene in Max she’s in.

But the award goes to…

All the Wilderness (2014, Screen Media Films)

Isabelle Fuhrman All The Wilderness

The counterpart Kodi Smit-McPhee’s character needed played to tee. Consistently locked-in and troubled in a different way than Smit’s character Fuhrman is one of twin towers of this film that holds it up and makes it so strong.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

I may not have chosen the best way to preserve the drama of these winners, and this one will be my worst effort in that regard for the way I have to go about talking about it. 

The Nominees are…

Emjay Anthony Krampus
Ed Oxenbould The Visit
Levi Miller Pan
Kodi Smit-McPhee All the Wilderness
Rohan Timmermans Life According to Nino
Jakob Salvati Little Boy

If there was not such brilliant work by young actors in 2015 then Kodi Smit-McPhee easily could’ve had three nominations, and though he still deserved three because he’s so prodigious; I decided I had to share the wealth and there were other performances I could not ignore.

Jakob Salvati delivered perhaps the best performance I’ve seen by a child his age (seven when the film was made).

Rohan Timmermans made himself a name to keep an eye on in Dutch cinema with his commanding performance.

Levi Miller had an astonishing debut as Pan.

Ed Oxenbould is a young actor who may just be scratching the surface of his talents at the moment and is marvelous in The Visit. 

And Emjay Anthony encapsulates holiday frustrations of a child doubting his faith in Santa, Christmas, and people.

But as you guessed the award goes to…

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Kodi-Smit McPhee All the Wilderness

Don’t worry, kids, he’s graduating from this category! Watch out everyone else because he has such mastery already.

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role 

When girls and women don’t get nearly the amount of roles boys and men do at least they can be really good, and these are. 

The nominees are…

Pippa Allen Secrets of War
Isabella Blake-Thomas Little Glory
Mia Helene Solberg Brekke Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Raffey Cassidy Tomorrowland
Olivia DeJonge The Visit
Amalie Kruse Jensen Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury

Pippa Allen finds herself torn in Secrets of War and does very well paired with both boys.

Isabella Blake-Thomas is a revelation in Little Glory.

To use the cliché, Mia Helene Solberg Brekke is the heart and soul of her film.

And Amalie Kruse Jensen is not just a sidekick.

The award goes to…

The Visit (2015, Universal)

Olivia Dejonge The Visit

My post on The Visit tells you why:

It excels mostly because Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould are both inordinately exceptional and achieve the unique tricks of appearing natural as if the camera is just rolling, being believably awkward when the moment demands it, and also entirely inhabiting their characters.

[…]DeJonge’s interpretation of Becca is that of clearly intelligent girl without a note of falsity or petulance, heartbreaking in her embittered memories of her father. These two are really the glue that holds the film together.

Best Cast

This one is always complicated and time-consuming. It’s not only so because of the decision-making but also because I want to hunt down all the names I can find to give as many cast members credit as I can. 

The nominees are…

Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Guglielmo Pinelli, Fabrizio Gifuni , Gigio Alberti, Valeria Golino , Silvia Cohen, Luigi Lo Cascio, etc. Human Capital
Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies, Jack Davenport, Alex Nikolov, Samantha Womack, Mark Hamill, Sofia Boutella , Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton, etc. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler, etc. Krampus
Tim Downie, Madeleine Worrall, Lottie Steer, Geoffrey Palmer, Theresa Watson, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Michael Bond, Matt Lucas, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, etc. Paddington
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew, Gwendoline Christie, Simon Pegg, Warwick Davis, Iko Uwais, Judah Friedlander, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Hader, Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, etc. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

All these casts are great, strong and deep, but only one did I find no fault with at all. Not one.

Krampus

Best Supporting Actor

This one was unusually difficult and not like I expected it to be. 

The nominees are…

Joel Edgerton The Gift
Skyler Gisondo Vacation
Burghart Klaußner 13 Minutes
Sonny Young Still
Sylvester Stallone Creed

There are two young bucks here, two veterans, and one jack-of-many-trades seemingly entering the prime of his career.

Youth ought not preclude a nomination as was evidenced last year. The parity among the youth and the veterans is great but that middle-ground of roles deserves representation also, and they get it here.

Comedy also need not be ignored as evidenced by Gisondo’s nomination.

One of the more visceral checklist items for nominations are “my god he’s incredible in this” being a thought that runs through your mind. That thought occurred to me especially in three performances: Klaßner’s (though that was more about the fact that it wasn’t just The White Ribbon), Young’s and Stallone’s.

The two most powerful were Stallone and Young.

And the award goes to…

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Sonny Young Still

He’s such a testament to the movie and does such a 180 that it’s impossible to deny him the honor.

Best Supporting Actress

Supporting actor awards are about presence, and presence on film in this capacity is about looming larger than the part you play.

The nominees are…

Louise Bourgoin The Nun
Soufia Issami Traitors
Virginia Madsen All the Wilderness
Fabiula Nascimento A Wolf at the Door
Phylicia Rashad Creed

All these ladies are marvelous. However, there is one who looms largest.

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Louise Bourgoin The Nun

Bourgoin’s presence in this film is titanic.

Best Actor

This is perhaps the most diverse group of nominees yet and their roles were differently challenging an compelling in disparate ways. There’s little equal ground to compare them on so on to the nominees…

Christian Friedel 13 Minutes
Aiden Gillen Still
David Gulpilil Charlie’s Country
Michael B. Jordan Creed
Wagner Moura Futuro Beach

And the Award goes to…

Charlie'sCountry (2013, Entertainment One Films)

David Gulpilil Charlie’s Country

If you can hold the screen in silence, and move me to tears likewise; there’s not much more you need to do to clinch the award, but he does so much more.

Best Actress

It’s not just for equality sake that I put Best Actress closer to Best Picture on the rundown, it’s also that these winners are usually harder to pick and more memorable.

The nominees are…

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Human Capital
Pauline Etienne The Nun
Leandra Leal A Wolf at the Door
Maika Monroe It Follows
Julianne Moore Still Alice

If all performances are equally impressive in different way then arc has to be one of the tie-breakers. In which case, Monroe goes 0 to 60 fast and stays there, Tedeschis arc is obscured in the structure of the narrative but is increasingly alienated, vulnerable with her lover and passionate; Leal shows a more duplicitous nature faux-charm, possessive, passionate, psychotic; Moore’s arc is clear and power being a linguist, and highly intellectual and loses her faculties to Alzheimer’s. Etienne plays a victim of circumstances whose faith gets smashed by a hypocritical society and Church establishment.

So it’s really down to Leal, Tedeschi and Moore.

I can’t hold that Moore was part of last year’s Oscar race against her. I, a plebian, did not get to see the film ’til January.

Leal always hid and was convincing, Tedeschi showed facets and was magnetic but the film was not a one woman show – sadly that does sometimes factor in as Charlize Theron’s two brilliant turns this year were snubbed.

However, on a visceral level Moore’s performance also moved me tremendously.

Was the film blindingly brilliant, no; was she? Absolutely.
Yes, films viewed in January can win here. The Awards goes to…

Julianne-Moore-in-Still-Alice

Julianne Moore Still Alice

Best Director

I always feel the need to discuss the possibility of a split, and what that means. I rarely have splits between Best Picture and Best Director and usually, unlike other shows, I tell you why. 

Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen Inside Out
Michael Dougherty Krampus
Rolf de Heer Charlie’s Country
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Paolo Virzì Human Capital

Who the winner is reminded me of this quote:

“I’ve got vision up the butt, so just go with it,” -Jack Black, School of Rock

There’s really one director on this list that that quote adequately describes, and it’s not that it was a blowout, but it’s truest of this man.

And the award goes to.

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-Tom-Hardy-George-Miller

George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road

Most Overlooked Picture

In picking this award lately I have gravitated towards the films without US distribution, this year there is only one film that fits that bill. However, before I discuss that one allow me to give these other films their due.

The nominees are:

13 Minutes
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
All the Wilderness
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Charlie’s Country
Dark Places
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Little Glory
Metalhead

T.I.M.

And the award goes to…

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The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Foreign Film

Truth be told. I usually start creating my top whatever films list with this category in mind, picking that ranking shortcuts my deciding this category.

The nominees are…

13 Minutes
Aferim!
Cool Kids Don’t Cry (Kick It)
Cub
Futuro Beach
Human Capital
Metalhead
Reckless
T.I.M.
The Wolf Behind the Door

And the Award goes to…

Human Capital (2014, Film Movement)

Human Capital

In a film market that seems to, at times, think we can’t have our cake and eat it too this film knows that’s nonsense, and delivers emotion, pathos, and tension while also crafting a story of sociological relevance and leaving the soapbox out of it. It clicks like a film you can maniacally eat popcorn to and just let it wash over you, but invites you dig deeper and think on it long and hard. What more can you ask for?

Before Best Picture there are some important announcements:

  • First, the announcement of Lifetime Achievement, Entertainer of the Year, Neutron Star (if there is one), and Special Jury Award(s) will occur tomorrow January, 10th because time has run short today.
  • Second, changes to this process will be worked on for next year and decided upon ASAP. 

Without further ado…

Best Picture

The nominees…

Bloody Knuckles
Charlie’s Country
Creed
Human Capital
Inside Out
Krampus
Mad Max: Fury Road
Paddington
Slow West
Still

In this decision I’ve vacillated between two disparate pairs of films: Charlie’s Country and Human Capital; and then Krampus and Mad Max: Fury Road. I don’t recall a year where there has been this much among four films. Usually I talk about a clear delineation from the top three to the rest of the best.

So how to break this stalemate?

Mad Max caught me confusing a turning point for the end; Krampus did something similar with less time but it was clear there was going to be something else…

Human Capital never dips but may not be as strong, and does wait until the end title card to explain its title. It’s a powerful moment but unexpected.

Charlie’s Country has a true-to-life Eastern kind of pacing that does not hold it back as it much stories with less power behind it.

As I tried to pick a number one, I really alternated only two of the four titles: Mad Max and Krampus.

And the BAM goes to…..

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Krampus

I saw each twice and liked Krampus more twice.

The two allusions I drew in seeing Krampus were to older films I now consider to be classics, in the standing the test of time way rather than in technique- Gremlins and Home Alone.

The Home Alone similarity is in Emjay Anthony’s rant about families. “I don’t want a new family. I don’t want any family. Families suck!” Kevin McAllister exclaims and his sentiments are similar and drew spontaneous applause in my second viewing.

There’s far more intangible things that it taps into, and that’s where Gremlins comes in: it’s not just the Christmas-set horror comedy aspect, Krampus is the 2015 PG-13 movie equivalent of Gremlins’ hard PG in 1984.

When you’re citing films that are 25 and 31 years old respectively, you know you’re entering rarified air.

Yet, much like Super 8 from a few years ago, it’s not just the Spielbergian-Amblin influence that makes Krampus work.

Krampus is hilarious, it’s very much the zeitgeist for the year of its release but like Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat may have conquered a mandatory viewing slot on a major holiday.

The Krampus is not a new or original creation. However, in the US knowledge of the Krampus and discussion of him has remained underground like he was out of the Necronomicon, or better yet has come to a heightened awareness and popularity many years after his “death” like Lovecraft.

Yet, though the Krampus has featured on quite a few TV shows, the feature film eluded it. Then as with any idea in Hollywood many raced to create a story based around a legend, a mythical figure so rife with potential especially in genre cinema.

Kevin Smith was the first name I heard associated with a Krampus-themed film, but that has yet to come to the fore as he’s developing many other thing. So, it’s a but like the victory that was Ender’s Game or other anticipated adaptations – it’s the realization of a dream except I didn’t know how this movie where this movie was going to go, just that I wanted to see where it went every step of the way.

It was the ideal major motion picture “debut” of this Icon.

It took an old mythology and made it new and vibrant, and like the film it tussled with so violently for the title it intimated of much story aside than what was on screen. Ultimately, I always try to compartmentalize; therefore, it’s not a matter of “Well, Mad Max is amazing and won all these awards therefore it has to win Best Picture.” What the equation really is is: How well did the film in question perform in all categories plus factor in the story and how that played.

Krampus got me and I got in a way no other 2015 release did, bar none. Not even close.

See you all tomorrow for the last few trophies. Congratulations to those nominated who made 2015 a great year in film.

2015 BAM Award Nominations

Hard to believe I’m sitting down to do this for a 20th time, but thems the breaks. Aside from reiterating some things worth remembering, I’ll keep this brief and save the serious typing for next week.

  1. The recipients of awards will be announced on 1/9/2016.
  2. May have made a few mistakes on the shortlist that were corrected below. The nominees are final.
  3. Only films I’ve personally viewed are eligible. A complete list of eligible titles will be posted after the nominees come out.
  4. This, the nominating process, is the most important to me. Enjoy them.
  5. Lastly, I welcome your comments and opinions on nominees and the honorees but the decision in the end is mine alone. If my choices bother you that much WordPress is free, you can pick your own winners.

Best Picture

Bloody Knuckles
Charlie’s Country
Creed
Human Capital
Inside Out
Krampus
Mad Max: Fury Road
Paddington
Slow West
Still

Best Foreign Film

13 Minutes
Aferim!
Cool Kids Don’t Cry (Kick It)
Cub
Futuro Beach
Human Capital
Metalhead
Reckless
T.I.M.
The Wolf Behind the Door

Most Overlooked Picture


13 Minutes
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
All the Wilderness
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Charlie’s Country
Dark Places
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Little Glory
Metalhead

T.I.M.

Best Director

Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen Inside Out
Michael Dougherty Krampus
Rolf de Heer Charlie’s Country
George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
Paolo Virzì Human Capital

Best Actress

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Human Capital
Pauline Etienne The Nun
Leandra Leal A Wolf at the Door
Maika Monroe It Follows
Julianne Moore Still Alice

Best Actor

Christian Friedel 13 Minutes
Aiden Gillen Still
David Gulpilil Charlie’s Country
Michael B. Jordan Creed
Wagner Moura Futuro Beach

Best Supporting Actress

Louise Bourgoin The Nun
Soufia Issami Traitors
Virginia Madsen All the Wilderness
Fabiula Nascimento A Wolf at the Door
Phylicia Rashad Creed

Best Supporting Actor

Joel Edgerton The Gift
Skyler Gisondo Vacation
Burghart Klaußner 13 Minutes
Sonny Young Still
Sylvester Stallone Creed

Best Cast

Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Guglielmo Pinelli, Fabrizio Gifuni , Gigio Alberti, Valeria Golino , Silvia Cohen, Luigi Lo Cascio, etc. Human Capital
Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Jonno Davies, Jack Davenport, Alex Nikolov, Samantha Womack, Mark Hamill, Sofia Boutella , Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton, etc. Kingsman: The Secret Service
Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler, etc. Krampus
Tim Downie, Madeleine Worrall, Lottie Steer, Geoffrey Palmer,  Theresa Watson, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gambon, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Michael Bond, Matt Lucas, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, etc.Paddington
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Max von Sydow, Peter Mayhew,  Gwendoline Christie, Simon Pegg, Warwick Davis, Iko Uwais, Judah Friedlander, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Bill Hader, Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, etc. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Pippa Allen Secrets of War
Isabella Blake-Thomas Little Glory
Mia Helene Solberg Brekke Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Raffey Cassidy Tomorrowland
Olivia DeJong The Visit
Amalie Kruse Jensen Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Emjay Anthony Krampus
Ed Oxenbould The Visit
Levi Miller Pan
Kodi Smit-McPhee All the Wilderness
Rohan Timmermans Life According to Nino
Jakob Salvati Little Boy

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Alyvia Alyn Lind A Deadly Adoption
Isabelle Fuhrman All the Wilderness
Astris Juncher-Benzon Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Claudia Kanne T.I.M.
Mia Xitali Max

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Toby Bisson William’s Lullaby
Joes Brauers Secrets of War
Dartanian Sloan Sinister II
Ty Simpkins Jurassic World
Steele Stebbins Vacation
Lucas Jade Zumann Sinister II

Best Youth Ensemble

Oscar Dietz, Samuel Ting Graf, Astris Juncher-Benzon, Amalie Kruse Jensen, Marcus Jess Petersson, Johannes Jeffries Sørensen and Hectores Brøgger Andersen Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Lino Facioli, Muri Grossi, Ravi Hood and Giovanna Rispoli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Maurice Lutjien, Gill Eeckelaert, Noah Tambwe Kabati, Ricko Otto, Louis Lemmens, Tomas de Smet, Pieter de Brabandere, Jessie Tweepenninckx, Isah De Zutter,  Hauke Geirnaert,  Ebe Meynckens, Ymanol Perset and Nabil Missoumi Cub
Mace Coronel, Casey Simpson, Aidan Gallagher, Lizzy Greene, Jace Norman, Sean Ryan Fox, Ella Anderson, Riele Downs, Brec Bassinger, Jackie Radinsky, Coy Stewart, Buddy Handleson, Maya Leclark, Thomas Kuc, Rio Mangini, Isabella Moner, Cree Cicchino, Madisyn Shipman, Benjamin Flores, Jr., Diego Velazquez, Addison Riecke, Lilimar, Owen Joyner, Jaheem Toombs, et al. Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, Lucas Jade Zumann, Jade Klein, Laila Haley,  Caden Marshall Fritz, Olivia Rainey, Grace Holuby, Victoria Leigh Morales, Nico Cruea and Alex Ludwig Sinister II

Best Original Screenplay

David Gulpilil and Rolf de Heer Charlie’s Country
Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen, Meg Lefauve and Josh Cooley Inside Out
Todd Casey, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields Krampus
George Miller, Brandon McCarthy and Nico Lathouris 
Mad Max: Fury Road
Simon Blake Still

Best Adapted Screenplay

Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu Aferim!
Gilles Paquette-Brenner and Gillian Flynn 
Dark Places
Paolo Virzì, Francesco Bruni, Francesco Piccolo and Stephen Amidon Human Capital
Paul King, Hamish McColl and Michael Bond Paddington
Jeffrey Hatcher,  and Mitch Cullin and Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. Holmes

Best Score

Steve Moore Cub
Hauschka Futuro Beach
Weigel and Meirmans Life According to Nino
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomandandy Sinister II

Best Editing

John-Michael Powell All the Wilderness
Claudia Castelo and Michael P. Shawver Creed
Douglas Crise and Billy Fox Dark Places
Cecilia Zanuso Human Capital
Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Mad Max: Fury Road

Jurassic World
Krampus
Sinister II
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti Creed
Nikolas Karakatsanis Cub
Adam Newport-Berra All the Wilderness
Marius Panduru Aferim!
John Seale Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Costume Design

Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Crimson Peak
Jupiter Ascending
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Art Direction

Cinderella
Krampus
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sinister II

Best Makeup

Creed
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mr. Holmes
Sinister II
We Are Still Here

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Song

“Lord Knows/ Fighting Stronger” Meek Mill, Jhene Alko, Ludwig Goransson Creed
“Gruss vom Krampus/ Krampus Karol of the Bells” Bree Olinda High School Singers Krampus
“Svarthamar” Petúr Ben Metalhead
“Wrecking Ball” Seth Rogen and Miley Cyrus The Night Before
“Kiss from a Rose” Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins Vacation

Best Soundtrack

All the Wilderness
Big In Japan
Bloody Knuckles
Metalhead

Ten Thousand Saints

Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

To be announced on January 9th.

Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced on January 9th.

Neutron Star Award

To be announced on January 9th.

2015 BAM Awards Shortlists

Here we are again my friends on the day of the BAM Awards shortlist. Now, this shortlisting process works a bit differently than other shows so here are some guidelines to bear in mind.

  1. The list is going up now to assure it is live 0n 12/24/2015. Films viewed between 12/24/2015 by me are still eligible and may be considered for when nominations come out on 1/2/2016.
  2. Films on the shortlist are those that will be eligible for awards, plus, all viewed films from 12/24/2015-12/31/2015. Limited allowances are made for sins of omission, as I human and a one-man committee and can make errors. The nominees will be final.
  3. Only films I’ve personally viewed are eligible. A complete list of eligible titles will be posted when the nominees come out.
  4. These lists represent a reduction of 50-66% of the considerations field.
  5. Some categories will be without a shortlist because the consideration field is so small there’d be minimal drama in the nominating process.
  6. Lastly, I welcome your comments and opinions on nominees and the honorees but the decision in the end is mine alone. If my choices bother you that much WordPress is free, you can pick your own winners.

Without further ado this year’s lists:

Best Picture

No shortlist.

Best Foreign Film

Cub (2014, Artsploitation Films)

Futuro Beach
Life According to Nino
Metalhead
Traitors

Love Me
The Nun
God’s Slave
Wiplala
T.I.M.
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)

Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Aferim!
13 Minutes
Human Capital
Reckless
A Wolf at the Door
Cub

The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Secrets of War

Best Documentary

Will not be awarded due to insufficient viewings.

Most Overlooked Picture

Praia do Futuro (2014, Strand Releasing)

Futuro Beach
All the Wilderness
Life According to Nino
Metalhead
The Nun
Wiplala
Charlie’s Country

T.I.M.
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Still
Aferim!

13 Minutes

Reckless

Big Game
A Wolf at the Door
Cub
Bloody Knuckles
Little Glory

The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Dark Places
Secrets of War
The Activist

Best Director*

It Follows (2014, Radius-TWC)

Paddington
Cinderella
It Follows
Charlie’s Country
Mad Max: Fury Road
T.I.M.
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Inside Out
Still
Slow West
Aferim!
Human Capital
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
Cub
Creed
Dark Places
Bloody Knuckles
Krampus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

*Names of directors are redacted until nominations are announced to de-emphasize name recognition and focus solely on the work that was perceived to have been done.

Best Actress

Human Capital (2014, Film Movement)

Julianne Moore Still Alice
Chaimae Ben Acha Traitors
Viktoria Spesvitseva Love Me
Lily James Cinderella
Pauline Etienne The Nun
Maika Monroe It Follows
Alicia Vikander Ex Machina
Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road
Britt Robertson Tomorrowland
Kristen Wiig A Deadly Adoption
Melissa McCarthy Spy
Sarah Chronis Reckless
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Human Capital
Kristen Stewart American Ultra
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes
Rebecca Hall The Gift
Leandra Leal A Wolf at the Door
Charlize Theron Dark Places
Ariana Rivoire Marie’s Story
Daisy Ridley Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Actor

Jurassic World (2015, Universal)

Bradley Cooper American Sniper
Kevin Hart The Wedding Ringer
Wagner Moura Futuro Beach
Ben Whishaw Lilting
Taron Egerton Kingsman: The Secret Service
Vegar Hoel Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Ushan Çakir Love Me
Richard Madden Cinderella
Kevin Costner McFarland USA
Mathieu Almaric If You Don’t, I Will
Tom Hardy Child 44
Will Ferrell Get Hard
Domhnall Gleeson Ex Machina
James Rolleston The Dead Lands
Harrison Gilbertson My Mistress
David Gulpilil Charlie’s Country
Tom Hardy Mad Max: Fury Road
George Clooney Tomorrowland
Will Ferrell A Deadly Adoption
Aiden Gillen Still
Michael Fassbender Slow West
Arnold Schwarzenegger Maggie
Chris Pratt Jurassic World
David Sandberg Kung Fury
Richard Roy Sutton William’s Lullaby
Jay Duplass Creep
Ed Helms Vacation
Andrew Sensenig We Are Still Here
Nat Wolff Paper Towns
Wagner Moura Father’s Chair
Teodor Corban Aferim!
Christian Friedel 13 Minutes
Fabrizio Bentivoglio Human Capital
Marwan Kenzari Reckless
Samuel L. Jackson Big Game
James Ransone Sinister 2
Jesse Eisenberg American Ultra
Sir Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes
Jason Bateman The Gift
Milhem Cortaz A Wolf at the Door
Michael B. Jordan Creed
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Jeremy Sumpter The Squeeze
Nicholas Hoult Dark Places
Tye Sheridan Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Dylan Minnette Goosebumps
Matt Damon The Martian
Adam Boys Bloody Knuckles
Cameron Bright Little Glory
Adam Scott Krampus
John Boyega Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Chadwick Brown The Activist

Best Supporting Actress

Traitors (2014, Film Movement)

Virginia Madsen All the Wilderness
Kristen Stewart Still Alice
Rifka Lodeizen Life According to Nino
Soufia Issami Traitors
Cate Blanchett Cinderella
Noomi Rapace Child 44
Louise Bourgoin The Nun
Isabelle Huppert The Nun
Katarina Schüttler 13 Minutes
Matilde Gioli Human Capital
Fabiula Nascimento A Wolf at the Door
Evelien Bosmans Cub
Phylicia Rashad Creed
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Places
Sarah Dumont Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Isabelle Carré Marie’s Story
Bruna Amaya Casa Grande
Suzana Pires Casa Grande
Toni Collette Krampus
Krista Stadler Krampus
Carrie Fisher Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Supporting Actor

Josh Gad The Wedding Ringer
Clemens Schick Futuro Beach
Jesuíta Barbosa Futuro Beach
Nicholas Hoult Young Ones
Hillmar Wollan III Metalhead
Kevin Hart Get Hard
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Little Boy
Oscar Isaac Ex Machina
Sonny Young Still
Kodi Smit-McPhee Slow West
Ethan Drumm William’s Lullaby
Skyler Gisondo Vacation
Austin Abrams Paper Towns
Justice Smith Paper Towns
Michael Douglas Ant-Man
Burghart Klaußner 13 Minutes
Fabrizio Gifuni Human Capital
Tygo Gernandt Reckless
Joel Edgerton The Gift
Sylvester Stallone Creed
Tye Sheridan Dark Places
Richard Kind Inside Out
King Orba The Activist
Harrison Ford Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Seth Rogen The Night Before
David Koechner Krampus
Michael Spears The Activist

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Without a shortlist because the consideration field is so small, it will be a fully nominated category.

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

sinister2

Kodi Smit-McPhee All the Wilderness
Rohan Timmermans Life According to Nino
Kodi Smit-McPhee Young Ones
Sasha Mylanus Wiplala
Jakob Salvati Little Boy
Dyon Wilkens T.I.M.
Victor Papadopoulos Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Oscar Dietz Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Kodi Smit-McPhee Slow West
Robert Daniel Sloan Sinister 2
Maurice Luijten Cub
Levi Miller Pan
Lino Facioli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Emjay Anthony Krampus
Maas Bronkhuyzen Secrets of War
Graham Verchere Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Death (2014, Attraction Distribution_

Isabelle Fuhrman All the Wilderness
Diljá Valsdóttir Metalhead
Eloise Webb Cinderella
Kee Ketelaar Wiplala
Claudia Kanne T.I.M.
Astris Juncher-Benzon Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Mia Xitali Max
Alyvia Alyn Lind A Deadly Adoption
Giovana Rispoli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Stefania LaVie Owen Krampus

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

William's Lullaby (2014, Nicholas Arnold Productions)

Sávio Ygor Ramos Futuro Beach
Carl-Magnus Adner Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Kyle Cattlet Poltergeist
Thomas Robinson Tomorrowland
Samuel Ting Graf Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Ty Simpkins Jurassic World
Toby Bisson William’s Lullaby
Pierce Gagnon Tomorrowland
William Ulrik Græsli Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Art Parkinson San Andreas
Steele Stebbins Vacation
Lucas Jade Zumann Sinister 2
Dartanian Sloan Sinister 2
Milo Parker Mr. Holmes
Joes Brauers Secrets of War

Best Cast

 

Paddington
Futuro Beach
All the Wilderness
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Life According to Nino

Cinderella

Wiplala

It Follows
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Still

Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomorrowland

Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)

13 Minutes
Human Capital
Sinister 2

Mr. Holmes

The Gift

Cub

Creed
Dark Places
Krampus
Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Secrets of War
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Youth Ensemble

Life According to Nino (2014, Waterland/Family Affair/Attraction)

Paddington
Life According to Nino
Wiplala
The Outlaw League
Kick It (Cool Kids Don’t Cry)
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Sinister 2
Cub
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
The Peanuts Movie
Krampus
Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Secrets of War

Best Original Screenplay

Futuro Beach
All the Wilderness
Life According to Nino
Metalhead
It Follows
Charlie’s Country
Mad Max: Fury Road
Inside Out
Still

Slow West
Kung Fury
T.I.M.

13 Minutes
Sinister 2
American Ultra
The Gift
Cub

Bloody Knuckles
Casa Grande
Krampus
Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Activist

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paddington
Cinderella
Tomorrowland
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Vacation
Aferim!
Human Capital

Mr. Holmes
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Dark Places
Creed
Marie’s Story
Secrets of War

Best Score

Paddington
Futuro Beach
Life According to Nino
Cinderella

Wiplala
It Follows
Mad Max: Fury Road
Inside Out
Slow West
Jurassic World
Kung Fury
Jupiter Ascending

Ant-Man
Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes

The Gift
Cub
Goosebumps
Crimson Peak
The Good Dinosaur
Dark Places
The Peanuts Movie
Krampus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Editing 

Paddington
Futuro Beach
All the Wilderness
Metalhead
Cinderella

It Follows
Charlie’s Country
Mad Max: Fury Road
Inside Out
Still
Jurassic World
13 Minutes
Human Capital
Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes

The Gift
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Bloody Knuckles
Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Dark Places
Krampus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Activist

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Paddington
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Cinderella
It Follows
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomorrowland
Slow West
Jurassic World

Kung Fury
Ant-Man
13 Minutes
Big Game

Sinister 2
American Ultra
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Goosebumps
The Martian
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Krampus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

Paddington
Futuro Beach
All the Wilderness
Life According to Nino
Young Ones
Metalhead

The Nun
Mad Max: Fury Road

T.I.M.
Slow West

Aferim!

13 Minutes

Human Capital

Sinister 2

Mr. Holmes
Cub
Crimson Peak
Creed
Dark Places
Krampus
Secrets of War
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Art Direction

Paddington
All the Wilderness
Life According to Nino
Jupiter Ascending
Cinderella
Charlie’s Country
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomorrowland

T.I.M.
Aferim!
13 Minutes
Human Capital
Sinister 2
Ten Thousand Saints
Mr. Holmes

Cub
The Martian
Crimson Peak
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Dark Places
Krampus
Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Secrets of War
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Art Direction

Paddington
Jupiter Ascending
Child 44
The Nun
Little Boy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomorrowland

Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury
Slow West
Aferim!

13 Minutes
Sinister 2
Ten Thousand Saints

Mr. Holmes
Cub

Crimson Peak
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)
Casa Grande
Krampus
Nickelodeon’s Ho Ho Holiday Special
Secrets of War
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup

Paddington
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
Jupiter Ascending
Metalhead

Cinderella
It Follows

Mad Max: Fury Road
We Are Still Here
Human Capital
Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes

Cub
Crimson Peak
Bloody Knuckles
Creed
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Krampus
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Visual Effects

Paddington
Jupiter Ascending
Cinderella
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tomorrowland
T.I.M.
Jurassic World
Kung Fury
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Goosebumps
The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Krampus
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best (Original) Song

“London is the Place for Me” D-Lime and Tabago Crusoe Paddington
“Svarthamar” Performers TBA Metalhead

Juntos (Together)” Juanes McFarland USA
“See You Again” Furious 7
“Rock Over Tokyo” Tennis Pro Big In Japan
“Universal Fanfare” Minions
“Kiss from a Rose” Vacation
“Look Outside” Paper Towns
“Summer Breeze” Vacation
“Walley World Theme” Vacation
“Universal Fanfare” Minions
“Feels Like Summer” The Baa Baa Shop Quartet Shaun the Sheep Movie
Campfire song Cub
“Lord Knows/ Fighting Stronger” Creed
“Grip” Creed
“Wrecking Ball” Seth Rogen and Miley Cyrus The Night Before
“Silent Night” Miley Cyrus A Very Murray Christmas
“Krampus’ Karol of the Bells” Krampus

Best Soundtrack

No shortlist.

2015 BAM Award Considerations – November

Eligible Titles

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Sanjay’s Super Team
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Spectre
The Squeeze
Chasing Tyson
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Peanuts Movie
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe

Best Picture

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Dark Places

Best Foreign Film

Best Documentary

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.
Dark Places

Best Director

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Dark Places

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Charlize Theron Dark Places

Best Actor

Michael B. Jordan Creed
Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Jeremy Sumpter The Squeeze
Nicholas Hoult Dark Places
Tye Sheridan Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Supporting Actress

Phylicia Rashad Creed
Tessa Thompson Creed
Chloë Grace Moretz Dark Places
Sarah Dumont Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Supporting Actor

Sylvester Stallone Creed
Tye Sheridan Dark Places

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

Alex Henderson Creed

Best Cast

Creed
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Peanuts Movie

Best Youth Ensemble

The Good Dinosaur
The Peanuts Movie

Best Original Screenplay

The Good Dinosaur
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Adapted Screenplay

Creed
Dark Places
The Peanuts Movie

Best Score

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Spectre
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
The Peanuts Movie

Best Editing

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
Dark Places

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Creed
The Good Dinosaur
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Spectre
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Cinematography

Creed
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Art Direction

Creed
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Costume Design

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Best Makeup

Creed
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Dark Places
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Best Visual Effects
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

NOTE: For lack of actual known-to-me titles this month their are reminders of what the songs are. Should they be shortlisted and/or nominated I’ll hunt them down.

Best (Original) Song

Creed

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

Creed

2015 BAM Award Considerations: October

Eligible Titles

Invisible Sister
Goosebumps
The Martian
Trojan War
Crimson Peak
Bloody Knuckles
Hotel Transylvania 2
Pan
Little Glory
Goodbye to Language
Robot Overlords
Children of the Night
Gone with the River
Hell & Back
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Picture

Bloody Knuckles

Best Foreign Film

Goodbye to Language
The Boy in the Mirror
(O Menino no Espelho)
Gone with the River

Best Documentary

Trojan War

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.

Goosebumps
Bloody Knuckles
Pan
Little Glory
Hell & Back

The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Director

The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Little Glory
Goodbye to Language

Best Actress

Odeya Rush Goosebumps

Best Actor

Dylan Minnette Goosebumps
Matt Damon The Martian
Adam Boys Bloody Knuckles
Cameron Bright Little Glory

Best Supporting Actress

Jillian Bell Goosebumps
Jessica Chastain The Martian
Hannah Murphy Little Glory

Best Supporting Actor

Jack Black Goosebumps
Ryan Lee Goosebumps
Kasey Ryne Mazak Bloody Knuckles
Dwayne Bryshun Bloody Knuckles

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Rowan Blanchard Invisible Sister
Isabella Blake-Thomas Little Glory

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Karan Brar Invisible Sister
Levi Miller Pan
Lino Facioli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Paris Berelc Invisible Sister
Giovana Rispoli The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Ravi Hood The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Cast

Goosebumps
The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Little Glory
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Youth Ensemble

Invisible Sister
Pan
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Original Screenplay

Bloody Knuckles
Little Glory
Goodbye to Language
Hell & Back

Best Adapted Screenplay

Goosebumps
The Martian
Pan
Little Glory
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Score

Goosebumps
Crimson Peak
Bloody Knuckles
Pan
Little Glory
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Editing

Goosebumps
The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Goodbye to Language
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Goosebumps
The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Goodbye to Language
Robot Overlords
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Cinematography

The Martian
Crimson Peak
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Art Direction

The Martian
Crimson Peak
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Costume Design

Pan
Crimson Peak
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Makeup

Crimson Peak
Bloody Knuckles
Pan
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Best Visual Effects

Goosebumps
The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Pan
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

NOTE: For lack of actual known-to-me titles this month their are reminders of what the songs are. Should they be shortlisted and/or nominated I’ll hunt them down.

Best (Original) Song

Pan
Hell & Back
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

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

The Martian
Bloody Knuckles
Pan
Little Glory
The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

2015 BAM Award Considerations – August

It seems 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. A collection of most, if not all titles viewed, can be seen on my Letterboxd.

Eligible Titles

Sinister 2
American Ultra
Addicted to Fresno
Cop Car
Ten Thousand Saints
Mr. Holmes
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Fantastic Four
The Gift
A Wolf at the Door
Cub
Teen Beach 2
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Picture

Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
A Wolf at the Door
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Foreign Film

A Wolf at the Door
Cub

Best Documentary

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.

Sinister 2
Addicted to Fresno
A Wolf at the Door
Cub

Best Director

Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
A Wolf at the Door
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Actress

Kristen Stewart American Ultra
Judy Greer Addicted to Fresno
Laura Linney Mr. Holmes
Rebecca Hall The Gift
Leandra Leal A Wolf at the Door

Best Actor

James Ransone Sinister 2
Jesse Eisenberg American Ultra
Sir Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes
Jason Bateman The Gift
Milhem Cortaz A Wolf at the Door

Best Supporting Actress

Natasha Lyonne Addicted to Fresno
Fabiula Nascimento A Wolf at the Door
Evelien Bosmans Cub

Best Supporting Actor

Kevin Bacon Cop Car
Ethan Hawke Ten Thousand Saints
Joel Edgerton The Gift
Titus de Voogt Cub
Garrett Clayton Teen Beach 2
Simon Pegg Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Hailee Steinfeld Ten Thousand Saints

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Robert Daniel Sloan Sinister 2
James Freedson-Jackson Cop Car
Hays Wellford Cop Car
Asa Butterfield Ten Thousand Saints
Maurice Luijten Cub

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Laila Haley Sinister 2
Isabelle Ribas A Wolf at the Door

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Lucas Jade Zumann Sinister 2
Dartanian Sloan Sinister 2
Jaden Klein Sinister 2
Caden M. Fritz Sinister 2
Milo Parker Mr. Holmes
Louis Lemmens Cub

Best Cast

Sinister 2
American Ultra
Ten Thousand Saints
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
A Wolf at the Door
Cub

Best Youth Ensemble

Sinister 2
Cub

Best Original Screenplay

Sinister 2
American Ultra
Shaun the Sheep Movie
The Gift
A Wolf at the Door
Cub

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mr. Holmes
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Score

Sinister 2
Cop Car
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
Cub

Best Editing

Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Sinister 2
American Ultra
Cop Car
A Wolf at the Door
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Cinematography

Sinister 2
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Art Direction

Sinister 2
Ten Thousand Saints
Mr. Holmes
The Gift
Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best Costume Design

Sinister 2
Ten Thousand Saints
Mr. Holmes
Cub

Best Makeup

Sinister 2
Cop Car
Mr. Holmes
Cub

Best Visual Effects

Cub
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Best (Original) Song

Theme Shaun the Sheep Movie
Camp song Cub
Original songs Teen Beach 2

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

American Ultra
Ten Thousand Saints