2015 BAM Award Considerations – January

I know that awards season on this blog just ended, and it still continues in the outside world; however, assembling those nominees is a year-long process. So the cycle begins anew with posts at the end of the month and master lists offline in preparation for the big dates of the award’s calendar year. Enjoy the scant January offerings. Most of the month was dedicated to Oscar catch-up, shorts and older titles, which you can see on my Letterboxd.

Eligible Titles

The Wedding Ringer
American Sniper
Taken 3
Black or White

Best Picture


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.


Best Director


Best Actress

Sienna Miller American Sniper
Octavia Spencer Black or White

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper American Sniper
Kevin Hart The Wedding Ringer

Best Supporting Actress

Nicole Kidman Paddington
Paula Newsome Black or White

Best Supporting Actor

Peter Capaldi Paddington
Anothony Mackie Black or White
Josh Gad The Wedding Ringer

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Madeleine Harris Paddington

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Samuel Joslin Paddington

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Jillian Estelle Black or White

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Jude Wright Paddington

Best Cast


Best Youth Ensemble


Best Original Screenplay


Best Adapted Screenplay


Best Score


Best Editing


Best Sound Editing/Mixing


American Sniper

Best Cinematography


Best Art Direction


Best Costume Design


Best Makeup


Best Visual Effects


Best (Original) Song