My Ballot: 2014 EE BAFTA Rising Star Award

Whenever there is a publicly-voted award in the film world I will share my thoughts and vote here.

The first thing that bears saying is that I may have to mark down on my calendar other open-to-public-voting awards through the year so that I manage to post in this series more than once in a year. Regardless, here we are again at the BAFTAs this time replete with a new sponsor and another Rising Star Award race.

What I really like about this award year after year is that it’s a body-of-work award given to a young actor on the rise. However, on occasion nominees make it mainly on the strength of one performance.

Once again this is a pretty strong field and even though I am not 100% studied on all the candidates this year there are four I have something of a viewing history with. It wasn’t easy but I had a definite choice among these impressive nominees. And, importantly, it’s additional incentive to catch up on the titles making up the other candidates’ work. I have been a bit remiss in seeing some of the award-winning much ballyhooed titles of 2013 namely 12 Years a Slave, which marks one of the most acclaimed debuts in recent memory (Lupita Nyong’o), and Blue is the Warmest Color (Léa Seydoux), though I have seen quite a few Seydoux’s titles and enjoyed her work.

Dane DeHaan in Chronicle (20th Century Fox)

George Mackay is perhaps the best surprise on this list for me. I am familiar with his career as a young actor when he appeared in Peter Pan, which would’ve won a Best Youth Ensemble had it existed (he was Curly), then in the overlooked The Thief Lord, and in one of Daniel Radcliffe’s in-Potter-franchise departures The Boys Are Back. The 2013 titles are ones I have not heard of prior to this announcement, but I look forward to finding them.

Dane DeHaan, already a BAM Award nominee for Chronicle, is a close runner-up for my vote in this award. Had I caught his most recent titles that may have changed my mind, but the odds were stacked against him.

They are stacked against him because of Will Poulter. One of the myriad viewing tasks I’ve wanted to undertake was to see all of Will Poulter’s TV and film work from the UK heretofore unavailable to me. The reason that is that the first two parts I saw Poulter play, Son of Rambow and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader he was not only nominated for my BAM Awards but won (for Son of Rambow Best Performance by a Child Actor and for Narnia Best Supporting Actor). I will soon, thanks to Netflix, see Wild Bill which earned Poulter a London Critics’ Circle Award nomination for Young British Performer of the Year. Son of Rambow set a precedent most young actors wouldn’t be able to live up to, but following very different paths Poulter and Milner have both proved their mettle and staying power. With his nerdy, American persona of Kenny Rossmore in We’re the Millers Poulter, introduces himself to a new audience who witness him only scratch the surface of his capabilities, and really only on the comedic end.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010, 20th Century Fox)

In my estimation, and in the estimation of those who watch more carefully, Poulter has already arrived. However, to most the appearance in We’re the Millers and the forthcoming The Maze Runner adaptation will signal his announcement as a cinematic presence for those who don’t know. He has the credentials but also defines the rising aspect of the award more so than the fellow candidates who have made a bigger, more notable splash in mass media consciousness terms. Simply because in my mind he’s already arisen selecting Poulter as Rising Star is a no-brainer to me.

The Ballot is open through February 14th, 2014. One vote per person, register via Twitter of Facebook.

2013 BAM Award Considerations – August

Last year I had one massive running list and it became very cumbersome to add to, and to read I’m sure. By creating a new post monthly, and creating massive combo files offline, it should make the process easier for me and more user-friendly for you, the esteemed reader. Enjoy.

Eligible Titles

Under the Bed
Funeral Kings
Swoopes
Pat XO
Cherry Tree Lane
The Diplomat
Elysium
We’re The Millers
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Shadow People
Kick-Ass 2
Twixt
Blue Jasmine
Amour
Runner
The 99ers
Kiss of the Damned
Branded
Museum Hours
A Haunting at Silver Falls
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Picture

Elysium
Blue Jasmine

Best Foreign Film

Amour
Museum Hours
*

*How much of a foreign film it ends up being ends up being a little debatable, its split between English and German. I don’t have an Academy-like percentage.

Best Documentary

Last year this was an omitted category, due mostly to the fact that too few total candidates existed to make the slate feel legitimate. I will hope to be able to rectify that this year.

Swoopes
Pat XO
The Diplomat
Branded
The 99ers
Runner

Most Overlooked Film

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.

Funeral Kings
Shadow People
Twixt
Museum Hours

Best Director

Funeral Kings
Elysium
Blue Jasmine
Amour

Best Actress

Alice Braga Elysium
Jennifer Aniston We’re the Millers
Chloe Grace Moretz Kick-Ass 2
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine
Emmanuelle Riva Amour
Mary Margaret O’Hara Museum Hours
Oprah Winfrey Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Actor

Jonny Weston Under the Bed
Matt Damon Elysium
Jason Sudeikis We’re the Millers
Logan Lerman Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Dallas Roberts Shadow People
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Kick-Ass 2
Val Kilmer Twixt
Alec Baldwin Blue Jasmine
Jean-Louis Trintignant Amour
Bobby Sommer Museum Hours
Forest Whitaker Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Supporting Actress

Jodie Foster Elysium
Kathryn Hahn We’re the Millers
Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmine
Isabelle Huppert Amour
Ela Piplits Museum Hours
Adriane Lenox Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Supporting Actor

Sharlto Copley Elysium
Wagner Moura Elysium
Will Poulter We’re the Millers
Stanley Tucci Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Douglas Smith Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Jim Carrey Kick-Ass 2
John Leguizamo Kick-Ass 2
Bruce Dern Twixt
Ben Chaplin Twixt
Bobby Cannavale Blue Jasmine
David Oyelowo Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Chloe Grace Moretz Kick-Ass2

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Alex Maizus Funeral Kings

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Emma Tremblay Elysium
Valentina Giron Elysium
Katelyn Mager Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Elle Fanning Twixt
Chloe Barach Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

Gattlin Griffith Under the Bed
Dylan Hartigan Funeral Kings
Jordan Puzzo Funeral Kings
Maxwell Perry Cotton Elysium
Mattie Liptak Shadow People
Samuel Braun Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Bjorn Yearwood Percy Jackson:Sea of Monsters
Daniel Jenks Blue Jasmine
Max Rutherford Blue Jasmine
Michael Rainey Jr. Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Isaac White Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Cast

Funeral Kings
Elysium
We’re the Millers
Kick-Ass 2
Twixt
Amour
Museum Hours
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Youth Ensemble

Funeral Kings
Elysium
Shadow People
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Twixt
Blue Jasmine
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Original Screenplay

Elysium
Shadow People
Twixt
Blue Jasmine
Amour
Museum Hours

Best Adapted Screenplay

Funeral Kings
Kick-Ass 2
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Score

Under the Bed
Elysium
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Best Editing

Funeral Kings
Elysium
Shadow People
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Kick-Ass 2
Twixt
Blue Jasmine
Museum Hours
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Elysium
Kick-Ass 2

Best Cinematography

Elysium
Twixt
Blue Jasmine
Amour
Kiss of the Damned
Museum Hours
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Art Direction

Shadow People
Kick-Ass 2
Twixt
Amour
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Costume Design

Elysium
Kick-Ass 2
Twixt
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Makeup

Under the Bed
Elysium
Twixt
Kiss of the Damned
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Best Visual Effects

Under the Bed
Elysium
Twixt

Best (Original) Song

Funeral Kings
We’re the Millers
Twixt