The 8th Annual Jam Awards Nominations

Now in its eighth (!) year, The Jam Awards are back to celebrate the best of cinema in 2021. While it was another year of covid-induced uncertainty, the film world still served up a delicious buffet of terrific movies. Some debuted in theatres. Others went straight to streaming. But no matter how you viewed them, they made their impact. It’s always a pleasure to take a look back at the year that was and honour the finest achievements in cinema.

So without further ado, here are the nominations for The 8th Annual Jam Awards!

The winners of The 8th Annual Jam Awards will be announced on Tuesday 22nd February 2022 at 9am AEDT. Who will take out this year’s awards? Stay tuned!

Best Film
And the nominees are:

Drive My Car
Producer: Teruhisa Yamamoto
Flee
Producers: Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Pig
Producers: Vanessa Block, Dimitra Tsingou, Joseph Restaino, Nicolas Cage
The Power of the Dog
Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Jane Campion
West Side Story
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger
The Worst Person in the World
Producers: Andrea Berentsen, Ottmar Thomas Robsahm

Best International Film
And the nominees are:

Drive My Car (Japan)
Flee (Denmark)
A Hero (Iran)
Parallel Mothers (Spain)
Titane (France)
The Worst Person in the World (Norway)

Best Documentary
And the nominees are:

Ascension
Director: Jessica Kingdon
Burning
Director: Eva Orner
The First Wave
Director: Matthew Heineman
Flee
Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
The Rescue
Directors: Elizabeth Chai, Vasarhelyi Jimmy Chin
Summer of Soul
Director: Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson

Best Animated Film
And the nominees are:

Belle
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Encanto
Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard
Flee
Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Luca
Director: Enrico Casarosa
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Director: Mike Rianda
Raya and the Last Dragon
Directors: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada

Achievement in Directing
And the nominees are:

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Julia Ducournau – Titane
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Jonas Poher Rasmussen – Flee
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Achievement in Screenwriting
And
the nominees are:

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Asghar Farhadi – A Hero
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe – Drive My Car
Fran Kranz – Mass
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt – The Worst Person in the World

Best Lead Female Performance
And the nominees are:

Penélope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Renate Reinsve – The Worst Person in the World
Agathe Rousselle – Titane
Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Tessa Thompson – Passing

Best Lead Male Performance
And the nominees are:

Nicolas Cage – Pig
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick… BOOM!
Hidetoshi Nishijima – Drive My Car
Franz Rogowski – Great Freedom
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Supporting Female Performance
And the nominees are:

Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Tôko Miura – Drive My Car
Ruth Negga – Passing

Best Supporting Male Performance
And the nominees are:

Anders Danielsen Lie – The Worst Person in the World
Mike Faist – West Side Story
Vincent Lindon – Titane
Troy Kotsur – CODA
Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Breakthrough Filmmaker
And the nominees are:

Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
Rebecca Hall – Passing
Fran Kranz – Mass
Lin-Manuel Miranda – tick, tick… BOOM!
Michael Sarnoski – Pig
Emma Seligman – Shiva Baby

Breakthrough Performance
And
the nominees are:

Mike Faist – West Side Story
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones – CODA
Woody Norman – C’mon C’mon
Agathe Rousselle – Titane
Rachel Zegler – West Side Story

Best Ensemble
And the nominees are:

CODA
Drive My Car
The Harder They Fall
In the Heights
Mass
The Power of the Dog

Best Moment
And the nominees are:

The car monologue in Drive My Car
Reversing the truck in Licorice Pizza
The bus fight in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The portal arrival in Spider-Man: No Way Home
Alexia and the car in Titane
Time stands still in The Worst Person in the World

Best Music Moment
And the nominees are:

“Edgar’s Prayer” in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
“Both Sides Now” in CODA
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno” in Encanto
“96,000” in In the Heights
“Sunday” in tick, tick… BOOM!
“America” in West Side Story