Awards Season / 21.02.2019

The next film on The Jam Report's closer inspection of this year's Best Picture nominees is The Favourite, the deliciously twisted and naughty period piece from master of the absurd Yorgos Lanthimos. With key nominations across the board and rave reviews from critics, the film has managed to fly under the radar and could be the one Best Picture option many are foolishly ignoring. After years of American films taking out the Academy's top prize, could Best Picture be heading back over the pond once again? Let's take a look. Why...

Awards Season / 21.02.2019

It's time for The Jam Report to take a look at Bohemian Rhapsody, one of this year's most controversial nominees for Best Picture. When its (fired) director was hit with a damning article alleging decades of sexual misconduct, many thought that was the end of the line for this film's Oscar campaign. But thanks to roaring box office results and the elevation of its lead actor to frontrunner status, it's somehow dodged that bullet and remains in the hunt. Could one of this season's most maligned films actually take...

Awards Season / 20.02.2019

Next up in The Jam Report's closer look at this year's Best Picture nominees is the history-making Black Panther. Much to the chagrin of DC fanboys everywhere, Ryan Coogler's impressive and dazzling comic book adaptation became the first superhero film to be nominated in the big category. Standing as one of Marvel's boldest (and most successful) offerings yet, could this gamechanger really steal Best Picture away and further cement the stature of the superhero genre? Why it could win Best Picture: The box office factor. After the Academy's bungled Best Popular Film...

Awards Season / 19.02.2019

We're just days away (thank god) from the Academy Awards, and, after a topsy turvy precursor season, we still genuinely have no idea what's winning Best Picture. Every so-called "frontrunner" has both strong positives and damning negatives against their Oscar campaign, leaving us prognosticators scratching our heads for what to declare our final prediction this year. So, like in previous years, The Jam Report is here to analyse the films nominated for Best Picture and present the case for and against each nominee being our eventual winner. As we...

Awards Season / 23.01.2019

Well, that wasn't quite as apocalyptic as everyone was fearing. As always, there were plenty of shocks, snubs, and surprises, as well as a hefty dose of downright ugly and unforgivable moments, but it was far from the total disaster many thought it may be. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, so, for now, let's break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 91st Academy Award nominations. THE GOOD We may have our most solid frontrunner in Roma, after scoring a tied field-leading 10 nominations....

Awards Season / 21.01.2019

Well, this awards season has sure been a rollercoaster of insanity. From the collapse of early frontrunners like First Man and Widows to the rise of divisive and "controversial" films like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, it's been a calamity of surprising moments few could have anticipated. But the madness of this time of year is what we awards prognosticators live for, even if we're all feeling a little lost and deflated this season. After a year of brilliant cinema, we've ended up with a potential Oscars ceremony from...

Awards Season, Reviews / 15.01.2019

The Jammies hit the fifth year milestone, and it's a joy to bring you The Jam Report's little slice of awards season fun for another year. After another sublime 12 months for cinema, it's been a tough challenge to pick this year's nominees and winners, but we always get there in the end. If you've been following The Jammies for the last few years, you may notice a few new categories have been added and a few have been cut. With so much negativity already permeating everywhere online, it was...

Awards Season / 07.01.2019

Predicting the nominees for the Golden Globes is hard. Predicting the winners is nigh-on impossible. With all sorts of category fraud this year and a bevvy of big celebrities nominated, this could take all sorts of nutty paths. We could see another La La Land style sweep and A Star Is Born takes the lion's share of the big prizes. Or this could be the moment Black Panther pounces and makes its strongest play for that Best Picture Oscar. And without other pseudo musicals A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody in its way (yes, they're "dramas" in the...

Awards Season / 06.12.2018

As I say every single year, predicting the Golden Globes is fraught with problems. They are the most unpredictable awards of the season, and there's really no knowing what wacky choices they'll make this year. There's always a few picks from out of nowhere plus a few mega-celebrity nominations, based solely on the hope they'll show up to the ceremony. But in a season without a solid Best Picture frontrunner and an already topsy-turvy pre-season, these nominations could actually make or break a few Oscar campaigns. Good lord. It's...

Awards Season, Opinion / 09.08.2018

As you're likely aware by now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced plans for a brand new category at next year's Oscars. This vague new award (criteria and eligibility are still TBA) celebrates "outstanding achievement in popular film." If you have no idea what the hell this will mean, you're not alone. Even as an ardent Oscar-watcher of 30 years, I haven't the slightest idea how this award will be determined. Lagging ratings over the last few years have seemingly pushed the Academy to make...