It's all over for another year, and what a year it's been. The closest Oscar race in years, with some of the best films we've ever seen in the running. And yet, somehow it all pretty much went to plan. There's always a slight tinge of disappointment when this happens. We all want the deserving frontrunners to win, but we all secretly hope for a few shockers in the mix too, and this year, well they just weren't there. To predict 22 out of the 24 categories correctly...

Well folks, it's time. After going back and forth on pretty much every category this year, I must lay down my final predictions, and ultimately stand by them. Go hard or go home, that's how it must be done. As always, I must state that no matter how hard anyone tries to convince you, nobody knows anything with how the night is going to play out. We can predict these things until we're blue in the face, but anything can happen at the Oscars, and this year that...

The film to dominate this awards season has really been 12 Years A Slave. While there hasn't been a clear frontrunner, Steven McQueen's powerful film has been the closest to claiming that title. It doesn't have the most nominations, which admittedly is unusual for a frontrunner, but it has the most prestige about it, and seems to be the stand-out choice this year. Can it make history and claim the big prize? Here's why it could happen. It's time. That's the campaign slogan the studio has been running with...

Alfonso Cuarón's masterpiece Gravity has dominated the nominations this year, leading the pack with 10 nods. Unless some sort of insane backlash occurs, it will likely take away all the tech awards like Cinematography, Sound and Visual Effects, but can it break the curse and become the first sci-fi film to win Best Picture? Here's why it could drift off into space with the big prize. The chance to make history. The Academy Awards are very traditional, there's no denying that. Each and every year, they can tend to...

Next cab off the rank in the Best Picture race is Captain Phillips. Is anyone crowing for the Captain to sail away with Best Picture? Maybe not, or at least not publicly, but it still holds a strong chance and here's why. The snub of Tom Hanks. Out of all the crazy snubs at the nomination announcement, the one that stood out for most Oscar observers was the ludicrous snub of Tom Hanks for Best Actor, who was seen as a sure thing, even in a crowded category. The...

This Oscar race, I thought I'd do something a little different. I found that, for the first time in a long while, all the films nominated for Best Picture really are brilliant movies, and in their own way, each of them somewhat deserves to win Best Picture. So, I thought it best to lay out my thoughts on each one, and make a case for why it should win Best Picture. Being fair, and so as not to reveal my final predicted winner just yet, I will do...

It's that time of year again, when The Jam Report looks back on the year that's been in film, and decides upon the ten best films of the year. 2013 has provided an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing this list, given we've seen one of the best years in recent times. You know you're in for a struggle to pick just ten when your short-list contains over thirty films, and it's meant some painful decisions to cut certain films from this year's list. So without...

I warned you, didn't I? I told you there would be some painful snubs this year, but even I'm taken aback at a number of the Academy's decisions this year. When you have this good a year in film, this is always going to happen. Too many wonderful films, too many amazing performances, too much choice. With only five nominees, it's always going to mean disappointment for some, but we've got more than a few disappointments this year. Alas, let's not be entirely negative. There were some wonderful...

We're just hours away from the announcement of this year's Academy Award nominations. It's always a bittersweet feeling, because all the unknown possibilities and hopeful outcomes are put to rest for another year. There's excitement, but there's also a twinge of sadness. But of course, once the nominations are out, a whole new game of prediction madness begins, so let's take a look at how I think this will all play out tonight. There won't be comments or predictions on who will win. There's still 50 days to...