Mad Max: Fury Road has been named Best Film of 2015 by the National Board of Review.
The 2015 awards season is officially under way and Mad Max: Fury Road is the first big winner on what should be an exciting road to the Oscars – will we see Mad Max: Fury Road in the Oscar mix come the start of 2016? I guess we are going to have to wait and see.
Mad Max: Fury Road was the first film in this franchise since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome back in 1985 as Tom Hardy took over the title role. The movie also saw George Miller return to the director’s chair and have a hand in penning the screenplay.
It has already been one of the most acclaimed films of the year and now the awards have started to roll in.
The Martian was another big winner as it scooped Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, and Drew Goddard.
The Hateful Eight scooped Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay for Jennifer Jason Leigh and Quentin Tarantino. Brie Larson was also named Best Actress for her performance in Room – a movie that will be released in the UK early next year.
Inside Out is widely regarded as the red hot favourite for the Best Animated Feature Oscar and the Pixar movie was awarded this prize by the National Board of Review. Son of Saul was named Best Foreign Language Film and Amy was awarded Best Documentary.
Here is a full list of winners from the 2015 National Board of Review awards:
- Best Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Director: Ridley Scott – The Martian
- Best Actor: Matt Damon – The Martian
- Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room
- Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – Creed
- Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
- Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Drew Goddard – The Martian
- Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
- Breakthrough Performance: Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay – Room
- Best Directorial Debut: Jonas Carpignano – Mediterranea
- Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
- Best Documentary: Amy
- William K. Everson Film History Award: Cecilia De Mille Presley
- Best Ensemble: The Big Short
- Spotlight Award: Sicario for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
- NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Beasts of No Nation & Mustang
- Bridge of Spies
- The Hateful Eight
- Inside Out
- The Martian
- Straight Outta Compton
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
- Goodnight Mommy
- The Second Mother
- The Tribe
Top 5 Documentaries
- Best of Enemies
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- The Diplomat
- Listen to Me Marlon
- The Look of Silence
Top 10 Independent Films
- 45 Years
- Cop Car
- Ex Machina
- It Follows
- James White
- Mississippi Grind
- Welcome to Me
- While We’re Young