Oh, what a lovely day indeed for Mad Max: Fury Road. The National Board of Review has announced its 2015 award winners, naming George Miller’s Fury Road the best film of the year.
The Martian earned the most awards with three, including Best Director for Ridley Scott, Best Actor for Matt Damon, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Drew Goddard.
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“2015 has been a banner year for popular cinema,” NBR president Annie Schulhof said in a release. “We are thrilled to be awarding George Miller and Ridley Scott, two iconic filmmakers at the top of their game, while also celebrating the next generation of talent.”
Brie Larson brought home the Best Actress award for her role in Room, and her costar Jacob Tremblay shared a Breakthrough Performance award with Abraham Attah from Beasts of No Nation. The Hateful Eight earned two awards: Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh. Sylvester Stallone was named Best Supporting Actor for Creed.
The Mad Max NBR honor raises questions about the film’s Oscar chances, and as awards season approaches, some have wondered whether George Miller’s action epic could earn a Best Picture nod. The NBR has a mixed record when it comes to predicting Best Picture winners, and since 2000, an NBR Best Film has only gone on to win an Oscar for Best Picture twice (No Country for Old Men in 2007 and Slumdog Millionaire in 2008). Last year’s NBR winner, A Most Violent Year, didn’t even snag a Best Picture nomination. Out of last year’s 11 NBR selections, only six went on to earn an Oscar nomination in the same category.
See the complete list of NBR winners below.
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
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