‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Named Best Picture of 2015 By National Board of Review

Awards season is in full-swing, and one of the biggest honors to kick off the season is a citation from the National Board of Review. This year, all the glory goes to Valhalla, as Mad Max: Fury Road has been named the Best Picture of 2015.

However, George Miller’s epic blockbuster wasn’t the only film to make the cut as an honoree, as the official Top 10 list for 2015 included such critically and commercially acclaimed films as Bridge of Spies, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, Spotlight, The Martian, Room, Sicario and Straight Outta Compton. This is already shaping up to be a compelling Oscar season, as many of the award recipients were surprises. Rather than Johnny Depp (Black Mass) or Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) or even Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs), the National Board of Review went with Matt Damon as Best Actor for The Martian. For Best Actress, Brie Larson earned honors for Room. In the supporting categories, Jennifer Jason Leigh earned Best Supporting Actress for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, while Sylvester Stallone surprised with a big win as Best Supporting Actor for Creed.

Best Director went to Ridley Scott for The Martian, which also earned Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Drew Goddard. Quentin Tarantino, meanwhile, won Best Original Screenplay for The Hateful Eight. All in all, no single film earned a consensus (hell, Mad Max won the top prize, but that was it). So this should probably be one of the more intense Oscar races in recent memory.

Find out who else won big at the National Board of Review by checking out the official press release below:

'Mad Max Fury Road' Named Best Picture of 2015 By National Board of Review

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures


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

Top Films
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

NBR President Annie Schulhof said, “2015 has been a banner year for popular cinema. 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.”

The 2015 William K Everson Film History Award recipient is Cecilia De Mille Presley, the granddaughter of legendary director, Cecil B. DeMille. As Vice Chair of the National Film Preservation Foundation, she has devoted her life to film preservation. In honor of her grandfather’s legacy she has co-authored the book CECIL B. DEMILLE: THE ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD EPIC.

For 106 years, the National Board of Review has dedicated its efforts to the support of domestic and foreign cinema as both art and entertainment. This year, over 250 films (studio, independent, foreign-language, animated, and documentary) were viewed by this select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students. These screenings were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP.

The National Board of Review honors diverse members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which also acts as a fundraiser for student grant philanthropy. Hosted by Willie Geist, this year’s gala will take place on January 5, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

What do you think of this year’s choices? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on awards season, check out the nominees for this year’s Annie Awards!

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