Mad Max tops NBR’s extremely cool best films of 2015 list
Hollywood’s award season was kicked off with the National Board of review naming Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film of the year, a move that surprised many.
Space drama The Martian won a best actor award for Matt Damon and best director for Ridley Scott and was also named one of the nine top films of the year.
But Oscar hopefuls were left empty handed by the Board of Review, which has a history of going against the mainstream. These included Steve Jobs, a film about Apple Inc’s co-founder, Irish immigrant saga Brooklyn and Jennifer Lawrence’s much anticipated Joy.
Instead, the 100-year-old organisation, which comprises academics, filmmakers, students and professionals, chose popular fare such as boxing movie Creed, rap music film Straight Outta Compton, Catholic Church sex abuse tale Spotlight and psychological thriller Room among its top films of the year.
Sylvester Stallone was named best supporting actor for his role in Creed, a sequel to his hit Rocky movies, while Brie Larson took the best actress award for playing an abducted mother in Room.
Quentin Tarantino’s yet-to-be-released drama The Hateful Eight also fared well. It was included in the best-of-the-year list and won best screenplay as well as supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The Board of Review is known for its sometimes idiosyncratic picks. Last year it chose the small independent drama A Most Violent Year as its best film of 2014.
This year’s winner Mad Max: Fury Road, directed by Australian George Miller, starred Charlize Theron as a rebel leader in a post-apocalyptic future. The movie won warm reviews and has made some $376 million at the box office worldwide but it has not been seen as a likely contender for major awards such as the Oscars or Golden Globes.
“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,” Board of Review President Annie Schulhof said in a statement.
The Board of Review will present its awards at a ceremony in New York on Jan. 5. The Hollywood awards season runs for three months and ends with the Oscar ceremony in Hollywood on Feb. 28.
Here’s the complete list of winners
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
Straight Outta Compton
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
The Second Mother
Top 5 Documentaries
Best of Enemies
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
Top 10 Independent Films
Welcome to Me
While We’re Young