Mad Max film award creates Oscar buzz

2 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mad Max: Fury Road.

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Board of Review threw a fireball into Hollywood’s awards season, naming the rollicking apocalyptic adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road” the best film of 2015. 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. “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 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). An award for best ensemble to Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” — featuring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt — will surely add star power to the gala. The group awarded best documentary to the Amy Winehouse film “Amy”; best animated film to Pixar’s “Inside Out”; and best foreign language film to the Holocaust drama “Son of Saul.” The Mexican drug war thriller “Sicario” was singled out for the “spotlight award” for its “collaborative vision.”

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