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National Board of Review name Mad Max: Fury Road their movie of the year. Fair enough.

December 2nd, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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It may not feature strongly in the Oscars conversations in coming week, but the National Board of Review has named George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road as the best movie of 2015.

The post-apocalyptic masterpiece, starringTom Hardy and Charlize Theron, was a box office hit and was lauded by critics upon its release in May. It is expected to be nominated for several more awards — but whether it manages to get a Best Picture nod from the Academy remains to be seen.

Ridley Scott was named best director for The Martian, while acting awards went to Matt Damon for The Martian, Brie Larson for Room, Sylvester Stallone for Creed and Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight.

We love Mad Max: Fury Road here at, so of course we’re excited to see the film getting the recognition it deserves. Unfortunately, those who are hoping to see Fury Road nominated for the Oscar, the National Board and its illustrious counterpart rarely agree.  Indeed, the two have agreed only twice before (on No Country For Old Men in 2007 and on Slumdog Millionaire, in 2008).

A complete list of this year’s winners follows.

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 DeMille 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

Source: Squareeyed

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.