National Board of Review goes for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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The National Board of Review, not the most consistent for matching up with what happens at the Academy Awards although they did fairly well last year, have awarded George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road with its Best Film award. This film deserves it and proves that a big budget action film can have substance, ferociousness, real action, and a story that delivers in more fantastic ways than one. This was a great and somewhat radical choice going with a gutsy action flick like Mad Max, but it was worth it and I applaud the NBR for going this route.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian scored big with wins in the Best Director (solid boost for Scott), Best Actor (really good boost for Damon) and Best Adapted Screenplay fields. The Martian, a good film but nothing as great as what as led to the apeshit craziness of love it has been seeing. Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay and Jennifer Jason Leigh won  Best Supporting Actress. She will most likely get nominated and if Tarantino gets nominated anywhere at the Oscars, it will be in this category.

Nothing for The Revenant or Joy, but I am assuming they did not screen for this group of more populist friendly critics just yet. They do like to be first before the big critics start unveiling their awards. I expect that both of these will be huge at the Academy Awards, no matter how violent the former is. I mean, that kiss the hell of Tarantino’s ass and his films are ridiculously bloody and violent. The season is on!!!

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

Photo credits by Indiewire.

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