National Board of Review Releases Nominations; Names ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ Best Movie of the Year!

By December 1, 2015

George Miller’s return to Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted best movie of the year by the National Board of Review. Not The Revenant, not Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, no; Mad Max Fury Road is your winner. And I think that’s a fantastic pick by the NBR or National Board of Review – who just under an hour ago, released their nods and winners.

It’s important to mention that ‘The National Board of Review’ is made up of  mostly academics and filmmaker and students, a wide swath of people all over the map – a collection of people who recognize awesome. I mean, how could you not recognize this as anything BUT awesome – they chose an out of left field choice of a movie there. One that I happily agree with. It’s refreshing to see a ‘genre’ pick get the nod.

In doing some digging on this, I looked at Collider’s report and found that the last four of their picks didn’t quite match up with, say, the Academy Awards. The last four were for A Most Violent Year, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and lastly, Hugo. Sure, some were nominated for best picture but that does not assure Mad Max a place in the big dance.

Then again, who knows! I would be tickled pink to see it garner a best picture nomination. That’s why the Academy essentially extended the list of nominations to include as many as ten nominations so never count out Max. 

The rest of the nominations are below and seem to match up well with the word of mouth/audience/box office crowd. It’s really no surprise to me that Ridley Scott won best director for The Martian, with Matt Damon winning best actor for the same. I tend to think the same two, at least with some nominations, will match up come Oscar time. Same goes for Brie Larson, who continues to win raves for her work in Room; and of course, much love has been given to Sly Stallone, who now seems to be a frontrunner for an Academy Award Nomination for Creed. 

All that said, I’m excited to see what we will be getting with all the major award ceremonies after the new year. I believe the NBR nods are a good and decent gauge for all that.

Here are the rest:

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 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

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