National Board of Review Confirms What We Already Know: Mad Max: Fury Road is THE BEST

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How awesome is Mad Max: Fury Road? It’s so awesome that it can be named Best Film by the National Board of Review having not won any other awards. It’s like, Yeah, yeah, these other movies have great directors and writers and actors and stuff…but this movie is just SO MUCH COOLER!

Mad Max: Fury Road has beat out films like The Martian, The Hateful Eight, and Beasts of No Nation for the top spot, even though The Martian won three awards, including Best Director, and The Hateful Eight won Best Original Screenplay. I guess the National Board of Review loves them some doof warriors:

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So, who is this Board, you ask? The National Board of Review is a non-profit that was established in 1909 and is made up of knowledgeable film enthusiasts, professionals, academics, young filmmakers and students. So… pretty much anyone remotely interested in film? (Like, could I be a member? How does that even work? *scurries away to look it up*)


Anyway, here’s the full 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

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

It’s cool to see so many genre films being recognized! We love us some Inside Out, Ex Machina, and The Martian, and it’s cool to see female-led films like Sicario and Room get so much attention as well. The NBR awards will be presented in New York City on January 5th.

And the National Board of Review isn’t the only organization that is hyped about this movie. The International Federation of Film Critics named it Best Film a couple of months ago. So, do you think that Mad Max: Fury Road has a shot at an Oscar? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!

(via Deadline Awards Line)

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