National Board Of Review Awards 2015: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Named Best Film, 'The Martian' Grabs Three Awards & More [VIDEO]
The movie awards season is upon us. Ahead of the Oscars and People's Choice, the National Board of Review recently announced their winners, awarding Mad Max: Fury Road as this year's best film.
The film collective has been endowing its expertise in the industry for over 100 years. That's why it comes as no surprise that the organization's best bets often win big in other awards.
Now that Mad Max won the collective's approval, the rest of the world is wondering whether it's going to raise the film's chances of winning in the Oscars as Best Picture. Beyond the visual feast and cinematic prowess, TIME is quick to quip that it's not for these obvious reasons that George Miller's action epic caught the eye of NBR. The movie's cultural relevance and its strong statement on feminisms is what made it stood out.
The Martian took home three awards namely director for Ridley Scott, lead actor for Matt Damon and adapted screenplay for Drew Goddard. The sci-fi blockbuster hit over a $400 million global mark, and with good reason.
"2015 has been a banner year for popular cinema," NBR president Annie Schulhof said in an official statement "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 also bagged the best actress award in the film, Room thanks to her flawless portrayal of a woman held captive in a tight space with her son.
Despite the unrelenting controversy and his clash with the police, Quentin Tarantino has something to be happy about as well. Apart from receiving the NBR award for best original screenplay, Jennifer Jason Leigh received supporting actress honors as a fugitive in the Tarantino western film.
Here's the full list of NBR 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 and Mustang
Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight
Straight Outta Compton
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
The Second Mother
Top 5 Documentaries
Best of Enemies
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence
Top 10 Independent Films
Welcome to Me
While We're Young
The NBR awards will be given to the winners on Jan. 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.