The event that traditionally kicks off the Hollywood awards season produced the season’s first major surprise. Reuters reports that the National Board of Review named “Mad Max: Fury Road” as the best film of 2015.
The New York-based organization’s annual awards list is considered to be the first event of the awards season, which continues for three months and concludes with the Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 28. The National Board of Review, which has a habit of going against mainstream trends, will present its awards Jan. 5 at a ceremony in New York.
“The 100-year-old organization, which comprises academics, filmmakers, students and professionals, chose popular fare such as boxing movie ‘Creed,’ rap music film ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ Catholic Church sex abuse tale ‘Spotlight’ and psychological thriller ‘Room’ among its top films of the year,” Reuters reports.
Matt Damon won best actor for “The Martian,” with the movie’s director, Ridley Scott, winning a best director award. Brie Larson won best actress for “Room.”
Jennifer Jason Leigh was named best supporting actress for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming “The Hateful Eight,” and Sylvester Stallone took best supporting actor for “Creed.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Charlize Theron, “won warm reviews and has made some $376 million at the box office worldwide but it has not been seen as a likely contender for major awards such as the Oscars or Golden Globes,” the report notes.
Here’s the official main trailer for “Mad Max: Fury Road”: