The National Board of Review has named Mad Max: Fury Road the best film of the year.
All is right in the world: Mad Max: Fury Road continues to reap the fruits of victory it deserves.
In September, George Miller’s masterpiece was named best film of the (fiscal) year by the International Federation of Film Critics, and now, the National Board of Review has bestowed it the same honor.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that while Fury Road won the big prize, it did not walk away with any other awards.
Ridley Scott was named best director for The Martian; the movie also scored wins for Matt Damon (best actor) and Drew Goddard (best adapted screenplay).
The best actress prize went to Brie Larson for Room. Beasts of No Nation and the French film Mustang shared the NBR Freedom of Expression award.
Notably, assumed Oscar favorites Carol, Anomalisa, Straight Outta Compton and The Danish Girl were not recognized by the National Board of Review.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is another notable absence, although for good reason: Disney is choosing to forego part of the awards race in an attempt to keep the movie’s plot details under wraps.
Mad Max: Fury Road was released in May of this year, but continues to delight audiences. Are these awards enough to keep the momentum going until Oscar season, giving it a chance in the Best Picture game? We’ll have to wait and see!
Fury Road starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, with Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Riley Keough.