National Board of Review Names ‘Mad Max’ the Year’s Best Film

National Board Of Review

The National Board of Review has named the dystopian-future blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road the best film of the year, while the box office goliath The Martian grabbed three awards, taking best actor for Matt Damon, best director for Ridley Scott and best adapted screenplay for Drew Goddard.

Room, The Hateful Eight and Beasts of No Nation were also listed as multiple NBR award winners, but a number of Oscar hopefuls were shut out, including Steve Jobs, Spotlight, Carol, Joy, Concussion, The Revenant, Anomalisa, Bridge of Spies, Truth and Tangerine.

In the last decade, the organisation has a spotty record at crystalballing the Oscars, with No Country for Old Men in 2007 and Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. However, last year’s winner, A Most Violent Year, was the first NBR winner in 15 years that was completely snubbed by the Oscars.

Here are the full list of this year’s 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
Creed
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight
The Martian
Room
Sicario
Straight Outta Compton

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
Goodnight Mommy
Mediterranea
Phoenix
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
’71
45 Years
Cop Car
Ex Machina
Grandma
It Follows
James White
Mississippi Grind
Welcome to Me
While We’re Young

Source: National Board of Review