Max, “Martian,” “Spotlight” Early Award Winners

The first real award winners of the season have been announced as so far it has been some excellent choices. The National Board of Review today has named “Mad Max: Fury Road” as the best film of 2015, a very welcome surprise as the movie is considered a longshot in some circles. It wasn’t the biggest winner of the night, that was “The Martian” which took best director, actor (Matt Damon) and adapted screenplay.

“The Hateful Eight” nabbed best screenplay and supporting actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), “Room” scored best actress (Brie Larson), and “Creed” nabbed best supporting actor (Sylvester Stallone). The kid stars of both “Beasts of No Nation” and “Room” nabbed breakthrough performance awards, “Inside Out” won best animated feature, “Amy” scored best documentary, “Son of Saul” best foreign language film. “Mediterranea,” “The Big Short” and “Sicario” also took home awards.

This follows on from “Spotlight” taking the top honors at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night. That film won best feature and best screenplay, with the ensemble cast also receiving a special Gotham jury award. Another big winner was “Tangerine” which scored the audience award and a nod for breakthrough actor.

Other winners included Paul Dano (“Love and Mercy”) for best actor, Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) for best actress, “The Look of Silence” for best documentary, and “Mr. Robot” for best TV series.

That isn’t all though. Filmmaker John Waters has announced his Top Ten list which includes: Helmet Burger: Actor, Cinderella, The Forbidden Room, Tom at the Farm, Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Tangerine, Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit and Love.

Source: THR & Variety