'Mad Max: Fury Road' Named Best Film By National Board of Review

Charlize Theron in "Mad Max: Fury Road"
Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Mad Max: Fury Road” was named as the year’s Best Film by the National Board of Review, it was announced Tuesday.

The action film directed by George Miller and starring Charlize Theron won the award program’s top honor, besting a list of the year’s top 10 films that were also recognized by NBR that included a mixed bag of hit films like “The Martian,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Inside Out.”

NBR president Annie Schulhof said in a release that it has been a “banner year for popular cinema.” “We are thrilled to be awarding George Miller and Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), two iconic filmmakers at the top of their game, while also celebrating the next generation of talent.”

The National Board Of Review annually chooses winners in many categories, including acting, directing, writing, and a best movie of the year, in addition to a list of the year’s top 10 film. Critics, professionals, teachers, historians and students are among the members who determine honorees.

The award winners were announced ahead of the ceremony held on Jan. 5, hosted by Willie Geist.

See the list of winners below:

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
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
The Martian
Straight Outta Compton

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