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National Board of Review Announces 2015 Award Winners

Mad Max: Fury Road is named Best Film of the Year.

by | December 1, 2015 | Comments

The NBR announced today the 2015 winners of the National Board of Review Awards. Read through for the full list.


Best Film:  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 97%
Best Director:  Ridley Scott – The Martian (2015) 91%
Best Actor:  Matt Damon – The Martian (2015) 91%
Best Actress: Brie Larson – Room (2015) 93%
Best Supporting Actor:  Sylvester Stallone – Creed (2015) 95%
Best Supporting Actress:  Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight (2015) 74%
Best Original Screenplay:  Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight (2015) 74%
Best Adapted Screenplay:  Drew Goddard – The Martian (2015) 91%
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (2015) 98%
Breakthrough Performance:  Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation (2015) 92% & Jacob Tremblay – Room (2015) 93%
Best Directorial Debut:  Jonas Carpignano – Mediterranea (2015) 90%
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (2015) 96%
Best Documentary: Amy (2015) 95%
William K. Everson Film History Award:  Cecilia De Mille Presley
Best Ensemble:  The Big Short (2015) 88%
Spotlight Award: Sicario (2015) 92%, for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
NBR Freedom of Expression Award:  Beasts of No Nation (2015) 92% & Mustang (2015) 97%


Top Films


Top 5 Foreign Language Films


Top 5 Documentaries


Top 10 Independent Films


A Gala will be held on January 5, 2016 to honor the winners.

  • Paul Bulger

    Seriously? Ridley Scott for best director and Matt Damon for best actor? It’d be nice to know who else was in contention, because I’m not understanding a lot of these choices in the slightest.

    • Dr.Malicious, MD

      They were up against a log and an eggplant.

  • Arsene Kuri

    have they seen star wars? hateful eight? the revenant?

    • Brendan Ouimet

      Star Wars hasn’t even come out yet, how can you be sure it will be good?

      • Arsene Kuri

        You obviously missed the point of my comment

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      Of course they’ve seen THE HATEFUL EIGHT. That’s why it won in some categories.

      • Arsene Kuri

        my bad

  • WTFITBS

    A bit premature since Star Wars hasn’t even come out yet. While Fury Road could possibly be the best action film or best cinematography, the best film for 2015 can’t reasonably be determined until late January.

    • niooed22

      Star Wars is being intentionally kept out of sight to avoid spoilers. That’s why they’re not talking about it here.

      • Bradly Martin

        I want to believe that but there have been so many freaking trailers, toys, biographies of all the characters involved… What’s to spoil? It’s a star wars movie?

        • niooed22

          I don’t know; ask Disney; they themselves confirmed that they’re holding it back for that reason: http://moviepilot.com/posts/3649760.

          • Bradly Martin

            I think they are holding back “surprises” as in there isn’t really anything that will surprise anyone or any kind of an epic twist (especially not on the fan theory scales) but pretending like there is, thats good marketing.

        • Brendan Ouimet

          It’s practically just like A New Hope so there’s really nothing to spoil anymore

    • Captain Megaton

      Movies are submitted by studios for contention. Hateful Eight was screened even though it is not released yet. Star Wars almost certainly was not – no way Disney would risk a leak.

    • aNYagenda

      Thats a logical enough argument,
      but does jj wars really look very good?

      is jj abrams really as talented as I’m supposed to think he is?

      Although thats not to say that it wont be as “good” as fury road,
      which wasn’t all that good either.

  • Rob

    Personally, I think Mad Max: Fury Road is way overrated. A few fun ideas but not much of a story and characters that I didn’t really care about.

    • Brandon MacLeod

      blah blah blah story blah blah characters. I’ve heard it all before and I still think it’s the best film of 2015. Now please shut up.

      • Mr_Rogers

        Mad Max: Fury Road is an infantile movie for an infantile audience. Brandon’s “argument” proves this point.

        • Bradly Martin

          Blah Blah Blah infentile Blah blah Blah Charleze Theron is amazing Blah blah blah Tom Hardy’s performance in The Drop was a way better performance then him as Max blah blah blah most actioned packed film of the year and what’s wrong with actually enjoying a movie for once?

        • Brandon MacLeod

          Typical idiot. Watched Fury Road once and then made this decision that it’s apparently bad. It’s the exact opposite of bad. Maybe you should watch it again and really try to understand that there is a story but it’s not told in the traditional way of storytelling. Can one of you idiots actually come up with a good argument as to why the film is bad because the film is actually amazing due to the action and the cinematography. That’s what an action film is all about. People liked Speed and that film only had a basic premise for a story but people liked it because that’s all it needed. It only needed a basic premise to drive the action forward and that’s what an action film is supposed to be. So Fury Road 100% deserved best film of the year and you idiots need to educate yourself on what a good action film is. Here’s a hint, story is not the most important element of an action movie.

          • phylos

            “you idiots need to educate yourself

            hahaha… Oh, the irony. Yep, you’re definitely the kind of person this movie was for.

          • Brandon MacLeod

            Thank you for proving my point. You idiots clearly saw it once and then made the conclusion that it’s just dumb action. Maybe if you watched it again and paid closer attention to it then maybe you’d realize that it’s not simply dumb action. Although instead of watching it again, you’re probably going to say something stupid.

          • phylos

            I watched it twice, it is simply dumb action.

            However, I never said that a movie being merely dumb action was a bad thing, now did I? It works for FR.

            But that wasn’t my point anyway. My point is that it’s ironic that someone who can’t even write properly has the gall to call anyone else an idiot.

          • Brandon MacLeod

            It’s not just dumb action. It really excels at telling a story through the action and the subtlety of the world. Within the first 10 minutes you instantly understand how this world works without anyone explaining how things work. That’s some amazing world building.

          • phylos

            Yeah, few things quite as subtle as a guy with no face playing a giant guitar in front of even bigger woofers during a car chase.

          • Brandon MacLeod

            Do you want me to name all the subtle moments which really add to the world building?

          • phylos

            hahaha be my guest.
            Pointing them out still won’t mean that the movie isn’t just a simplistic action movie, though.
            And pointing them out still won’t mean you aren’t an idiot who can’t write properly, but still so hilariously unaware you think you have the ethos to call everyone else idiots.

          • Brandon MacLeod

            Stop thinking you are right. You’re not right just because you think you’re right. And I’m not wrong just because you think I’m wrong. You need to understand that you’re acting like a huge hipster right now.

          • phylos

            “Stop thinking you are right. You’re not right just because you think you’re right. And I’m not wrong just because you think I’m wrong.”

            How odd, that’s what pretty much everyone in this discussion has tried to tell you. How stupidly unaware can a person be?

      • sprode

        OH god someone disagreed with me and I have no reasons to defend my opinion.

      • Dr.Malicious, MD

        Or how about you shut up…you’re not the only one entitled to an opinion…

        • Brandon MacLeod

          Well my reasons for my opinion are not the dumbest reasons ever. I mean seriously? It’s a bad film because of the story? Have you morons never watched another action film before? Find me one action film that has a strong and deep story. An action film isn’t supposed to tell a deep story in the traditional way. Fury Road told the story through the action and the subtlety of the world and it’s told in that way because it’s supposed to drive the action forward because that’s what action movies are. Go watch a drama if you want a deep story told in the traditional way and I’ll stick with this movie which tells a story in a different way. So please stop acting like an idiot and please see my side of the argument. If you don’t like these kinds of movies then that’s fine but please understand that it is a good movie and please understand why other people may love this film.

          • Rob

            Brandon, if you want people to take your opinion seriously you might want to try discussing it in a civil manner. Calling people morons and idiots and telling them to shut up is neither respectful nor civil.

          • Brandon MacLeod

            Well I tried to be civil but these haters are simply still continue to act like idiots. I asked them to tell me why this movie is just dumb action and they continued to say stupid things.

      • aNYagenda

        ” I’ve heard it all before and I still think it’s the best film of 2015.”

        But you’re still a fool and incorrect.

        • Brandon MacLeod

          Typical idiot. Thinking opinions are fact. Well if you’re going to play that game then I’ll go ahead and say that you’re the fool and that you’re incorrect. Fury Road is a masterpiece and you are going to have to accept that fact. Or maybe you won’t and you’ll continue to cry over the fact that you have the unpopular opinion and most people would disagree with you. But continue believing whatever silly thing you want to believe you idiot.

    • Gordo

      Same. I loved the movie when I saw it, and still think it’s good, but it’s not the best movie of the year. The plot really isn’t that strong, it’s just a lot of fun.

      • Captain Megaton

        If it helps, the awards are on technical merit, rather than how much you or even the judges “liked” the film.

        Think of the film in terms of editing (whip smart), cinematography (wow!), effects, props, everything else that goes into the blender to make a film, and perhaps it will make more sense. I also think it deserves immense credit for encoding the motivations for all the characters into the action, without spelling it out in dialogue.

        (I really enjoyed the movie, and I’m not even such a huge fan of the original movies.)

        • aNYagenda

          “…and I’m not even such a huge fan of the original movies.”

          Of course you’re not.
          You’re not into post apocalyptic road chase movies.

          You’re into something else.

        • phylos

          verything else that goes into the blender to make a film

          How does that explain it losing absolutely every category, except the one it won? That it excelled in everything that makes a movie a movie doesn’t seem congruous with that.

          Not to mention that the screenplay and acting were barely serviceable anyways.

      • aNYagenda

        Its actually really shallow and filled with plot holes.

        The art design and practical stunts were very good, but doesn’t that sound more like a technical demo then “best film”.

        Of course we all know why it really gets an award.

        The same way obama won a nobel prize.

        • Not Pantene

          Please tell everyone why. Thanks in advance.

    • Dr.Malicious, MD

      Its because it was feminist.

      • aNYagenda

        What awful people.

        What does feminist mean?

        It just seems to be chicks complaining about all the things they want people to give them for free.

        • SnidgetAsphodel

          Love how people who know NOTHING about feminism are the ones bashing it. Ignorance breeds stupidity.

          • Sabretruthtiger

            Actually the ones that know nothing about feminism are the ones promoting it. The third wave feminists are crazy, man-hating, frothing nasty misandrists who don’t want equality (true feminism) they want domination over men and to (unknowingly) push the central banking social engineering divide and conquer agenda.

    • Brohn Orpheo

      That’s the whole point of the movie. It’s really refreshing because the plot is simple and different from what we usually see. I also like that there are equal male and female protagonists.

      • aNYagenda

        “I also like that there are equal male and female protagonists.”

        You were supposed to.
        Personally I find political agendas masquerading as entertainment offensive.

        Its drags the whole movie down to unrealistically pretend that 5 chicks are defeating 5 gun toting flame throwing armies just through the power of their progressiveness.

        They would be needing a media monopoly and an army of lawyers and police to hide behind to pull off that trick in the real world.

      • phylos

        It’s really refreshing because the plot is simple and different from what we usually see

        Are you saying that MM:FR is for idiots who need simplistic plots? That doesn’t make the movie any favors, does it?
        It is not perfect, no movie is perfect because this things are done by humans, not even Citizen Kane is. You can admit that the movie had a simplistic plot and still love it; nobody is going to hold that against you. Well, nobody reasonable anyways and trolls are not worth paying attention to.

  • Brendan Ouimet

    Inside Out is overrated. It doesn’t even make sense, the emotions practically control the girl

    • Pedro Henrique Vilela Santos

      I agree,i think both the little prince and peanuts movie are cleary better

      • Brendan Ouimet

        Sean the Sheep was even given a better rating. Another example of Disney bias

  • Joe Eoj

    Fury Road was the worst movie I’d seen since World War Z and was almost as bad as Hellraiser 2.

  • Ryan

    It was 1. Sicario 2. Mad Max 3. Ex Machina 4. The Martian for me !

    • cuckoozey

      Mine:

      1. Sicario
      2. Mad Max: Fury Road
      3. Beasts Of No Nation
      4. Ex Machina
      5. Shaun The Sheep: The Movie

  • Pedro Henrique Vilela Santos

    in my opnion both the little prince and the peanuts movie are better movies than inside out,Fury road also shouldnt be the best movie

  • phylos

    heh, it’s hilarious how Fury Road wasn’t even considered in absolutely any other category but still won best movie. Talk about consolation prize…

  • Jermac

    I don’t know, Sicario was good but definitely not my number one….

    For me it was:

    Mad Max
    Sicario
    Martian

    HOPEFULLY Revenant and Force Awakens to add to that

  • Sabretruthtiger

    What a joke, Fury Road was an extremely average film with great production values.

    The reason it won is the same reason many films get fawned over on RT. It was a giant piece of liberal propaganda. The man taking a back seat while the butch feminist hero comes to the fore amidst a dystopian setting that pushes the global warming hysteria (desert water is scarce).
    It’s the standard replacement and degradation of iconic male heroes by women.

    It really wasn’t the best film at all, I tried to like it but gave up 2 thirds of the way through.

    • HMS

      You think a movie where the leader of a gang has women hooked up to breast milking machines to be liberal propaganda? You think a movie where the gang leader has a vehicle completely devoted to morale boosting by having a person playing a guitar that shoots flames to be liberal propaganda? The very same gang leader who uses women untouched by radiation as breeders is liberal propaganda? I can go on but it sounds like you’ve already made up your mind.
      You said the movie pushed the global warming hysteria because desert water is scarce. Wow, who knew that clean water would be scarce in a desert or wasteland…. Are you even familiar with the Mad Max movies? The reason for the wasteland and radiation is not because of global warming. It is because of war involving nuclear weapons.
      If you hated Fury Road, you must completely despise Terminator 2.
      You definitely have issues. I hope you seek help and/or grow up and treat everyone with respect regardless of their gender.

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    How can MAD MAX: FURY ROAD win Best Film but loose in every other category?

  • Rick Dinson

    1. Mad Max Fury Road
    2. The Revenant
    3. Bridge of Spies
    4. Mission Impossible Rogue Nation
    5. Inside Out
    6. Sicario
    7. Creed
    8. Ex Machina
    9. Straight Outta Compton
    10. Spotlight

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