Film News: Chicago Film Critics Association Names ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ as 2015 Best Picture

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CHICAGO – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the hyper-driven artistic achievement by director George Miller, was designated Best Picture of 2015 by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), at a ceremony on December 16th. George Miller was also honored as Best Director, and “Mad Max” received five total honors.

Mad Max: Fury Road
’Mad Max: Fury Road,’ Honored as Best Picture by the Chicago Film Critics Association
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

There were 17 categories of film excellence selected by the CFCA, including acting, directing, screenplay, production elements and score, plus documentary, animated and foreign language films. Two of the more unique categories are Most Promising Performer and Filmmaker, which honors outstanding newcomers. Child Actor Jacob Tremblay took home performer honors, for his searing and unforgettable performance in “Room,” and writer/director Alex Garland took the filmmaker nod with “Ex Machina.”

Rounding out the rest of the major awards, Leonardo DiCaprio was honored as Best Actor for “The Revenant,” with Brie Larson taking Best Actress for “Room.” Surprises included the Best Supporting Actress category, with Alicia Vikander getting the nod for “Ex Machina,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” cleaning up all of the major production categories – editing, art direction/production design and cinematography.

The Chicago Film Critics Association is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The complete list of 2015 honorees are as follows…

StarBest Picture
Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Director
George Miller—Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Actress
Brie Larson–Room

StarBest Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio—The Revenant

StarBest Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander—Ex Machina

StarBest Supporting Actor
Benicio Del Toro—Sicario

StarBest Original Screenplay
Spotlight—Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

StarBest Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short—Adam McKay & Charles Randolph

StarBest Foreign Language Film
Son of Saul

StarBest Documentary

StarBest Animated Feature
Inside Out

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Cinematography
Mad Max: Fury Road—John Seale

StarBest Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road—Jason Ballantine & Margaret Sixel

StarBest Original Score
The Hateful Eight—Ennio Morricone

StarMost Promising Performer
Jacob Tremblay—Room

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Alex Garland—Ex Machina

For more information about the 2015 film honorees and the Chicago Film Critics Association, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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