The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, a no-profit American organisation that endorse art and merit in the movie industry and is dedicated to the protection of the freedom of expression in movies, has announced the winners of the NBR’s award.
The association has named Mad Max: Fury Road the Best Film of the Year, honouring director George Miller and writers Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris with the most important award to be received from the NBR. Although it was the top prize, it was also the only one won by the post-apocalyptic movie, starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
Bringing home multiple NBR awards were movies that span the most diverse genres and themes, and saw the participation of well known and established actors, as well as new and young discoveries. The critical and commercial success The Martian, science fiction adaptation of Andy Weir‘s 2011 omonymous novel, which won the Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Actor (Matt Damon), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Drew Goddard) categories.
Other multiple winners were Lenny Abrahamson‘s Room, which won the awards for Best Actress (Brie Larson) and Best Breakthrough Performance, for Jacob Tremblay‘s performance, award shared with Abraham Attah, from Beasts of No Nation. The latter also won the prestigious NBR Freedom of Expression Award, shared with Mustang, French movie submitted by its country for Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film selection.
Finally, The Hateful Eight, the latest Quentin Tarantino‘s work, brought home two awards, one for Best Original Screenplay and the other for Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh’s performance. Among the NBR winners there also Asif Kapadia‘s Amy (Best Documentary), Sylvester Stallone (Best Supporting Actor for Creed), and Inside Out (Best Animated Feature). The National Board of Review will also honour members of the film community at their annual Awards Gala, which will take place on January 5, 2016.