Mad Max: Fury Road Leads 2016 Critics Choice Nominees

George Miller talks Mad Max: Fury Road sequels

As the end of 2015 quickly approaches, Hollywood is in the thick of its annual award season, with various projects putting together "for your consideration" campaigns in an effort to bring home a trophy or two. And this year, that goes beyond the typical "Oscar bait" dramas that usually dominate nomination lists. Some of 2015's most acclaimed blockbusters are leaving an impression on the awards circuit.

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road is one such instance, having already been named the year's best movie by the National Board of Review. It also earned two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Director. While fans wait to see if it can crack the Academy's Best Picture list this winter, the film has taken another organization by storm: the Critics Choice Awards.

Today, it was announced that Fury Road led all nominees with 13 nods for the Critics Choice Awards. Key categories include Best Picture, Best Director (Miller), Best Actress in an Action Movie (Charlize Theron), Best Actor in an Action Movie (Tom Hardy), and Best Sci-Fi Horror Movie. Other top performers include familiar titles to those following this year's awards circuit: Carol (9 nominations), The Martian (9), The Revenant (9), and Spotlight (8).

It will be interesting to see if Mad Max (or any of its mainstream brethren for that matter) will be able to parlay its success with the Oscar precursors into a strong showing when the Academy unveils its own nominations in January. Each group has its own preferences, but there's typically some overlap and when certain films keep popping up on a variety of lists, they essentially become a lock come Oscar time. Mad Max's odds for a Best Picture mention keep getting better by the day.

Charlize Theron as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road

Obviously, Mad Max does not need the boost of an awards platform (it made $375.8 million worldwide), but it would be nice if the Academy expanded its horizons to include some populist choices. Last year's ceremony scored some of the lowest television ratings in recent memory, in large part due to the limited appeal of the Best Picture nominees. Having the likes of Mad MaxThe Martian, and others be a part of the event would be a great way to bring more people in - even if they don't have the best chances of winning the top prize. Especially in a year that lacks a clear frontrunner (though Spotlight is beginning to emerge), it certainly wouldn't hurt the Oscars to include more commercial fare in an expanded field.

There are sure to be more twists and turns as awards season rolls on. In the meantime, check out the full list of Critics Choice nominees and see how many of your favorites made it:

MOVIEBEST PICTUREThe Big ShortBridge of SpiesBrooklynCarolMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantRoomSicarioSpotlightBEST ACTORBryan Cranston – TrumboMatt Damon – The MartianJohnny Depp – Black MassLeonardo DiCaprio – The RevenantMichael Fassbender – Steve JobsEddie Redmayne – The Danish GirlBEST ACTRESSCate Blanchett – CarolBrie Larson – RoomJennifer Lawrence – JoyCharlotte Rampling – 45 YearsSaoirse Ronan – BrooklynCharlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury RoadBEST SUPPORTING ACTORPaul Dano – Love & MercyTom Hardy – The RevenantMark Ruffalo – SpotlightMark Rylance – Bridge of SpiesMichael Shannon – 99 HomesSylvester Stallone – CreedBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSJennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful EightRooney Mara – CarolRachel McAdams – SpotlightHelen Mirren – TrumboAlicia Vikander – The Danish GirlKate Winslet – Steve JobsBEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESSAbraham Attah – Beasts of No NationRJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying GirlShameik Moore – DopeMilo Parker – Mr. HolmesJacob Tremblay – RoomBEST ACTING ENSEMBLEThe Big ShortThe Hateful EightSpotlightStraight Outta ComptonTrumboBEST DIRECTORTodd Haynes – CarolAlejandro González Iñárritu – The RevenantTom McCarthy – SpotlightGeorge Miller – Mad Max: Fury RoadRidley Scott – The MartianSteven Spielberg – Bridge of SpiesBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYMatt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of SpiesAlex Garland – Ex MachinaQuentin Tarantino – The Hateful EightPete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside OutJosh Singer and Tom McCarthy – SpotlightBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYCharles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big ShortNick Hornby – BrooklynDrew Goddard – The MartianEmma Donoghue – RoomAaron Sorkin – Steve JobsBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYCarol – Ed LachmanThe Hateful Eight – Robert RichardsonMad Max: Fury Road – John SealeThe Martian – Dariusz WolskiThe Revenant – Emmanuel LubezkiSicario – Roger DeakinsBEST PRODUCTION DESIGNBridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngeloBrooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise TremblayCarol – Judy Becker, Heather LoefflerThe Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael StandishMad Max: Fury Road – Colin GibsonThe Martian – Arthur Max, Celia BobakBEST EDITINGThe Big Short – Hank CorwinMad Max: Fury Road – Margaret SixelThe Martian – Pietro ScaliaThe Revenant – Stephen MirrioneSpotlight – Tom McArdleBEST COSTUME DESIGNBrooklyn – Odile Dicks-MireauxCarol – Sandy PowellCinderella – Sandy PowellThe Danish Girl – Paco DelgadoMad Max: Fury Road – Jenny BeavanBEST HAIR & MAKEUPBlack MassCarolThe Danish GirlThe Hateful EightMad Max: Fury RoadThe RevenantBEST VISUAL EFFECTSEx MachinaJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianThe RevenantThe WalkBEST ANIMATED FEATUREAnomalisaThe Good DinosaurInside OutThe Peanuts MovieShaun the Sheep MovieBEST ACTION MOVIEFurious 7Jurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadMission Impossible: Rogue NationSicarioBEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIEDaniel Craig – SpectreTom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue NationTom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury RoadChris Pratt – Jurassic WorldPaul Rudd – Ant-ManBEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIEEmily Blunt – SicarioRebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue NationBryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic WorldJennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury RoadBEST COMEDYThe Big ShortInside OutJoySistersSpyTrainwreckBEST ACTOR IN A COMEDYChristian Bale – The Big ShortSteve Carell – The Big ShortRobert De Niro – The InternBill Hader – TrainwreckJason Statham – SpyBEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDYTina Fey – SistersJennifer Lawrence – JoyMelissa McCarthy – SpyAmy Schumer – TrainwreckLily Tomlin – GrandmaBEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIEEx MachinaIt FollowsJurassic WorldMad Max: Fury RoadThe MartianBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMThe AssassinGoodnight MommyMustangThe Second MotherSon of SaulBEST DOCUMENTARY FEATUREAmyCartel LandGoing Clear: Scientology and the Prison of BeliefHe Named Me MalalaThe Look of SilenceWhere to Invade NextBEST SONGFifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You DoFurious 7 – See You AgainThe Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To YouLove & Mercy – One Kind of LoveSpectre – Writing’s on the WallYouth – Simple Song #3BEST SCORECarol – Carter BurwellThe Hateful Eight – Ennio MorriconeThe Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva NotoSicario – Johann JohannssonSpotlight – Howard Shore

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Henson – Empire – FoxKrysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – NetflixBEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIESKathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX NetworksKirsten Dunst – Fargo – FX NetworksSarah Hay – Flesh and Bone – StarzAlyvia Alyn Lind – Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors – NBCRachel McAdams – True Detective – HBOShanice Williams – The Wiz Live! – NBCBEST COMEDY SERIESBlack-ish – ABCCatastrophe – AmazonJane the Virgin – The CWMaster of None – NetflixThe Last Man on Earth – FoxTransparent – AmazonYou’re the Worst – FX NetworksBEST DRAMA SERIESEmpire – FoxMr. Robot – USAPenny Dreadful – ShowtimeRectify – SundanceThe Knick – CinemaxThe Leftovers – HBOUnREAL – LifetimeBEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIESEllen Burstyn – Mom – CBSAnjelica Huston – Transparent – AmazonCherry Jones – Transparent – AmazonJenifer Lewis – Black-ish – ABCTimothy Olyphant – The Grinder – FoxJohn Slattery – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – NetflixBEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIESRichard Armitage – Hannibal – NBCJustin Kirk – Manhattan – WGN AmericaPatti LuPone – Penny Dreadful – ShowtimeMargo Martindale – The Good Wife – CBSMarisa Tomei – Empire – FoxB.D. 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Mad Max: Fury Road is available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Source: Critics Choice Awards

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