"Mad Max: Fury Road" Named Best Film by National Board of Review! See Complete List of Winners! 


The National Board of Review has announced its 2015 winners and George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" took the top prize of Best Film of the year although Ridley Scott won best director for "The Martian" with Matt Damon winning the best actor trophy.

I love that Brie Larson from "Room" won the best actress award and yay for Sylvester Stallone! He won the best supporting actor award for "Creed!" Completing the acting awards is Jennifer Jason Leigh for best supporting actress for Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight."

In case you're wondering, members of the National Board of Review (select group of film enthusiasts, filmmakers, professionals, academics, and students) watched over 250 films (studio, independent, foreign-language, animated, and documentary) and the screenings "were frequently followed by in-depth discussions with directors, actors, producers, and screenwriters. Voting ballots were tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP."

So there you have it. The NBR just helped shape awards season!

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2015 National Board of Review:

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" and Jacob Tremblay "Room"

Best Directorial Debut: Jonas Carpignano "Mediterranea"

Best Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul"

Best Documentary: "Amy"

Best Ensemble: "The Big Short"

William K. Everson Film History Award: Cecilia De Mille Presley

Spotlight Award: "Sicario" for Outstanding Collaborative Vision

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: "Beasts of Nation" (Netflix) and "Mustang" (France Oscar entry, Cohen Media Group)

Top Films of 2015:
"Bridge of Spies" (Disney/DreamWorks)
"Creed" (Warner Bros./New Line/MGM)
"The Hateful Eight" (The Weinstein Co.)
"Inside Out" (Disney/Pixar)
"The Martian" (Fox)
"Room" (A24)
"Sicario" (Lionsgate)
"Spotlight" (Open Road)
"Straight Outta Compton" (Universal)

Top 5 Foreign Language Films
"Goodnight Mommy" (Austrian Oscar submission, Radius-TWC)
"Mediterranea" (Sundance Selects)
"Phoenix" (2014 German shortlist for the Oscars, Sundance Selects)
"The Second Mother" (Brazilian Oscar submission, Oscilloscope)
"The Tribe" (2014 Ukraine Oscar submission, Drafthouse Films)

Top 5 Documentaries
"Best of Enemies" (Magnolia)
"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution"
"The Diplomat" (Home Box Office)
"Listen to Me Marlon" (Showtime Documentary Films)
"The Look of Silence" (Drafthouse)

Top 10 Independent Films
"‘71" (Roadside Attractions)
"45 Years" (Sundance Selects)
"Cop Car" (Focus World)
"Ex Machina" (A 24)
"Grandma" (Sony Pictures Classics)
"It Follows" (Radius-TWC)
"James White" (The Film Arcade)
"Mississippi Grind" (A24)
"Welcome to Me" (Alchemy)
"While We’re Young" (A24)

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I'm Teased! New Sneak Peek at "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!"  


By the way, there's a brand new trailer coming Wednesday night! But either or, I'll be at the front of the line when "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens on March 25, 2016.



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"Spotlight" Shines at 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards 


Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" was the big winner at the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards. The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the child molestation in the Catholic church took home the Best Feature and Screenplay trophies. I love this film! It's ripe for melodrama but McCarthy wisely avoided that!

Another film I love that won big at the Gotham Awards is Sean Baker's "Tangerine." It took home the Audience award with Mya Taylor winning the Breakthrough Actor trophy.

Here's the complete list of nominees and winners of the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards:

Best Feature
"Carol"
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
"Heaven Knows What"
"Spotlight" -- WINNER
"Tangerine"

Best Documentary
"Approaching the Elephant"
"Cartel Land"
"Heart of a Dog"
"Listen to Me Marlon"
"The Look of Silence" -- WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Desiree Akhavan for "Appropriate Behavior"
Jonas Carpigano for "Mediterranea" -- WINNER
Marielle Heller for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
John Magary for "The Mend"
Josh Mond for "James White"

Best Screenplay
"Carol," Phyllis Nagy
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Marielle Heller
"Love & Mercy," Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner
"Spotlight," Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer -- WINNER
"While We’re Young," Noah Baumbach

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott in "James White"
Kevin Corrigan in "Results"
Paul Dano in "Love & Mercy" -- WINNER
Peter Sarsgaard in "Experimenter"
Michael Shannon in "99 Homes"

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
Blythe Danner in "I’ll See You in My Dreams"
Brie Larson in "Room"
Bel Powley in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" -- WINNER
Lily Tomlin in "Grandma"
Kristen Wiig in "Welcome to Me "

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin in "Gabriel"
Arielle Holmes in "Heaven Knows What"
Lola Kirke in "Mistress America"
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in "Tangerine"
Mya Taylor in "Tangerine" -- WINNER

2015 Audience Award
"Tangerine"

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in "Spotlight."

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Watch the 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards Live! 


Here are the nominees! I'm hoping "Carol" will get lots of love!

Best Feature
"Carol"
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
"Heaven Knows What"
"Spotlight"
"Tangerine"

Best Documentary
"Approaching the Elephant"
"Cartel Land"
"Heart of a Dog"
"Listen to Me Marlon"
"The Look of Silence"

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Desiree Akhavan for "Appropriate Behavior"
Jonas Carpigano for "Mediterranea"
Marielle Heller for "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
John Magary for "The Mend"
Josh Mond for "James White"

Best Screenplay
"Carol," Phyllis Nagy
"The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Marielle Heller
"Love & Mercy," Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner
"Spotlight," Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
"While We’re Young," Noah Baumbach

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott in "James White"
Kevin Corrigan in "Results"
Paul Dano in "Love & Mercy"
Peter Sarsgaard in "Experimenter"
Michael Shannon in "99 Homes"

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in "Carol"
Blythe Danner in "I’ll See You in My Dreams"
Brie Larson in "Room"
Bel Powley in "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
Lily Tomlin in "Grandma"
Kristen Wiig in "Welcome to Me "

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin in "Gabriel"
Arielle Holmes in "Heaven Knows What"
Lola Kirke in "Mistress America"
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in "Tangerine"
Mya Taylor in "Tangerine"

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D’Arcy James for their ensemble work in "Spotlight."

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Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Give Thanks, Eat Lots of Turkey, and Drink Goblets of Egg Nog! 


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