"Mad Max" On Road to Victory with the CFCA
"Mad Max: Fury Road," the long-awaited continuation of George Miller's post-apocalyptic action saga following a 30-year hiatus, has been named the winner of the Chicago Film Critics Award for the Best Picture of 2015 in a ceremony held tonight. Having gone into the final round of balloting with the most nominations with 7, it also took home the most prizes with five awards, including Miller himself for Best Director, Best Cinematography for John Seale, who came out of semi-retirement to shoot the film, Best Editing for Margaret Sixel and Best Art Direction/Production Design.
The CFCA, now in its 26th year, decided to spread the wealth by giving multiple prizes to only two other films. "Room," the wrenching story of the loving bond between a mother and child that is forged under the most horrifying of circumstances received the Best Actress award for Brie Larson as the fiercely determined mother and Most Promising Performer for newcomer Jacob Tremblay as her son. "Ex Machina," the trippy futuristic drama about a computer programmer asked to test what may be the first example of true artificial intelligence, won Best Supporting Actress for Alicia Vikander for her portrayal of the robot at the center of the tale and acclaimed writer Alex Garland received Most Promising Filmmaker for his debut behind the camera.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor for his performance as a frontiersman battling the forces of natures in his pursuit of the man who killed his son in "The Revenant"; Benicio Del Toro received Best Supporting Actor for his work as a mysterious figure involved with clandestine drug stings in the thriller ''Sicario"; Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer took the Best Original Screenplay award for "Spotlight," a look at the Boston Globe's investigation of molesting priests and the Catholic church's efforts to cover up their misdeeds; and Adam McKay & Charles Randolph received Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Big Short," their adaptation of Michael Lewis' best-seller about the 2008 collapse of the housing market. "Son of Saul," a gripping drama set within the walls of Auschwitz, was named Best Foreign Language Film, "Amy," a look at the tumultuous life and career of pop star Amy Winehouse, won Best Documentary and "Inside Out," the Pixar blockbuster that followed the emotions that helped to guide the life of a young girl took the Best Animated Feature award. Finally, the legendary Ennio Morricone received the Best Original Score award for his contributions to Quentin Tarantino's western epic "The Hateful Eight."
All winners are listed below and all films nominated in 2015 can be found here.
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THE 2015 CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
BEST PICTURE: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller--Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio--The Revenant
BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson--Room
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Benicio Del Toro--Sicario
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander--Ex Machina
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer--Spotlight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Adam McKay & Charles Randolph--The Big Short
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Son of Saul
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Amy
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Seale--Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST EDITING: Margaret Sixel--Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ART DIRECTION/PRODUCTION DESIGN--Mad Max: Fury Road
BEAST ORIGINAL SCORE: Ennio Morricone--The Hateful Eight
MOST PROMISING PERFORMER: Jacob Tremblay--Room
MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER: Alex Garland--Ex Machina
Winners by the numbers:
5--Mad Max: Fury Road
2--Ex Machina, Road
1--Amy, The Big Shot, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out The Revenant, Sicario, Son of Saul, Spotlight.