MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 21st Critics’ Choice Awards Nominees

After last week’s nominations were revealed for the 22nd Annual SAG Awards and 73rd Golden Globes, it feels like it could be anyone’s game at this point. This morning the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced their 21st Critics’ Choice Awards nominees with George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road leading the charge with 13 nods. Hosted by T.J. Miller, the winners will be revealed during a live broadcast from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A&E, Lifetime, and LMN on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST.

Mad Max: Fury Road has undoubtedly become the underdog favorite of this awards season, as it has become one of the most revered features of the year by critics, myself included – my review. The big topic of conversation, aside from gaining Best Picture recognition, is Charlize Theron’s nods for both Best Actress and Best Actress In An Action Movie. Tom Hardy, of course, is nominated for Best Actor In An Action Movie, but it’s George Miller for Best Director that has really invested my interest into whether he could be a contender come Oscars. The film has also garnered nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Hair and Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Action Movie, and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie.

Trailing behind the whirlwind, critically acclaimed hit is Carol, The Martian, and The Revenant with nine nominations each. While this year’s big favorite, Spotlight, has earned itself eight nominations from critics, followed by The Big Short and The Hateful Eight with six each. Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Danish Girl, Jurassic World, and Sicario each earned five nominations and Room obtained four. Charlize Theron isn’t the only actress up for multiple Best Actress categories, as Jennifer Lawrence is up for three for her work in Joy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, while Rachel McAdams is up for two awards for Spotlight and True Detective.

And while the film categories are all up in the air, the television categories prove that the increasing output of excellent programming continued this year with FX, ABC, and HBO both gaining 14 nominations each; FOX is close on their heels with 12 nods. The big standout series this year, as determined by critics, is FX’s Fargo with eight nominations. The Leftovers (HBO) and Transparent (Amazon) are not far behind with five nominations each; Black-ish (ABC), Mr. Robot (USA), and Penny Dreadful (Showtime) each earned four.

So what can we takeaway from this year’s 21st Critics’ Choice Awards nominees? For starters, no other awards group has seen more movies this year than the critics, assumably. It’s their jobs to assess the year in film. Who better has a sound voice of reasoning than those who sit in dark rooms and watch movies multiple times per week? In the long run, sure, all awards are practically meaningless gold statues, and the varying award categories the BFCA and BTJA have set have little influence when it comes to the Oscars, but if these voices of reason can help sway voters to at least make an earnest decision at the polls we can be safe in knowing we won’t have another year where a Shakespeare in Love wins against a Saving Private Ryan.

21st CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS NOMINEES – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

BEST PICTURE

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Sicario
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

BEST ACTOR

  • Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
  • Matt Damon – The Martian
  • Johnny Depp – Black Mass
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

BEST ACTRESS

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
  • Tom Hardy – The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
  • Michael Shannon – 99 Homes
  • Sylvester Stallone – Creed

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Rachel McAdams – Spotlight
  • Helen Mirren – Trumbo
  • Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

  • Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  • RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Shameik Moore – Dope
  • Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes
  • Jacob Tremblay – Room

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

  • The Big Short
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Trumbo

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Ridley Scott – The Martian
  • Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies
  • Alex Garland – Ex Machina
  • Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out
  • Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
  • Nick Hornby – Brooklyn
  • Drew Goddard – The Martian
  • Emma Donoghue – Room
  • Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Carol – Ed Lachman
  • The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale
  • The Martian – Dariusz Wolski
  • The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Sicario – Roger Deakins

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
  • Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay
  • Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
  • The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
  • The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

BEST EDITING

  • The Big Short – Hank Corwin
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
  • The Martian – Pietro Scalia
  • The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione
  • Spotlight – Tom McArdle

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux
  • Carol – Sandy Powell
  • Cinderella – Sandy Powell
  • The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

  • Black Mass
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Ex Machina
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • The Walk

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • Anomalisa
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE

  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Sicario

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Daniel Craig – Spectre
  • Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Chris Pratt – Jurassic World
  • Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

  • Emily Blunt – Sicario
  • Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World
  • Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
  • Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

BEST COMEDY

  • The Big Short
  • Inside Out
  • Joy
  • Sisters
  • Spy
  • Trainwreck

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Christian Bale – The Big Short
  • Steve Carell – The Big Short
  • Robert De Niro – The Intern
  • Bill Hader – Trainwreck
  • Jason Statham – Spy

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Tina Fey – Sisters
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Joy
  • Melissa McCarthy – Spy
  • Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
  • Lily Tomlin – Grandma

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

  • Ex Machina
  • It Follows
  • Jurassic World
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Assassin
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Mustang
  • The Second Mother
  • Son of Saul

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • He Named Me Malala
  • The Look of Silence
  • Where to Invade Next

BEST SONG

  • Fifty Shades of Grey – Love Me Like You Do
  • Furious 7 – See You Again
  • The Hunting Ground – Til It Happens To You
  • Love & Mercy – One Kind of Love
  • Spectre – Writing’s on the Wall
  • Youth – Simple Song #3

BEST SCORE

  • Carol – Carter Burwell
  • The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone
  • The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto
  • Sicario – Johann Johannsson
  • Spotlight – Howard Shore

Continue Reading to see the the Television Category Nominees–>>

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Now Available to Own: Ex Machina, It Follows, Adventure Time, and More

Brace your bank accounts, it’s time to see what’s Now Available to Own for the week of July 14, 2015. Every Tuesday we run down new movie, television, and video game releases that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, as well as some slick deals that can save you some coin. New on shelves this week are Ex Machina, It Follows, The Longest Ride, Adventure Time, and more.

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Movies on Blu-ray

Ex Machina (Alex Garland) Rated R [108 min] – A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I. Starring Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Sonoya Mizuno

Easily one of the best movies of the year. Ex Machina sits with you long after the credits roll. From the performances to the story and basically everything about this movie is fantastic. If you’re looking for a movie to stimulate your mind, play with your imagination, and captivate you beyond belief, Ex Machina is your movie.

Special features included:

  • “Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina” 5-Part Featurette
  • SXSW Q&A with Cast and Crew
  • Eight Behind-the-Scenes Vignettes

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell) Rated R [100 min] – After a young girl gets involved in a sexual confrontation, she is followed by an unknown force. Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe

Another incredible movie from earlier this year. It Follows is a tremendous genre film that is riveting, terrifying, and downright eerie. There’s an incredible sense of creativity and wonder when watching the movie because it feels as if a lot of care and planning went into the development of the story and its characters. The world and the rules Mitchell built within framework is engaging and wondrous.

Special features includes:

  • Critics’ Commentary hosted by The Nerdist’s Scott Weinberg, featuring Eric D. Snider (MovieBS), Britt Hayes (Screencrush), Samuel D. Zimmerman (Shock Till You Drop), Alison Nastasi (Flavorwire) and Eric Vespe (AICN)
  • A Conversation with Film Composer Disasterpeace
  • Poster Art Gallery

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut) (Bryan Singer) Rated PG-13 [131 min] – The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a pretty long movie in and of itself. I would consider this Rogue Cut a semi-director’s cut that is more for the fun of adding a different character then really helping the story. The original version is edited very cleanly without the additional content with Anna Paquin. However, there’s even more content sprinkled within that makes it fun to watch. I would prefer the theatrical cut, but the new bonus features are pretty awesome in this edition.

Special features include

  • Both the Theatrical Cut of the Film and the Rogue Cut of the Film
  • Commentaries
    • Director Bryan Singer and Composer/Film Editor John Ottman (Rogue Cut)
    • Director Bryan Singer and Producer/Writer Simon Kinberg (Theatrical Version)
  • Second Screen App
  • Mutant vs. Machine [A 9-part making-of documentary]
  • X-Men: Unguarded
  • Gallery: Storyboards, Costumes & Concept Art
  • Fantastic Four Sneak Peek
  • Digital HD

The Longest Ride (George Tillman Jr.) Rated PG-13 [139 min] – The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash. Starring Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, and Jack Huston

I was surprised I didn’t hate this film as much as I thought I would. For as drawn out as it The Longest Ride is, the dual story lines worked to a certain extent. I found that I cared more about the couple from the past than the present. The climax and twist felt very forced, but in the world of Nicholas Sparks it makes perfect sense.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks
  • Beyond the Ride
  • Bringing it to Life
  • Meet The Real Bull Riders
  • Luke’s Bull Riding School
  • Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin
  • Gallery

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (John Madden) Rated PG [122 min] – As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals – Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel. Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, and David Strathairn

As heartfelt as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is, the wonder and excitement gets a little lost in its sequel. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes across too generic, but the cast holds it up as best as they can. Obviously, this film is definitely targeted for a specific audience, but TSBMH has its charms.

Special features include:

  • Story
  • Cast
  • Returning to the Marigold Hotel
  • Blossoming Relationships
  • The Marigold Wedding
  • Filming in India
  • Gallery

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Andy Fickman) Rated PG [94 min] – After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers. Starring Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui, and Daniella Alonso

I did not see this movie. And I probably, hopefully, never will.

Special features include:

  • Featurettes
    • Security Force: The cast of Paul Blart 2
    • Back In The Saddle
    • Le Reve
    • No Animals Were Harmed…
    • Sales Tactics With Richie Manervini
    • Real Cops
  • Six Deleted Scene
  • Gag Reel
  • Photo Gallery

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TV Show Releases

Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season (Pendleton Ward) – A human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, set out on their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. Starring Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Hynden Walch, and Tom Kenny

Despite creator Pendleton Ward stepping down in the middle of this season, Adventure Time still captures the magic and fun of the Land of Ooo. For those who have not seen this series, it’s an eclectic mix of adult and childish humor for all ages to enjoy. And that’s kind of the incredible thing about Adventure Time. After five seasons, the series still runs strong with new hijinks for Finn and Jake to encounter.

Special features include:

  • Adventure Time Forever Featurette
  • Animatic Clips
  • Special Snail Hunt

Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell (Chris ‘Casper’ Kelly and Dave Willis) Unrated [11 min] – A live-action workplace comedy about Gary, an associate demon, as he attempts to capture souls on earth in order to climb the corporate ladder of the underworld. Starring Matt Servitto, Craig Rowin, and Henry Zebrowski

As far as Adult Swim content goes, Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell is some of the strongest comedy as of late. It’s completely bizarre and inherently bonkers. This world that Kelly and Willis has created works majestically in the best, weirdest way imaginable. It’s as if Ugly Americans had a baby with Workaholics to create this wacky, live-action comedy. And those two series alone should pique your interest to digest this show. It’s short, focused, and to the point in order to get the best laughs for your time.

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Promos
  • Commentaries
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Original Short
  • Screen Tests

Little House on the Prairie (Blanche Hanalis) Rated TV-PG [60 min] – The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West. Starring Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greebush, Karen Grassle, and Melissa Sue Anderson

I’ll be honest, I’ve never watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Not that it wasn’t my era, because I enjoyed watching shows like The Munsters, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and I Love Lucy. The blu-ray transfer of this beloved show is absolutely stunning for the age of the series. For me, the content is little to be desired, but for those who want something with wholesome values and family-oriented entertainment, LHotP holds up, even in its sixth season. A testament to television production back in the day.

Special features include:

  • “The Little House Phenomenon – Part Six: “A Lasting Legacy”

Sailor Moon R: Season 2 Part 1 (Episode 47-68) (Junichi Satō, Kunihiko Ikuhara, and Takuya Igarashi) After their epic battle, the Sailor Guardians are called back to action when some new and powerful enemies appear! Ail and An are alien siblings bound to the mysterious energy-devouring Makai Tree. And the Black Moon Clan, led by Prince Demande, has the power to destroy all of future Crystal Tokyo! Things get complicated when a mysterious pink-haired girl falls from the sky, demands the Legendary Silver Crystal, and claims Mamoru for her own! Could there also be a new Sailor Guardian? Starring Keiko Han, Annelie Berg, and Michelle Ruff

It’s been a long while since I’ve seen this show, I’m not even sure I made it this far. But Sailor Moon is still pretty relevant and I’d love to revisit it some day.

Special features include:

  • 96-page Full Color Booklet
  • AX Cast Interviews
  • Dub Recording Behind-the-Scenes
  • Art Gallery
  • Opening and Ending Songs
  • Trailers

Powers: The Complete First Season (Brian Bendis and Charlie Huston) [60 min] – Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner. Starring Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard, Michelle Forbes, Olesya Rulin, and Logan Browning

Haven’t seen it, but have heard mixed reviews.

Special features include:

  • Policing the All Powerful: Envisioning and Filming Powers
  • From One Visual Medium to Another: The Art and Adaptation of Powers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes

Blu-Ray Deals and Steals

  • Ghostbusters 1& 2 (Limited Edition) – $39.99
  • What We Do in the Shadows – $16.99
  • Tarantino Collection – $57.99
  • Spider-Man Trilogy – $18.49
  • Fifty Shades of Grey – $17.49
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series – $29.99
  • Rick and Morty (Season 1) – $14.99
  • Spirited Away – $19.84
  • Taken – $5
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $9.99
  • Ponyo – $16.49
  • The Tree of Life – $6.99
  • Ex Machina – $16.89
  • My Neighbor Totoro – $17.28
  • Orange is the New Black (Season 1) – $12.99
  • Akira – $14.90
  • Boyhood – $14.96
  • 12 Years a Slave – $7.99

All prices from Amazon.com. Best Buy, Frys, and Target all price match online prices.

What will you be taking home this week? Tell us in the comments section below!


All plot synopses come courtesy of IMDb.com

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: It Follows, Ex Machina, Maggie, and More

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While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of May 16, 2015 we have Get Hard, Maggie, It Follows, Ex Machina, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect from them after the break. Continue reading

Box Office Battlefield: ‘Cinderella’ versus ‘Run All Night’

Box Office Battlefield 'Cinderella' versus 'Run All Night'

The weekend warriors of March 13, 2015 includes Cinderella and Run All Night, as well as the limited release of It Follows. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard-earned dollars, Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others and determine who will be victorious. Continue reading