08 January, 2016

"Mad Max: Fury Road" Named Best Picture of the Year by Georgia Film Critics Association

George Miller's blockbuster wins four total; "Inside Out" wins two, while "Ant-Man" receives Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema.

The Georgia Film Critics Association have announced the winners of their 2015 Awards slate. In their 5th year, they have named "Mad Max: Fury Road" the year's best film, taking home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. The haul of four awards is the second highest in the GAFCA's history, second only to the six awards that "The Tree of Life" won in 2011.

"Inside Out" was another big winner, taking home Best Animated Film and Best Original Screenplay for Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley. Alicia Vikander also took home two awards, Best Supporting Actress for "Ex Machina" and the Breakthrough Award. Jessica Chastain won the same two awards back in 2011. Also the Breakthrough Award winner in 2013, Brie Larson won Best Actress for "Room." Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor for "The Revenant" and Sylvester Stallone was named Best Supporting Actor for "Creed."

It was a tight year in several of the races, with the GAFCA releasing on twitter that the Best Supporting Actor and Best Score races resulted in near-ties and the Best Picture race saw half the nominees receiving several first-place mentions a piece. "Creed" director Ryan Coogler was second place in the Best Director race, despite his film not being a Best Picture nominee.

Best Foreign Film went to "Son of Saul," Best Documentary to "Amy" and Best Ensemble went to Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight." Georgia-lensed "Furious 7" won Best Original Song for "See You Again," performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

"Ant-Man" was named as the winner for the 2015 Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema. Awarded to the films' directors and writers, previous winners include "John Portman: A Life of Building," "Sahkanaga," "Selma" and "The Spectacular Now."

Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Picture
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Best Director
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - George Miller

Best Actor
  • Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Revenant")

Best Actress
  • Brie Larson ("Room")

Best Supporting Actor
  • Sylvester Stallone ("Creed")

Best Supporting Actress
  • Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina")

Best Original Screenplay
  • "Inside Out" - Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

Best Adapted Screenplay
  • "The Big Short" - Charles Randolph, Adam McKay

Best Cinematography
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - John Seale

Best Production Design
  • "Mad Max: Fury Road" - Colin Gibson, Shira Hockman, Jacinta Leong

Best Original Score
  • "The Hateful Eight" - Ennio Morricone

Best Original Song
  • "See You Again" - DJ Frank E, Andrew Cedar, Charlie Puth, Wiz Khalifa ("Furious 7")

Best Ensemble
  • "Spotlight"

Best Foreign Film
  • "Son of Saul"

Breakthrough Award
  • Alicia Vikander ("Burnt," "The Danish Girl," "Ex Machina," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Testament of Youth")

Best Animated Film
  • "Inside Out"

Best Documentary
  • "Amy"

Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema
  • "Ant-Man" - Peyton Reed, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd


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