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Mad Max: Fury Road leads Critics' Choice Awards nominees

Mad Max: Fury Road

Story by Jack Foley

MAD Max: Fury Road leads the nominees for the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

George Miller’s post-apocalyptic road movie scooped a total of 13 nominations, including best picture. Miller himself was among the best director nominees, while Charlize Theron was nominated for best actress.

Created by The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the awards also boast additional categories for best action movie and best sci-fi/horror movie, with Fury Road also shortlisted in those categories as well.

Theron picked up an additional nomination as best actress in an action movie, while Tom Hardy was nominated for best actor in an action movie. The British star also secured a second nomination as (best supporting actor for The Revenant.

Lesbian drama Carol, space epic The Martian and survival thriller The Revenant followed with eight nominations each, and were all nominated for best picture along with financial comedy-drama The Big Short, spy drama Bridge of Spies, historical romantic drama Brooklyn, abduction drama Room, drug thriller Sicario and child abuse drama Spotlight.

Of the stars to secure multiple nominations, Jennifer Lawrence scored three: for best actress and best comedy actress for Joy and best action movie actress in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Rachel McAdams collected two nods, as supporting actress in Spotlight and best actress for a limited series in TV’s True Detective.

Competing with Theron and Lawrence in the main best actress category are Carol’s Cate Blanchett, Room’s Brie Larson, 45 Years’ Charlotte Rampling and Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan.

While the best actor nominees consist of Trumbo’s Bryan Cranston, The Martian’s Matt Damon, Black Mass’ Johnny Depp, The Revenant’s Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Jobs’ Michael Fassbender and The Danish Girl’s Eddie Redmayne.

And joining Miller on the shortlist for best director are Todd Haynes Carol, Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Ridley Scott for The Martian and Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies.

The second season of Fargo led the TV line-up, with eight nominations, while HBO’s The Leftovers and Amazon’s Transparent were close behind with six each.

The awards will be presented in Santa Monica on January 17, 2016.

The main film nominees are…

BEST PICTURE
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Sicario
Spotlight

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 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
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