BEST PICTURE — Mad Max: Fury Road Is Two Hours of Peerless, Exhausting Mayhem
This doesn't feel like a film that exists. How is George Miller's bonkers, exhausting, no-future smash-'em-up Mad Max: Fury Road not one of those almost-was boondoggles mourned and dreamed of by fans, a revered director's impossible vision that, thanks to the un-stout hearts of studio beancounters, never actually vaulted from storyboard to screen? But Fury Road somehow is. In the era of greenscreened blockbusters, we have an R-rated studio release on which a 70-year-old director blew hundreds of millions of dollars crashing real cars into each other in Namibia. — Alan Scherstuhl
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*This film is also nominated for Best Director: George Miller