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2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Picture

FILM SYNOPSIS: Years after an apocalypse has devastated the world, Australia has become a wasteland ruled by outlaws hoarding fuel, water and other resources. Desperate to escape a tyrant called Immortan Joe, loner Max Rockatansky joins forces with Imperator Furiosa, who is fleeing from Joe and his fanatical followers with a precious cargo that she has smuggled from Joe’s stronghold. There was a sudden … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Picture

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Cinematography

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD John Seale Cinematography is key in creating the aesthetic of “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Imagine having the visionary George Miller come to you with this idea of a film being completely comprised of a chase scene in the desert, and fathoming how you will achieve such an effect. Imagine having you camera attached to vehicles, having explosions happening everywhere, and … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Cinematography

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Directing

GEORGE MILLER “Mad Max: Fury Road” An interesting course of events happened this year before and after the Oscar nominations. Beforehand, most pundits would tell you that this year’s Best Directing category would be a showdown between Ridley Scott (“The Martian”), who many felt was overdue for some recognition, and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), who returned to his own franchise after three … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Directing

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Costume Design

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Jenny Beaven Best Costume gets tricky. On one hand, you’ve got a film like “Cinderella” which is almost made by the costumes. Without those impressive costumes, that film has zero nominations and is just another Disney live action film. But the costumes are utterly breathtaking and unforgettable. They make the movie. Then you have “Mad Max: Fury Road,” where although … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Costume Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Film Editing

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Margaret Sixel No matter what the film, pacing is everything. And most of that happens on the editing room floor. But consider the film that is touted as one giant chase scene in “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Obviously a chase scene brings about the idea of tension and suspense, but leaving the throttle on full throughout the entire film would … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Film Editing

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin Look at any given character in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and you will see some Makeup or Hairsyling aspect given to the character, whether its bald caps or actually shaving their heads, whether its the boils on the characters begging for water, or the intense detail to the grotesque Immortan Joe, or war … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Production Design

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) There’s building locations and designing sets and then there’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” where you’re custom building 130 vehicles to take part in one of the most epic chase scenes of all time. And these aren’t just vehicles that were driven onto set. These vehicles are meticulously designed to match the spirit … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Production Design

2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Visual Effects

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams Watch the VFX breakdowns above and you’ll see that most of the film was created through visual effects, adding landscapes and the giant storm that they enter, the tint to the entire film to make it feel post apocalyptic, and enhancements to the characters, specifically Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her missing … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – Best Visual Effects

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [36] “Mad Max: Fury Road” – 10 nominations

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Doug Mitchell, George Miller, and P. J. Voeten // Directed by George Miller // // Dated Viewed: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  6 films – 6 days //

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Denver Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture: “Spotlight” Best Director: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road” 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 Animated Film: “Inside Out” Best Science Fiction/Horror Film: “The Martian” Best Comedy: “What We Do In The Shadows” Best Original Screenplay: “Spotlight” – … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Denver Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 68th Annual Directors Guild of America Award Nominees

Alejandro González Iñárritu – “The Revenant” Tom McCarthy – “Spotlight” Adam McKay – “The Big Short” George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road” Ridley Scott – “The Martian” Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film Director Fernando Coimbra – “A Wolf At The Door” Joel Edgerton – “The Gift” Alex Garland – “Ex Machina” Marielle Heller – “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl” … Read More Oscars Watch: 68th Annual Directors Guild of America Award Nominees

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Georgia 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: 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 … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Picture: “Mad Max: Fury Road” Best Director: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road” Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant” Best Actress: Charlize Theron – “Mad Max: Fury Road” Best Supporting Actor: Michael Shannon – “99 Homes” Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander – “Ex Machina” Best Original Screenplay: “Spotlight” Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short” Best Foreign Language Film: “Phoenix” Best Animated … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Picture: “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (runner-up: “Spotlight”) Best Director: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (runner-up: Todd Haynes, “Carol”) Best Actor: Paul Dano – “Love & Mercy”     (runner-up: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”) Best Actress: Brie Larson – “Room”     (runner-up: Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”) Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac – “Ex Machina”     (runner-up: Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”) Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart – … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Utah Film Critics Association Awards

Best Picture: “Mad Max: Fury Road”      (runner-up: “The Martian”) Best Directing: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (runner-up: Ridley Scott – “The Martian”) Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”    (runner-up: Matt Damon – “The Martian”) Best Actress: Brie Larson – “Room”     (runner-up: Saoirse Ronan – “Brooklyn”) Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone – “Creed”     (runner-up: Oscar Isaac – “Ex Machina”) Best Supporting Actress: … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Utah Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture: “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (runner-up: “Ex Machina”) Best Director: George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road”     (runner-up: Lenny Abrahamson, “Room”) Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”     (runner-up: Jason Segel, “The End Of The Tour”) Best Actress: Brie Larson – “Room”     (runner-up: Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”) Best Supporting Actor: Tom Noonan – “Anomalisa”     (runner-up: Oscar Isaac, “Ex Machina”) Best Supporting … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

Chicago shifts slightly back to giving “Mad Max: Fury Road” all the love, with Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller. Leonardo DiCaprio is now becoming the front-runner for Best Actor for his role in “The Revenant,” as long as he can fend off the strange “bear rape” headline that surfaced not too long ago. Another name that pops here that I’m praying … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Phoenix Film Critics Circle Awards

As is the trend forming, “Spotlight” takes Best Picture, George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) takes Best Director. There’s no denying that Best Actress in a Leading Role is Brie Larson’s to lose, while Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) continues to make good traction for getting a nomination. I’m so excited to see Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) getting wins across the board as well, as it’d … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Phoenix Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

Here’s what I’m hoping: that everyone’s love for the films that don’t feel like Academy films, like “Ex Machina” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” get honored at the Oscars. For too long, it feels like films are made to either be Oscar bait or not. And when the Academy extended Best Picture to possibly 10, they did so to integrate other worthy films. Now … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

San Francisco presents yet another split between “Spotlight” and director George Miller that you have to expect this is definitely what people will be expecting come the Academy Awards. All the love for Saoirse Ronan and Michael Shannon should turn into Oscar nominations, but do not be surprised if Shannon doesn’t make the cut, because it almost seems too good to be true. Not … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Indiana Film Critics Association Awards

Repeating yet again, Indiana Film Critics Association puts “Spotlight” in Best Picture and George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) in Best Director. Brie Larson (“Room”) for Best Actress is no surprise any longer but her young co-star Jacob Tremblay lands his first win. Long long long shot Greta Gerwig gets an unexpected win for “Mistress America” from Noah Baumbach while Mark Ruffalo finally lands … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Indiana Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

In the split that’s happening a lot, and is now being predicted by many of the pundits, “Spotlight” takes Best Film from the Detroit Film Critics, while George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) takes Best Director. Michael Caine comes in with his first Best Actor win for “Youth,” while Liev Shreiber gets his first for “Spotlight,” something he’ll be facing Mark Ruffalo and Michael … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Online Film Critics Society Awards

The Online Film Critics go full “Mad Max: Fury Road,” giving George Miller Best Director along with Best Picture. Oscar Isaac gets on the board with Best Supporting Actor from “Ex Machina” which will likely not happen at the Oscars. Alicia Vikander, who was not honored here, will be lucky to get in for her “Ex Machina” role, as it does not feel on … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Online Film Critics Society Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

“Spotlight” continues to steamroll the critics awards, with George Miller once again taking Best Director for “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The funny thing is, I could totally see this happening at the Oscars, giving the major prize to a film like “Spotlight” while honoring a tried and true director that deserves it like George Miller. For as much as people talked about “Mad Max: … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Taking its first lead over “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the Oscar hopeful “Spotlight” wins another critics award from Los Angeles, however George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) takes Best Director. Michael Fassbender gets his first win from “Steve Jobs” which shows the box office might not hurt its Oscar chances after all. And Alicia Vikander takes home Best Supporting Actress not for “The Danish … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

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Oscars Watch: 2015 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards

And “Mad Max: Fury Road” gets on the board in a big way thanks to the Boston Online Film Critics Association, giving it the top honor of Best Picture, along with Best Director for George Miller, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. “Creed” also lands on the board, and after seeing it yesterday, I can attest to its brilliance, especially in favor … Read More Oscars Watch: 2015 Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”

One of the eighteen animated feature films up for consideration for Best Animated Feature, I really hope “Happy Feet Two” is not nominated because I really do not want to watch it. Its box office will probably not prove very successful and the franchise is not a very popular one, so I assume I will be in the clear. However, contrary to popularity, the … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”