A fan-favourite, explosive-ridden summer blockbuster has been nominated for Best Picture (Drama) at one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies – the Golden Globes. Who ever thought this day would come?
Not even critical darling The Dark Knight got nominated. I’m trying to remember the last time a film of this kind and scale was nominated for any awards that weren’t visual effects and technical stuff. Could it have been Star Wars…?
Anyway, the point is that Mad Max: Fury Road is getting the respect it deserves and we should all be very happy fans.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
That’s right – Best Director too. Holy shit!
Back when the movie was released in May, I remember subtle talk of awards buzz, but people quickly dismissed it. There was no way that a movie as absolutely brash and bonkers as Fury Road could end up with any awards that weren’t technical, especially in a circuit which is so utterly dominated by a particular type of movies that they have their own genre – Oscar bait. I even remember tweeting just after the last Academy Awards ceremony that everybody already knew what films would be nominated next time around (not just for the Oscars), which sucked the fun out of the whole thing.
2015 has been a very strange year in that there haven’t been many clear winners. 2014 pretty evidently had Birdman and The Theory of Everything as major contenders; the year before had The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club, amongst others, and so forth. A lot of the films which people thought would be major hits have fizzled out (Steve Jobs and Black Mass), allowing more popular fare such as Fury Road and The Martian – which received the same accolades as this article’s focus, as well as an actor nom for Matt Damon – to worm their way in, along with quirkier pictures like The Big Short, Room and Spotlight. The question – is this a new precedent in Hollywood?
Probably not. It’s likely just a result of a relatively weird year – and even then movies like The Revenant, The Danish Girl and The Hateful Eight are still expected to score big. The real question is whether Fury Road will end up with a Best Picture nod at the Oscars. Regardless of a win, that’s something that all of geekdom can celebrate.