Critics' Choice Awards: 'Mad Max' Rules the Road With 13 Nominations

8:28 PM 12/14/2015

by THR Staff

'Carol,' 'The Martian' and 'The Revenant' all figured prominently, while 'Fargo' led the list of TV noms.

The apocalyptic action movie Mad Max: Fury Road dominated nominations for the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards, announced today by The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association. The awards show, hosted by T.J. Miller will be broadcast live by A&E, Lifetime and LMN from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Jan. 17 and will for the first time combine film and TV winners. In the TV categories FX’s Fargo led all competitors.

Fury Road was nominated for best picture. George Miller was among the best director nominees and Charlize Theron was nominated for best actress. The BFCA also has additional categories for best action movie and best sci-fi/horror movie, and Fury Road showed up in those categories as well. Theron picked up an additional nom as best actress in an action movie, and Tom Hardy was nominated for best actor in an action movie.

Carol, The Martian and The Revenant followed with eight nominations each, and were all nominated for best picture. The other best picture nominees included The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Room, Sicario and Spotlight. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which wasn't screened for critics, was added to the list of best picture nominees eight days after the other nominees were announced.

Jennifer Lawrence scored three noms as best actress and best comedy actress for Joy and best action movie actress in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Theron (best actress, best action actress for Fury Road) and Hardy (best supporting actor for The Revenant and best action actor for Fury Road) both picked up for two noms. And Rachel McAdams collected two noms — as supporting actress in Spotlight and best actress for a limited series in TV’s True Detective.

The main acting categories found room for six nominations per category. In addition to Theron and Lawrence, the best actress group includes Carol’s Cate Blanchett, Room’s Brie Larson, 45 Years’ Charlotte Rampling and Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan. The best actor nominees consisted 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.

Besides Miller, the best director nominees were Todd Haynes for Carol, Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant, Tom McCarthy for Spotlight, Ridley Scott for The Martian and Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies.

While Fargo led the TV line-up, which considered shows that aired between June 1 and Dec. 31 of this year, with eight noms, HBO’s The Leftovers and Amazon’s Transparent were close behind with six each. NBC’s The Wiz Live! aired in time to get five noms, and ABC’s Black-ish, USA’s Mr. Robot and Showtime’s Penny Dreadful got four each. 

The complete list of nominees follows: