The U.K.'s film critics have spoken, naming Mad Max: Fury Road their title of 2015.
George Miller's explosive reboot of his action franchise took the top honor at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards ceremony, held in London's May Fair hotel on Sunday evening, with the filmmaker also named director of the year. Snubbed by BAFTA in its nominations list two weeks ago, Tom Hardy was named British/Irish actor of the year for his performances in Mad Max, London Road, The Revenant and Legend.
Elsewhere, it was an entirely different film that matched Mad Max for overall gongs on the night.
45 Years, Andrew Haigh's tender marital drama that first bowed almost a year ago in Berlin, was named British/Irish film of the year. Its stars, Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling, took the top acting awards (a feat they also achieved at Berlinale). Rampling is among the contenders for best actress at this year's Academy Awards.
Oscar-nominated Brits rounded out the other acting categories, too: Kate Winslet was tapped as best supporting actress for Steve Jobs, and Mark Rylance was named best supporting actor for Bridge of Spies.
Another Academy favorite, Amy, claimed the best documentary prize.
The evening also saw Judi Dench present Kenneth Branagh with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film, the London Critics' Circle's annual career honor named after one of the U.K.'s foremost film critics.