"Mad Max: Fury Road" dominated the Critics' Choice Award film nominations, which were announced on Monday (Dec,. 14). As we predicted, it contends for Best Picture, Best Director (George Miller) and Best Actress (Charlize Theron) but it also picked up a slew of nominations in genre and craft categories, bringing its total to a lucky 13. (Click here for the complete list of nominations.)
In addition to four nominations in the action and sci-fi/horror categories, it also contends for cinematography, production design, editing, costumes, hair/makeup and visual effects. Two noteworthy categories where it missed out were Best Ensemble and Best Adapted Screenplay.
"Carol's" haul includes Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Haynes), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), and Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara). Surprisingly, it is not contending for Best Adapted Screenplay. Below the line, it's up for cinematography, costumes, production design, score and hair/makeup.
"The Martian" contends for Best Picture, Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Actor (Matt Damon), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film along with bids for cinematography, production design, editing and visual effects.
"The Revenant" is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), matching its nominations at the Golden Globes. Supporting actor Tom Hardy, who was snubbed by the Globes as well as SAG, was invited to the party this time around. The epic film is also in the running for its cinematography, editing, hair/makeup, visual effects and score.
"Spotlight" follows with eight nominations, including its best-yet showing in the acting races at these precursor prizes:. Rachel McAdams follows her SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress with another one here (she's also nominated for the TV anthology series "True Detective"). And Mark Ruffalo, snubbed by both SAG and Globes, was included in the Best Supporting Actor lineup.
"The Big Short" had a strong showing with seven nominations, including Best Picture. "The Hateful Eight" is up for six awards, though it didn't make the Best Picture lineup. And with five nominations apiece are "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "The Danish Girl," "Jurassic World" and "Sicario."
"Sicario" is arguably the most surprising nominee for Best Picture, though it's strange, then, that it earned no nominations for writing, directing or acting, save one for Emily Blunt in the special action-movie categories.
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"Mad Max," "Carol" and "Revenant" photo credits: Moviestore/REX