It has been a good couple of weeks for "Mad Max: Fury Road." It won Best Picture from the National Board of Review on December 1. Then it picked up a trio of awards including Best Director (George Miller) from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on December 6, a Best Drama Picture nomination from the Golden Globes on December 10 and finally a whopping 13 nominations from the Critics' Choice Awards on December 14. As a result, the film has skyrocketed in our Oscar predictions for Best Picture and Best Director.
As recently as December 5, "Mad Max" ranked ninth in our Best Picture lineup, but now it's in sixth place with odds of 14/1 based on the combined predictions of Expert film journalists we've polled, along with Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscar nominations and the thousands of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.
Miller is also on the rise for Best Director. On December 5 he ranked seventh, but the recent awards windfalls for "Mad Max" have helped him move into our top-five with 17/2 odds, leapfrogging David O. Russell ("Joy") and Steven Spielberg ("Bridge of Spies") for the last Oscar slot.
As of this writing, "Mad Max" is forecast to receive nine Oscar nominations. In addition to Best Picture and Best Director, it ranks among likely contenders for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Of those, it's the frontrunner to win Production Design and both Sound categories.
Check out the chart below to see how "Mad Max" has risen in recent weeks (follow the purple line). Click on the chart for our complete Best Picture stats.
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"Mad Max: Fury Road" photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures