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National Board of Review Awards: 'Mad Max' Success & Turkish Freedom of Expression

'Mad Max: Fury Road': National Board of Review Best Film Award winner. National Board of Review 2015 Awards: First indication of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' awards season potential Going over the December 2015 movie awards not previously discussed on this site, we begin with the National Board of Review Awards, announced on Dec. 1. (Scroll down for the full list of winners.) Not including the Gotham Awards, which specifically honors independent American cinema, the National Board of Review was the first group to announce their Best of the Year picks this awards season. As a result, they were the first to indicate that George Miller's action-thriller Mad Max: Fury Road would be a major awards contender this year. Since then, […]


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National Board of Review Awards: 'Mad Max' Success & Turkish Freedom of Expression



Kathryn Bigelow First Female Best Director Winner: National Board of Review Awards

Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow. The “war on terror” thriller Zero Dark Thirty has yet to open in the United States, but it can already be labeled as one of the year's most controversial movies, as it deals with the hunt for and assassination of Osama bin Laden. Besides, there have been questions about how much – if any – confidential information was provided to Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, the same team responsible for the 2009 awards season favorite The Hurt Locker. Following Best Picture and Best Director wins at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Zero Dark Thirty has also topped both categories at the National Board of Review Awards. Chiefly notable is the fact […]


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Kathryn Bigelow First Female Best Director Winner: National Board of Review Awards



EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.

Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst. The European Film Academy (EFA) Awards' Best European Film winner, Melancholia tells the story of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg) as one of them is about to get married and a fast-approaching planet is about to collide with the Earth. Melancholia became the third Lars von Trier film to win the top award, following Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000) – this despite the fact that von Trier became embroiled in a nasty controversy following jokes regarding Jews and Adolf Hitler at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier himself took home the Best European Director award for Dogville in 2003. (The Best European Film that year was Wolfgang Becker's much […]


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EFA Best European Film Honors Another Controversial Filmmaker + Homages to Early Cinema Lead in U.S.