Shortly after Mad Max: Fury Road's release in May, many fans started wondering if this blockbuster would have any shot at winning Best Picture at The 88th Annual Academy Awards, which were handed out last night. As it turns out, Mad Max: Fury Road did end up taking home the most Oscars, winning six, but it was largely shut out of the major categories, such as Best Picture and Best Director, for George Miller's work behind the camera. Mad Max: Fury Road was actually one of just three movies that ended up taking home multiple awards last night.
Mad Max: Fury Road's wins were largely in technical categories, taking home Oscars for Best Costume Design (Jenny Bevan), Best Production Design (Colin Gibson; Katie Sharrock, Lisa Thompson), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega), Best Film Editing (Margaret Sixel), Best Sound Editing (Mark Mangini, David White) and Best Sound Mixing (Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff). It was nominated for 10 awards in total, losing the Best Cinematography (John Seale), Best Visual Effects (Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams), Best Director (George Miller) and Best Picture awards. The Revenant won for Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu) and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), with Spotlight winning Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (Thomas McCarthy, Josh Singer) for its only two Oscar wins.
Over the past few years, the growing trend has been to spread the awards out as much as possible, and with only three movies winning multiple Oscars this year, that trend has continued. Long gone are the days of dominant movies like Titanic and The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King, which both took home 11 Oscars apiece. Those two movies are also exceptions to the rule that, most times, box office hits don't fare well in the major awards on Oscar Sunday. Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't actually the highest-grossing Best Picture contender, a title which goes to The Martian, but that movie was shut out of all the awards it was nominated for.
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary Mad Max franchise, comes Mad Max: Fury Road, a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
The supporting cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough and Abbey Lee. What do you think about Mad Max: Fury Road Oscar haul? Do you think it deserved to win Best Picture or Best Director for George Miller's work? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more Oscar analysis.