Mad Max: Fury Road Tops Austin Film Critics Association Awards

Full list of winners, plus who made the best Austin film?

Mad Max: Fury Road takes the title Austin Film Critics Association best film of 2015

What a day, what a lovely, lovely day for director George Miller. The Austin Film Critics Association has selected his return to the postapocalyptic Outback, Mad Max: Fury Road, as the best film of 2015, and named Miller the best director.

Miller's tale of a fire-throwing, truck-wrecking race across the desert was the top film, but this wasn't a year in which there was a clear winner dominating all categories. In total, Fury Road took two awards; abduction drama Room slightly bested that with three awards.

In a similar sign of the strength of performances this year, no single film swept the board in the all-important acting categories. Crunching the numbers shows that relative newcomer Alicia Vikander took the best supporting actress prize for sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, while Sylvester Stallone's return to ringside for Creed scored him a judges' decision for best supporting actor. As for the lead awards, Michael Fassbender's eerie re-creation of the Apple founder for Steve Jobs was market leader for best actor. He's joined by Room's Brie Larson for her depiction of a mother's determination.

As for Room itself, it took one of three special awards this year, as young star Jacob Tremblay won the Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award. Named in honor of late AFCA co-founder Bobby McCurdy, the award is intended to celebrate the arrival of a remarkable new talent. Arguably the same can be said with the selection of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter to receive the Austin Film Award. Recognizing works by directors resident in Austin during production, the prize goes to hometown talent David Zellner for arguably his most accomplished work to date.

Finally, rounding out the list of special honors, the AFCA singled out Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt for his short film "World of Tomorrow," already a Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals.

The awards were voted on over two rounds by AFCA members, which includes critics with Ain't It Cool News, the Austin American-Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Birth.Movies.Death., Cinapse, DVDActive, Fandango, Film School Rejects, FirstShowing.net, GotchaMovies.com, Hill Country News, Horror's Not Dead, KOOP 91.7 FM Radio, Movies.com, One of Us, ScreenCrush, Slackerwood, Smells Like Screen Spirit, Twitch, We Live Film, and YNN Austin.

Now here's the full list of winners. Congratulations to all.

Best Film: Mad Max: Fury Road D: George Miller

Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room

Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Best Original Screenplay: Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Inside Out

Best Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Cinematography: Edward Lachman, Carol

Best Score: Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Best Foreign-Language Film: Son of Saul, D: László Nemes

Best Documentary: The Look of Silence D: Joshua Oppenheimer

Best Animated Film: Inside Out, D: Pete Docter

Best First Film: Ex Machina, D: Alex Garland

Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Jacob Tremblay, Room

Austin Film Award: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, D: David Zellner

Special Honorary Award: Austin-based writer/animator Don Hertzfeldt in celebration of a career of remarkable short filmmaking and contributions to animation spanning two decades, with 2015's award-winning "World of Tomorrow" being recognized as his best work to date

AFCA 2015 Top Ten Films

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Spotlight
3. Carol
4. Anomalisa
5. Room
6. TIE: Ex-Machina and Inside Out
8. Creed
9. The Big Short
10. Sicario

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