Mad Max: Fury Road claims Australian record for most Academy Award nominations

15 January, 2016 by Brian Karlovsky

Mad Max: Fury Road.


George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road has collected 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.

This is the most nominations ever for an Australian film.

Despite breaking the Aussie record it was still only the second most nominated film overall this year.

Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant took that mantle and will provide stiff competition for the road rage epic come awards night.

Cate Blanchett has also been nominated for best actress in leading role for her potrayal of a housewife who is threatened with losing custody of her daughter because of a relationship with another woman in Carol.

Mad Max: Fury Road surpassed Moulin Rouge's previous record haul of eight nominations, of which it won for costume design and set decoration.

Miller won the animated feature film Oscar for Happy Feet in 2007.

The ten nominations include: Best Picture Doug Mitchell and George Miller (Producers) for Mad Max: Fury Road; Director George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road Production Design Colin Gibson (Production Design); Lisa Thompson (Set Decoration) for Mad Max: Fury Road; Visual Effects Andrew Jackson (UK/AUS), Tom Wood (UK/AUS), Dan Oliver and Andy Williams (UK) for Mad Max: Fury Road; Film Editing Margaret Sixel (SA/AUS) for Mad Max: Fury Road; Makeup and Hair Styling Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road; Sound Mixing Chris Jenkins (US), Gregg Rudloff (US) and Ben Osmo for Mad Max: Fury Road; Sound Editing Mark Mangini (US) and David White for Mad Max: Fury Road; Costume Design Jenny Beavan (UK) for Mad Max: Fury Road; Cinematography John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Screen Australian chief executive, Graeme Mason said: “We are beyond thrilled to see Dr George Miller and his Mad Max: Fury Road team gain the recognition they so richly deserve,” he said.

“I’m particularly pleased to see so many technical, production and design artists nominated – an area in which Australia continues to excel, and a reminder of the skill it takes to create a world like that of Mad Max.”

“It’s no surprise that Cate Blanchett’s work on Carol has also been recognised, further cementing her place as one of Australia’s great screen talents and cultural ambassadors.”

Full nominations list:

Best actor nominations:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best actress nominations

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best director nominations:

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best supporting actor nominations:

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best supporting actress nominations:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best foreign language film:

Embrace of the Serpent” (Colombia)

Mustang (France)

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Theeb (Jordan)

A War (Denmark)

Best animated feature:


Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best documentary feature:


Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best original screenplay:

Bridge of Spies – Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

Ex Machina – Alex Garland

Inside Out – Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Ronnie Del Carmen

Spotlight – Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus Best adapted screenplay:

The Big Short – Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

Brooklyn – Nick Hornby

Carol – Phyllis Nagy

The Martian – Drew Goddard

Room – Emma Donoghue

Best cinematography:


The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant


Best original score: Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Carter Burwell, Carol

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Johann Johannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best original song:

Earned It from Fifty Shades of Grey

Manta Ray from Racing Extinction

Simple Song #3 from Youth

Til It Happens To You from The Hunting Ground

Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre

Best visual effects:

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens








  • Me

    How? I’ve seen a Fury Road trailer at the theater and I almost managed to fall asleep during those few minutes while it lasted, it was so boring.