Mad Max: Fury Road is easily one of the year's most critically acclaimed films, to say nothing of the most critically acclaimed blockbusters. George Miller's fourth Mad Max movie won over critics and audiences alike with its bold storytelling, stunning visuals and perfectly executed action. We're still a few months away from finding out how many critics will put the film on their Top 10 lists, and how many end-of-the-year awards the film will be nominated for, but today that doesn't matter, because Fury Road just won Best Film of the Year.
The International Federation of Film Critics has announced that Fury Road has won its prestigious Grand Prix Award for Best Film of the Year, beating out somewhat more predictable art film choices like Son of Saul and Taxi. Recent past winners of the award include Boyhood, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Amour and The Tree of Life, putting Fury Road in rather distinguished company. Oh, and in case you're wondering why the organization is giving out the award well before 2015's over: The Federation gives out awards based on a fiscal year running from July to July.
“You could have knocked me over with a feather!" Miller said of the honor. "It's lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way."
So, for Fury Road, the awards season is starting early, with a group of 493 film critics naming it the best film of the year. Miller will be honored with the Grand Prix later this month at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.