Mad Max Won All The Oscars, Except The Ones It Really Deserved

Mad Max Won All the Oscars, Except the Ones It Really Deserved

There was a brief moment during the Oscars where it looked like Mad Max: Fury Road might be on the way to getting the recognition it deserved as a truly groundbreaking, visually stunning film. Spoiler alert: It didn't.

As is so often the case for genre works, Mad Max: Fury Road won a boatload of behind-the-scenes awards — five of the six it was nominated for — but lost Best Director and Best Picture. Here are the Mad Max winners, which are richly deserved:

Film Editing: Margaret Sixel

Costume Design: Jenny Beavan

Makeup: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin

Sound Editing: Mark Mangini and David White

Sound Mixing: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo

All of these people did a truly amazing job making a goddamn miracle of a film. I am so glad they were recognised. And I'm also thrilled that no other movie won more awards than this one. But here's the thing: With Mad Max being acknowledged as the year's best in so many categories, why didn't George Miller and the film as a whole deserve to win?

Reasonable minds can differ about the relative quality of the Best Picture nominees. There were a lot of great movies in the past year. But Mad Max: Fury Road was a masterpiece. It is a credit to the entire medium on every. Single. Level. The Oscars should have rewarded it, and George Miller, for doing absolutely everything right. Not most things. Everything.

Fury Road is a gorgeous movie — with a bunch of important underlying messages about autonomy, sexism, climate change, greed... Fury Road has everything, executed with a grace that is frankly astonishing. This movie makes impossible things look damn easy. Even its own backstory — the years Miller and co. spent laboring to get it done, in the face of mind-blowing setbacks — exhibit the best kind of filmmaking passion. There is not a single thing that the other nominees did, that Mad Max didn't also do. Usually better.

Being angry at the Oscars is a pointless endeavour, since it's an essentially pointless show. At the end of the day, Miller, and everyone who worked on the film, got to actually make their dream project. And people saw it, and loved it. But, goddamn, would it have been great for the people who make films to step up and acknowledge its brilliance. To encourage more filmmakers to reach as far as they did, and to achieve what might seem impossible.


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    "Mad Max: Fury Road was a masterpiece. It is a credit to the entire medium on every. Single. Level."

    It was far from this in my books, a solid 7.8/10.

    Not trying to argue who's right and wrong, I'm just saying it's far from a perfect film for me. Films are subjective, so I guess they thought the other films were better.... no need to have a cry about it. Happy they took out that many awards, they done good.

      I found it genuinely boring in spots. In terms of viewing enjoyment, somewhat below average.

      Maybe because it seemed mostly like one really long car chase. The themes may have been there, but they were buried under lots of "Let's go fast, kill people and blow stuff up."

      I was watching it with a couple of other people who, if anything, thought even less of it, so I wasn't alone.

        This. I went and saw it at the cinema and did walk out thinking it was a bit of fun, but I honestly doubt I will ever bother to watch it again ever.

        Yeah I was being generous with my words haha. For me it was a "slightly better than average action movie". The set and costume design was 10/10 but I really felt like the story was super average.

    "Mad Max: Fury Road might be on the way to getting the recognition it deserved as a truly groundbreaking, visually stunning film." OK, I'll agree it was visually stunning but it broke no new ground whatsoever. The story was a minor tweak of Mad Max 2 and even the stunts were largely reminiscent of that film. Even the big CG dust storm looked suspiciously like scenes from one of the Mummy films.

    I really enjoyed Fury Road but it is no masterpiece.

    "with a bunch of important underlying messages about autonomy, sexism, climate change, greed" - Yeh nah, it's a big budget action movie that for 99% of cinema goers provokes no thoughts other than 'wow that shit was cool'.

    Mad Max Fury Road was really good, but it was also a little bit overrated. Glad to see it win some awards but I didn't think it deserved the big nods.

    But, goddamn, would it have been great for the people who make films to step up and acknowledge its brilliance. To encourage more filmmakers to reach as far as they did, and to achieve what might seem impossible.

    It's already out there; MM:FR is big, bold and successful; its work was done, long before the Oscars.

    I'm happy The Revenant got thrown some love - Inarritu is one of the most exciting modern directors. He's just as inspiring to me as Miller.

    Fury Road was better than The Revenant and should have won instead.

    Best use of a $3 bunnings garden fork in a costume.

    It was a probably best post apocalyptic truck chase movie ever... but it was an average Mad Max film... People need to go back and watch the original Mad Max to see exactly what Fury Road was missing. The car chases in Mad Max were always well done but they were never the whole movie and the original Mad Max always felt like a believable prelude to a believable post apocalyptic future. Fury Road felt like a comic book or computer game. All that effort they put into doing real stunts and it still looked really artificial.

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      If you didn't have the qualifier "post-apocalyptic" in there, I'd have to strongly disagree, as Duel is obviously and objectively the best truck chase movie ever.

    It's certainly good as a live-action over the top Roadrunner cartoon, but kinda meh as anything else. The effects and designs both on screen and in audio are brilliant, but the story is very paper thin and nothing is really explained. It's a good popcorn movie but it's just nowhere close to being worthy of the best picture award.

    Didn't rate it, The Mrs didn't rate it. Tom Hardy said three words the entire film that we could barely interpret. Had boobs i guess. 6/10

    Last edited 01/03/16 5:11 pm

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