Mad Max: Fury Road was the big winner at last night’s Academy Awards picking up trophies in six out of the 10 categories it was nominated in, including Best Production Design, Best Makeup, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Costumes.
Director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic action adventure flick is so good that it’s one of the few movies where you actually look forward to the sequel (they’re going to make a sequel, right?). This is why the cast and crew of Fury Road totally earned all the hardware they took home last night:
We cheered when Daisy Ridley stormed the screen in the new Star Wars movie, but it was Charlize Theron who played our favourite action hero of 2015. Please note that we didn’t say “favourite female action hero”. No qualifier necessary here—all of the Avengers put together can’t hold a candle to Imperator Furiosa.
Because this is a movie that stars a woman who can look like a badass rocking a prosthetic arm on camera and eating hamburgers in a red carpet gown off camera.
Most action movies run on testosterone. This one runs on girl power. Fury Road‘s film crew was packed with women including Best Costume Design winner Jenny Beavan, Best Makeup and Hairstyling winners Lesley Vanderwalt and Elka Wardega, Best Film Editing winner Margaret Sixel, and Best Production Design winner Lisa Thompson.
Aside: we loved Jenny Beavan’s awesome speech about the environment (even if the crew from The Revenant didn’t). “I just want to say one quite serious thing, I’ve been thinking about this a lot, but actually it could be horribly prophetic, Mad Max. If we’re not kinder to each other, and if we don’t stop polluting our atmosphere,” she warned, “it could happen.”
Fury Road is the only movie to feature a tank-mounted flamethrower/guitar hybrid. (Though maybe not for long—once a director’s seen this in one movie, how do they not put it in their own?)
In Mad Max, it’s clear that Imperator Furiosa is in charge. She’s the one that’s going to get everyone out of this post-apocalyptic nightmare alive. Still, it’s sweet how every once in awhile, she lets Max Rockatansky drive.
Catch up on last night’s Oscar extravaganza: