1. Mad Max: Fury Road
Cast: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult
Director: George Miller
Our take: When the dust clears and 2015 is a distant memory, only a few movies will remain in memory's eye. Mad Max: Fury Road, with visual gusto and a brain on its head, is one of them. Here's why we named it the Best Movie of the Year.
Will it win? Miller's post-apocalyptic vision is picking up wins from critics and artist groups alike. There's a lot of love for a free-wheeling blockbuster. But is it Oscar material? The idea's been drilled so hard into Hollywood, voters could feel compelled to vote for something more inherently "prestigious." If so, Fury Road will ride on to Valhalla.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. His favorite movie is Groundhog Day. Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.