The National Board of Review has revealed its 2015 film awards, naming Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film. Given the wealth of films released this year, the best picture award for the film which starred Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy may come as a surprise as was the exclusion of several frontrunners for the Oscars, including films Joy, The Revenant and The Danish Girl.

Other films included in the rewiew were the mulitple award-winner The Martian starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain alongside Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. The opening film for this year's Dubai International Film Festival, Room, also received accolades.

Here's a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Director: Ridley Scott for The Martian
Best Actor: Matt Damon for The Martian
Best Actress: Brie Larson for Room
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone for Creed
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight
Best Adapted Screenplay: Drew Goddard for The Martian
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Breakthrough Performance: Abraham Attah for Beasts of No Nation & Jacob Tremblay and Room
Best Directorial Debut: Jonas Carpignano for Mediterranea
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Documentary: Amy
William K. Everson Film History Award: Cecilia De Mille Presley
Best Ensemble: The Big Short
Spotlight Award: Sicario, for Outstanding Collaborative Vision
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Beasts of No Nation & Mustang

The National Board of Review Awards gala will be held on January 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.