Best Actress 2015: Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road


The Facts

Oscar History
Theron has one win from two nominations

  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Monster (2002)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for North Country (2005)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Imperator Furiosa, who “rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland” (via IMDb)


  • Cannes Film Festival – Official Selection; Out of Competition (May 14, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
U.S. Release Date: May 15, 2015; Sept. 11, 2015 (IMAX rerelease)
U.S. Box Office: $153,036,441 (as of Sept. 2, 2015 – will clearly rise after IMAX rerelease)

Why? Theron’s strong command of Imperator Furiosa inspired passionate support for this genre pic; Fury Road is her film through and through. If Warner Bros. campaigns for it…

Why not? But genre bias. The distributor boasts at least two films more likely for major attention – Black Mass and Our Brand is Crisis – even if they give Fury Road a concentrated awards push. On that note, Sandra Bullock looks like WB’s main push for now. Theron gets few “moments,” which really matters when considering a film/performance like this.

Ranking: No. 25 as of Sept. 7, 2015

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Picture 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Director 2015: George Miller for Max Max: Fury Road
  • Best Adapted Screenplay 2015: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris for Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Crafts 2015