Academy Awards: Car-crossed movies that are outta this world

Mad Max is on the road to possible movie immortality with 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and directing categories.

But the post-apocalyptic road-rage rally, which features a bevy of dune-buggies-on-steroids chasing protagonist Mad Max down Fury Road, isn’t the only spotlight movie pumped up with amazing vehicles.

It’s just the one that’s most over the top – which is going some considering “Furious 7” also is on the list.

(Check out a previous blog post ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is a shockingly wild ride of movie-car mayhem.)

Mad Max is not even the only road trip movie getting attention – with “The Martian” (OK, it’s a stretch) also in the running to win the coolest dashboard figurine ever, a golden statuette called Oscar.

“The Martian” was nominated in seven categories, including best picture and best actor. In it, Matt Damon plays a marooned astronaut who, after being left behind, eventually sets off across the planet’s desert surface to a destination from which he hopes to be rescued – the ultimate road trip.

Other car-crossed movies getting Oscar attention with the number of nominations are “Bridge of Spies” (six, including best picture) and “Straight Outta Compton” (one for best original screenplay).

Several others that would be nominated in the movies-with-cool-cars category if the Academy Awards had that are the James Bond movie “Spectre,” which earned one nomination for best original song, and “Furious 7,” which actually was the subject of grousing for NOT receiving a bid in the same category.

Some standout vehicles from these movies are:

Mad Max: Fury Road

Hopped-up 1974 Ford XB GT Falcon Coupe, 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, Dodge Valiant Charger V8, Supercharged V8 Volkswagen Beetle and Chevrolet five-door coupe.

The Martian

The Mars rover, based on NASA’s Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle.

Bridge of Spies

Volvo P1800, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, Willys M38 (Jeep), 1955 Imperial, 1956 Chrysler Windsor and New Yorker, Borgward Isabella Cabriolet, and various other classic 1950s-era vehicles.

Straight Outta Compton

Dr. Dre’s 1987 Ferrari Testarossa and 1970s Datsun B-10, Eazy-E’s 1964 Chevrolet Impala and 1958 Suzuki Samurai, 1980 Lincoln Continental Mark VI, and LAPD 1987 Chevrolet Caprice.


Aston Martin DB10 and DB5, Jaguar C-X75, Land Rover Defender Big Foot and Range Rover Sport SVR.

Furious 7

W Motors Lykan Hypersport, Ferrari 458 Italia, Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin DB9, 2014 Maserati Ghibli, McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Nissan GT-R, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, Dodge Challenger R/T and 1972 Plymouth Barracuda, etc., etc., etc.

Honorable mentions and movies include: 2015 Tartan Prancer and Ferrari 308 GTSi (Vacation); Vauxhall Motors Bedford van (The Lady in the Van); Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6, Sprinter and G-Wagen (Jurassic World); BMW M3 and 7 Series (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation); Audi R8 (Avengers: Age of Ultron); Toyota Sienna (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water), and Jaguar MK9 and E Type Series 1 Roadster, Ferrari 250 GTO, Wartburg 353 and Trabant (The Man from UNCLE).

And the winner for the movie with the coolest cars is …

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