The post-apocalyptic action movie will compete for the Best Picture prize against The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario and Spotlight.

Mad Max's female star, Charlize Theron, leads the Best Actress category, which also includes Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Brie Larson (Room) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

The film's director George Miller will face off against Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant) for the Best Director prize, alongside Ridley Scott (The Martian), Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies), Todd Haynes (Carol) and Tom MCCarthy (Spotlight).

The Best Actor category features Hollywood veterans Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Johnny Depp (Black Mass) and Matt Damon (The Martian), along with Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Bryan Cranston (Trumbo).

Among those nominated for Best Supporting Actor are Sylvester Stallone (Creed) and Tom Hardy (The Revenant), and the Best Supporting Actress nominees include British stars Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) and Helen Mirren (Trumbo).

Carol, The Martian and The Revenant trail Mad Max: Fury Road with nine nominations apiece.

For the first time since 2010, the organisers behind the ceremony, the Broadcast Film Critics' Association, will hand out the awards alongside the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's Critics' Choice TV Awards.

U.S. series Fargo leads the TV nominations with eight.

The winners of the 2016 Critics' Choice Awards will be unveiled at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California on 17 January (16).