Oscars: Warner Bros., Sony Collect Most Noms
Among distributors, Warner Bros. scored the most nominations for the 86th Academy Awards, which were announced Thursday morning.
The Burbank-based studio collected a total of 21 nominations. Leading its list was the survival-in-space tale Gravity, which nabbed 10 noms. But the studio also fielded a deep list of films: Her, which scored five nominations, including a best picture citation; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which took three technical nominations, including one for visual effects; The Great Gatsby, which received recognition in the costume and production design categories; and Prisoners, which earned a nomination for best cinematography.
Sony was right on Warner's heels. Sony Pictures Entertainment's main unit distributed American Hustle, which tied Gravity for a commanding 10 nominations, and Captain Phillips, which has six nominations. Sony's specialty distributor Sony Pictures Classics accounted for another five nominations -- three for Blue Jasmine, one for Before Midnight and another for The invisible Woman.
Paramount collected 13 nominations: Six for Nebraska, another five for The Wolf of Wall Street and single noms for Star Trek Into Darkness and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
Perennial Oscar powerhouse The Weinstein Company amassed 11 nominations, nine for TWC releases and another two for its VOD unit Radius-TWC. TWC's biggest nom-getter was Philomena, which picked up four noms, including best picture. The distributor got two each for August: Osage County and The Grandmaster and one for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Meanwhile, Radius-TWC got feature documentary nominations for Cutie and the Boxer and 20 Feet From Stardom.
Thanks to the strong showing from 12 Years a Slave, Fox Searchlight was represented by nine nominations.
Meanwhile, Disney accounted for eight nominations: two each for Frozen and The Lone Ranger, and one each for Iron Man 3, Saving Mr. Banks, The Wind Rises and the animated short Get a Horse!.
Focus, Universal's specialty division, earned six nominations, all for Dallas Buyers Club, while Universal Pictures proper had another four -- two for Despicable Me 2 and two for Lone Survivor -- giving the studio bragging rights to 10 nominations.
CBS Films had two nominations, both for Inside Llewyn Davis.
And Netflix, the new kid on the block, had one nomination for the documentary The Square.