This awards season doubles as an arms race among the men and women writing the checks as six leading contenders boast a pedigree of deep-pocketed producers who seem to possess as much good taste as money.
Who he is: A 20-year film industry veteran backed by Louisiana oil tycoon Timmy Thompson.
Oscar contender: Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate)
Previous years: Black Mass, The Ides of March, Black Swan
Who he is: The billionaire former president of eBay.
Oscar contenders: A Monster Calls (Focus), Deepwater Horizon (Lionsgate), The Light Between Oceans (Disney)
Previous years: Spotlight, Citizenfour, Lincoln
Who he is: The son of billionaire Garmin co-founder Min Kao.
Oscar contender: Martin Scorsese's Silence (Paramount)
Previous years: Knight of Cups
Who she is: The daughter of billionaire FedEx founder Fred Smith.
Oscar contender: La La Land (Lionsgate)
Previous years: Sicario, The Blind Side
Who he is: The billionaire founder of Jones Apparel Group, now Nine West Holdings.
Oscar contender: Hell or High Water (CBS Films)
Previous years: The Age of Adaline, The Place Beyond the Pines
Who she is: The daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is back in the race again.
Oscar contender: 20th Century Women (A24)
Previous years: Foxcatcher, Her, American Hustle, Zero Dark Thirty