The depth of Focus returns


It was a good morning to be Focus Features CEO James Schamus, who saw his company take the Golden Globe film nominations by storm.

Thursday also came with a feeling of deja vu. Two years ago, Focus led the pack with 12 noms as its "Brokeback Mountain" led the field with seven nominations.

This year, Paramount Vantage and Universal specialty division Focus scored 11 noms each. But Focus also could boast the dominant film, "Atonement," with its seven nominations. In addition, it fielded "Eastern Promises" (three noms) and "Lust, Caution" (one nom). And that's not counting Focus' stake in Paramount Vantage's "Into the Wild," for which the company is handling non-English international rights.

But then, who's counting?

"I'm back from Taipei and I'm on such a high," said Schamus, who co-wrote and  produced Ang Lee's "Lust," which just won seven Golden Horse awards.

(The movie's foreign-language Globe nom helps make up for the "complete absurdity" of the film's disqualification in the foreign-language Oscar race, Schamus said.)

"Today is a massive sweep," he added.