Golden Globes: Fox Outshines Disney With Nominations

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Between Fox Searchlight and Fox's main production arm, the studio collected 27 nominations.

Twenty-first Century Fox may be on the verge of being swallowed up by The Walt Disney Company — discussions are underway for Disney to acquire many of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. But, at least at today’s Golden Globe nominations, Fox clearly eclipsed Disney.

In terms of distributors, Fox’s specialty division Fox Searchlight led the list, thanks to such films as The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Battle of the Sexes, with 15 nominations.

Close behind was Fox’s main production arm, which collected 12 nominations, for The Post and The Greatest Showman and the animated movies Ferdinand and The Boss Baby — the last film, from DreamWorks Animation, represented a distribution deal that has since ended.

In all, Fox — headed by Fox Film chairman Stacey Snider — could claim a collective 27 nominations.

Disney, on the other hand, picked up just two — for the Pixar animated movie Coco. Its lavish live-action musical, Beauty and the Beast, which was released in March and has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, was inexplicably snubbed. And since the Globes don’t include crafts categories like the Oscars, there were no nominations to be had for Disney’s Marvel releases.

Among other distributors, the indie A24 picked up seven; Sony Pictures Classics had six while Sony Pictures itself had another six (giving Sony a combined twelve across its divisions); Focus had four, while neon, Netflix and Warner Bros. all had three. Universal Pictures claimed two (which added to Focus’ four, gave Universal a hand in six). And Paramount Pictures scored just one — Hong Chau’s supporting nomination for Downsizing.