Oscars: Fox Dominates Studios With 'The Revenant,' 'Martian'
The intense frontier epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio earns 12 noms alone, the most of any film, although in a major snub 'The Martian's' Ridley Scott is shut out of the director's race.
The Murdoch family has good reason to be pleased with its Hollywood film studio, 20th Century Fox.
Fox picked up the most Academy Award nominations of any studio or indie film company Thursday morning with 20 noms — including a dozen for Alejandro G. Inarritu's bloody frontier epic, The Revenant, the most of any film. And the tally rises to 26 when including Bridge of Spies, which Fox co-produced and released overseas (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving dual credit to Disney and Fox).
The Revenant, produced and financed by New Regency, landed nominations for best picture, best director, best actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), best supporting actor (Tom Hardy) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).
Ridley Scott's The Martian is also driving Fox's victory with seven nominations, the third most for any film, although Scott was shut out of the director's race in a surprise snub. The movie is up for best picture, best actor (Matt Damon) and adapted screenplay (Drew Goddard), among other categories.
Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for best actress for David O. Russell's Joy, another Fox film, although the movie has been a major disappointment on the awards circuit overall.
After Fox, Disney took home the second-most nominations, 15, thanks to movies including DreamWorks' Bridge of Spies, Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which scored five noms in technical categories (it was shut out of the best picture and best director categories).
Mad Max: Fury Road bestowed Warner Bros. with 10 nominations and Creed one for a total count of 11. Village Roadshow partnered with Warners on Fury Road; MGM on Creed.
Paramount boasts six nominations between The Big Short, co-produced by New Regency, and Anomalisa, while Universal only scored three: two for Steve Jobs and one for Straight Outta Compton.
Sony took home only one nomination for original song (Spectre) after Will Smith failed to land a best actor nom for Concussion.
Among specialty distributors, The Weinstein Co. fared the best with nine nominations for Carol and The Hateful Eight. A24 took home a strong seven (Room, Ex Machina and Amy), while Open Road Films scored six (Spotlight) and Focus Features, four (The Danish Girl). Lionsgate nabbed four for Sicario and Shaun the Sheep, while Sony Pictures Classics took home one (Son of Saul).
New distributor Bleecker Street secured its first nomination for Trumbo; ditto for The Orchard for documentary Cartel Land. And Netflix landed two nominations for documentaries What Happened, Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom.
Here is a list of distributors by number of nominations:
Fox — 20
Disney — 15
Warner Bros. — 11
The Weinstein Co. — 9
A24 — 7
Paramount — 6
Open Road — 6
Focus Features — 4
Lionsgate — 4
Universal — 3
Netflix — 2
GKIDS — 2
Radius-TWC — 2
Sony — 1
Sony Pictures Classics — 1
IFC — 1
Bleecker Street — 1
The Orchard — 1
Music Box Films — 1
Abramorama — 1
Oscilloscope — 1
Drafthouse — 1
Cohen Media Group — 1
Film Movement — 1
Magnolia — 1