Oscars: U.K.'s Film4 Celebrates Record 15 Nominations

'Carol,' Wilson Webb

The Oscar-buzzworthy drama tells the tale of an unexpected love affair between a young photographer (played by Rooney Mara) and an older woman (Cate Blanchett) who's going through a difficult divorce with her husband. While their performances have been highly praised, they're not the only ones to command the screen — the film's '50s-inspired looks take center stage, too. Styled by Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, Mara is dressed up in actual vintage garb scoured from the U.S. while Blanchett wears custom-designed pieces. 

The banner, led by David Kosse, received nominations for six separate films, more than it had ever recorded in a single year in the past.

Less than a week after it emerged with 22 BAFTA nominations under its belt, Film4 is celebrating once more, this time 15 Oscar nominations, a record for the British production banner.

The company that helped produce previous Academy Award winners, such as 12 Years A Slave and Slumdog Millionaire, got nominations for six of its films: Carol, Room, Ex Machina, 45 Years, Youth and Amy. Film4's acknowledgment from Academy voters highlights its growing international influence, having launched in 1982 as a spinoff from British broadcaster Channel 4 and initially becoming known for its gritty U.K. dramas.

"We are deeply grateful that the Academy and its members have embraced our films and recognized the extraordinary talent and creativity in bringing them to audiences far and wide," said Film4 director David Kosse, the former Universal executive who became head of the company in late 2014 following the departure of Tessa Ross.

"Fifteen nominations across the films is an amazing validation of our belief in the potential of these bold, inspirational stories we championed at Film4," he said. "It’s enormously rewarding to see everyone’s hard work and creativity illuminated by an Oscar nomination, and I am delighted to see so many of our friends and partners honored."