Fox Searchlight Pictures took flight at the Oscars thanks to
The specialty film label, a division of 20th Century Fox, racked up eight awards during the Sunday night telecast to beat out Hollywood rivals. Its victories consisted of four for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman" — including best picture and director — and four more for
It was a strong follow-up to last year, when Fox Searchlight's "12 Years A Slave" won best picture. With 2009's winner "Slumdog Millionaire," three Searchlight pictures have now won the top prize.
Fox Searchlight came into this year's Oscar festivities with 20 nominations (nine apiece for "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest Hotel," plus two for "Wild.")
Films from the Sony Pictures Entertainment subsidiary were nominated for 18 awards. Its dark Steve Carell-Channing Tatum drama "Foxcatcher" came up empty, despite five nominations.
IFC Films, which arrived at the Oscars with its first-ever best picture nominee, went home with just one Oscar for its 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age tale "Boyhood." Patricia Arquette won supporting actress for her role as the mother of the lead character.
Disney swept the animation categories with the computer animated feature "Big Hero 6" and the winning short film "Feast."
"American Sniper" delivered one trophy for