Twentieth Century Fox led its rival studios in Oscar nominations for the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony, thanks to its hit movies “The Revenant” and “The Martian.”
Counting "Bridge of Spies,” which the Century City studio co-produced and released internationally, Fox earned an impressive 26 nominations Thursday morning. And if you count Fox Searchlight releases including “Brooklyn,” the Fox total rises to 30.
Warner Bros. came away with 11, thanks to a strong showing from director George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” while Paramount snatched six -- five of which were due to the Wall Street dramedy “The Big Short."
Universal Pictures banked four nominations, plus another four from its Focus Features unit (“The Danish Girl”).
The nominee list marked a contrast with last year’s leader board, which was largely dominated by specialty labels and independent distributors engaging in less commercial material.
A few of the nominees for the top awards -- picture, director, actor and actress -- and other selected categories at this year’s Academy Awards.()
Winner: Picture | Original screenplay. Nominations: Supporting Actor - Mark Ruffalo | Supporting Actress - Rachel McAdams | Director - Tom McCarthy(Kerry Hayes)
Winner: Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio | Cinematography | Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu. Nominations: Picture(Kimberley French / Twentieth Century Fox)
Winner: Actress - Brie Larson. Nominations: Director - Lenny Abrahamson | Adapted screenplay(Ruth Hurl / Element Pictures)
Winner: Original score. Nomination: Supporting actress - Jennifer Jason Leigh(Weinstein Company / TNS)
Winner: Supporting actor - Mark Rylance. Nominations: Picture | Original Screenplay(Jaap Buitendijk / DreamWorks)
Winner: Animated feature. Nominations: Original screenplay.(Handout )
Winner: Visual effects. Nominations: Original screenplay.(AP)
Winner: Sound mixing | Sound editing | Film editing | Costume design | Production design | Make-up and hairstyling. Nominations: Picture | Director - George Miller(Jasin Boland / Warner Bros.)
Winner: Supporting actress - Alicia Vikander. Nomination: Actor - Eddie Redmayne(Agatha A. Nitecka / Focus Features)
Winner: Adapted screenplay. Nominations: Picture | Supporting actor - Christian Bale | Director - Adam McKay(Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount Pictures)
Nominations: Picture | Actor - Matt Damon(Giles Keyte / Twentieth Century Fox)
Nominations: Supporting actor - Sylvester Stallone(Barry Wetcher / Warner Bros.)
Nominations: Picture | Actress - Saoirse Ronan(Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corpo)
Nominations: Actor - Bryan Cranston(Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Bleecker Street)
Nominations: Original screenplay(Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Pictures)
Nominations: Actor - Michael Fassbender | Supporting actress - Kate Winslet(Francois Duhamel / Universal Pictures)
Nominations: Actress - Jennifer Lawrence(Twentieth Century Fox)
Nominations: Actress - Cate Blanchett | Supporting actress - Rooney Mara(Wilson Webb / Weinstein Co.)
Nomination: Animated film(Paramount Pictures)
Nomination: Actress - Charlotte Rampling(Agatha A. Nitecka / Sundance Selects)
In 2015, Fox Searchlight was up for 20 awards (for the likes of “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Sony Pictures Classics secured 18 (for movies including “Whiplash”).
Perennial Oscar players the Weinstein Co. scored this year with nine nominations for movies like “Carol” and “The Hateful Eight,” though both were shut out of the best picture race. Additionally, the Weinstein’s Radius-TWC unit earned an original song nomination.
Indie upstart A24 boasts a strong seven nominations for pictures including “Room” and “Ex Machina.” Meanwhile, Open Road Films was close behind with six for the journalism drama “Spotlight."
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer took credit for two nominees: best original song contender “Spectre,” and “Creed,” for which Sylvester Stallone is up for best supporting actor.
This year’s best picture nominations are particularly weighted in favor of the major studios.
Five of the eight best picture contenders are considered big Hollywood studio films: “The Big Short” (Paramount), “Bridge of Spies” (Disney/Fox), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.), “The Martian” (Fox), and “The Revenant” (Fox).
Last year only two big studio movies earned best picture Oscar nominations -- Warner Bros.’ war film “American Sniper” and the Paramount Pictures-distributed civil rights drama “Selma.”
Oscar 2016 nominations by studio:
20th Century Fox: 27*
Warner Bros: 11
The Weinstein Co.: 10
Open Road: 6
Focus Features: 4
Fox Searchlight: 4
*Six nominations for “Bridge of Spies” shared by Fox and Disney.
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