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And The Winners Are... Oscar Nominees' Parent Media Companies

And The Winners Are... Oscar Nominees' Parent Media Companies

There’s no talent monopoly in the 2017 film industry. Nine public corporations and dozens of private companies brought this year’s Oscar-worthy pictures to the big screen.

Based on Academy Award nominations, here is how the talent is distributed:

Lions Gate

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (previously traded (NYSE: LGF)): 20 nominations

In the category of best picture, Lions Gate had a hand in the production of “La La Land” and the distribution of “Hell or High Water.”

“Hell or High Water” secured four nominations, while “La La Land” is represented in 14 total categories, including lead actress (Emma Stone), lead actor (Ryan Gosling) and director (Damien Chazelle).

Deepwater Horizon,” which was distributed by Lions Gate subsidiary Summit Entertainment, is up for two awards.


Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIAB): 15 nominations

Paramount Pictures, a subsidiary of Viacom, produced best picture nominees “Arrival” and “Fences.”

“Fences” seized additional nominations for lead actor Denzel Washington and supporting actress Viola Davis, while “Arrival” secured nominations for best director (Denis Villeneuve) and six technical categories.

Paramount also distributed cinematography nominee “Silence” as well as “Florence Foster Jenkins,” for which Meryl Streep received a best lead actress nomination.

21st Century Fox

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ: FOXA): 14 nominations

Twenty-First Century Fox and subsidiaries brought multiple best picture nominees to the big screen. “Hidden Figures” was produced by the parent company, while “Hacksaw Ridge” was produced by Fox 2000 Pictures and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Octavia Spencer represents “Hidden Figures” in the category of best supporting actress, while “Hacksaw Ridge” was nominated for best director (Mel Gibson) and best lead actor (Andrew Garfield).

Twenty-First Century Fox also helped distribute “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Jackie,” the latter of which is up for three awards, including best lead actress (Natalie Portman).

Village Roadshow

Village Roadshow Limited (ADR) (OTC: VLRDY): 9 nominations

The Australian company produced the eight-category nominee, “Moonlight,” and distributed the single-category nominee, “Passengers.”


Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS): 8 nominations

Disney produced animated feature nominees “Zootopia” and “Moana,” as well as three films acknowledged in technical categories: “The Jungle Book,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Doctor Strange.”

Amazon, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): 7 nominations

Amazon Studios played a role in the distribution of “Manchester by the Sea” and partnered with Cohen Media Group for distribution of the foreign language film, “The Salesman.”

“Manchester by the Sea” is up for six awards, including best picture, best lead actor (Casey Affleck) and best director (Kenneth Lonergan).


Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA): 5 nominations

Focus Features, a subsidiary of Comcast, distributed “Nocturnal Animals” and “Loving,” which received nominations in best supporting actor (Michael Shannon) and best lead actress (Ruth Negga), respectively.

It also distributed “Kubo and the Two Strings,” which is up for best animated picture and visual effects.

One-category nominee “Hail, Caesar!” was produced by Comcast subsidiary Working Title Films Ltd. and distributed by Comcast’s Universal Pictures.


CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS): 4 nominations

The CBS Films division contributed to the distribution of “Hell or High Water.”

Time Warner

Time Warner Inc (NYSE: TWX): 3 nominations

Picturehouse Entertainment, a division of Time Warner, distributed best original screenplay nominee “The Lobster.” Meanwhile, the Warner Bros. Pictures division distributed the two-category nominee of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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