In less than a decade, independent distributor A24 has been considered the cool kid on the block, both in terms of content and marketing.
The New York-based company got even cooler on Tuesday with its films winning 18 best Oscar nominations for six titles. Bounties are led by box office sensations Everything Anywhere All At Onceearned 11 nominations, the most of any film and included a spot in the coveted Best Picture race.
And, for the first time, A24 wins a spot in the best animated film category for Marcel the Shell with shoes onas well as seeing Belgium Close nominated for best international feature film, likewise, a category in which the distributor had not previously entered.
A24 scored four nominations in four acting categories, including best actor forWhale star Brendan Fraser and best actress for Everything is everywhere star Michelle Yoeh (her name made history).
Previously, the most nominations A24 earned in any given year was 10 in 2017, with 8 nominations going to Moonlightwent on to win Best Picture after the most famous foul in Oscar history.
“It has made for a very enjoyable morning and is a testament to the incredible talent we have been fortunate to work with,” the company said in a statement later on Tuesday. Everything is everywhere is a gift that does not stop giving; Outside of Oscar recognition, the film is the highest-grossing title in A24’s library after earning over $140 million at the worldwide box office.
However, the A24 cannot claim an industry win this year. The overall spoils went to the various movie kingdoms within the Disney empire, which brought home 22 nominations, led by Searchlight’s Inisherin’s Banshees (nine), Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda forever (four) and 20th century Avatar: The Road of Water (three). banshees and water path are all competing in the best movie race, while Pixar turn red is up for the best animation feature. (The competitors are empty-handed that Disney can count all of its banners together.)
Netflix pursues 15 Oscar nominations, with All is quiet on the Western front alone earn nine, including for best photo.
However, the legacy Hollywood studios still hold their own. Thanks in large part to Elvis, Warner Bros.’ The number is 12, while Paramount’s is the middle 11 Top Gun: Maverick and Babylon. And, including Focus Features, Universal beat them both with 14 nominations, led by Fabelman’s house (seven).
In terms of specials, Neon earned five nominations, including a Best Picture nomination for Sad triangle (United Artists Releasing and Sony Pictures Classics each choose two women talking and Lifecorresponding.
The 95th Academy Awards telecast will air on March 12.