But Miramax does well by all reckonings
|Main story: ‘Chicago’ dances to top
Nominee count by film
Oscar nominations this year require endless footnotes, especially when it comes to studio tallies for feature-length pics.
For example, Paramount has “The Hours” domestically; Miramax has it overseas. The domestic/overseas split also applies to Fox and DreamWorks for “Road to Perdition” and “Minority Report.”
Miramax had 31 noms (plus a stake in the nine for “Hours”). The company’s previous best was 23 noms in 1998. Paramount holds the all-time record, with 39 noms in 1974.
The 9-month-old Focus Features earned 11, marking its first noms (though earlier incarnations such as USA Films and October Films got a slew of other best-pic noms). Focus has fiscal ties to Universal, though it operates independently.
Aside from its nine noms for “The Hours,” Par got one for its Nickelodeon pic “The Wild Thornberrys Movie.”
New Line had eight, including its second best-film bid, after last year’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
Sony had six, while Sony Pictures Classics got four. And Columbia TriStar Film Distributors Intl. is distributing “El Crimen del Padre Amaro” throughout the world, except for theatrical release domestically, where it is partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Buena Vista had three. Fox had three (and stakes in seven others, shared with DreamWorks). DreamWorks had three, plus eight others (seven with Fox, one with Warner Bros.). Universal had two. United Artists had one.
In terms of indies, IFC nabbed two bids in the screenplay category; most other indies were cited in the foreign-lingo and docu categories, including Cowboy Pictures, Zeitgeist and Alliance Atlantis.
Intermedia, a subsidiary of Internationalmedia AG, had a stake in 15 noms, for “Gangs,” “Adaptation” and “The Quiet American.”
The majors’ tallies again remind that studios’ relationship to Oscar is cyclical. In the past two years, Universal and DreamWorks earned a heap o’ noms and eventually shared in the best-pic winner (“Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind”); in contrast, Miramax and Paramount had relatively modest showings last year. This year, all of them ran savvy campaigns, but some films simply didn’t ignite voters’ affection.
As Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said Tuesday, “The movie business is cyclical — thankfully, this is one of those good years.”