Megan Ellison: Low-Profile Financier’s Films Netted a Massive 17 Noms

Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.”

Daughter of Oracle CEO and billionaire Larry Ellison, the 27-year-old film producer and financier is part of a growing group of young entrepreneurs with deep pockets who are shifting the way Hollywood is bankrolling movies. Backing such high-risk, high-profile pictures as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Master” that were passed over by the major studio, has led Ellison and her company, Annapurna Pictures, to become among the most sought-after producers in the business.

Her mid-budgeted films, the $42 million “The Master,” the $45 million “Zero Dark Thirty” and the $40 million “American Hustle,” have collectively grossed over $290 million at the worldwide box office.

Ellison has also committed to resurrecting one of Hollywood’s most profitable film franchises, “The Terminator.” In 2012, she shelled out $20 million in order to secure the rights to future “Terminator” projects and star Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Writers and directors are also attracted to the young scion for her hands-off approach, championing auteur directors such as Jonze, Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson.

Her overwhelming wealth – her father’s net worth is $41 billion according to Forbes (making him the third-richest American behind Warren Buffett and Bill Gates) – is also a major attraction.

Although she has a sizable pocketbook, Ellison lacks a formal business education and dropped out of USC film school after less than a year. That doesn’t prevent her from single-handedly getting movies into production.

On Thursday, in the wake of the nominations announcement, the press-shy Ellison (who has never granted a personal interview) simply tweeted “17,” a bold but effective statement.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    Megan Ellison, one of Hollywood’s newest power brokers, has already made an outsized impression. Over the past three years, Ellison has financed a baker’s dozen films that have garnered 35 Oscar nominations, including 17 on Thursday for films she helped finance: David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster.” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content