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Indie Distributor A24 Breaks into Oscars Race with Seven Nominations

Among the fresh faces from Thursday morning’s Oscars nominations are Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”), Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”) — and A24.

The New York-based distributor, launched in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, made a strong showing with seven Oscars nominations. Three of A24’s films — “Room,” “Ex Machina” and “Amy” — are competing in this year’s Academy Awards, following the indie’s inaugural awards season push.

“Room” — the indie based on Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel about a boy and mother held hostage in a garden shed — landed four nominations, including best picture, best actress (Brie Larson), best director (Lenny Abrahamson) and best adapted screenplay (Emma Donoghue).

Ex Machina,” a British sci-fi film starring Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, earned two Oscar nominations, for best original screenplay and visual effects. “Amy,” the critically acclaimed doc about the late singer Amy Winehouse, scored a nomination in the best documentary category.

For the last few years, A24 has been known for aggressively bidding on movies at film festivals—among it’s biggest acquisitions at last year’s Sundance was “The End of the Tour” starring Jason Segel as the late novelist David Foster Wallace. The company also launched an Oscars campaign for that film. However, Segel didn’t make it into the Oscars race.

The company previously received Spirit Awards nominations for “Obvious Child,” “The Spectacular Now” and “A Most Violent Year.”

In stark contrast to other Hollywood companies, which always seize the opportunity on these occasions to boast about their achievements, A24 continues to shun the spotlight. Despite its impressive maiden voyage to the Oscars, A24 issued a “no comment.”

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