×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Inside the Executive Lair of Tom Bernard

Tom Bernard
Co-President, Sony Pictures Classics
With the company since 1992
Before that: With Film Inc., United Artists, Orion Classics

Oscar season is the busiest time of year for Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard. From his cozy office in Sony’s sprawling Manhattan headquarters, he’s busy plotting the awards campaigns for critically acclaimed films including “Whiplash” and “Foxcatcher.” “We’re interested in quality movies from around the world,” he says of the indie label’s philosophy. The backdrop is vintage Bernard: a hodgepodge of hockey memorabilia, pictures with cultural elites such as Pedro Almodovar and Norman Mailer, and tchotchkes acquired over a lifetime spent traversing the arthouse scene.

CROUCHING TIGER, GRATEFUL ANG: Sony Pictures Classics scored its biggest hit so far with 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which grossed $130 million domestically. Director Ang Lee sent a pictorial thank you note showing one of the film’s gravity-defying martial artists.

ICED OVER: Bernard plays in various hockey leagues and has been known to lace up the skates along with Jerry Bruckheimer and Kiefer Sutherland. In addition to mementos and trophies, there’s a hockey stick signed by the Hanson brothers, the hockey brawlers featured so memorably in the cult classic “Slap Shot.”

PERFECT FOR NAPS: Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Michael Barker’s face adorns a pillow. It was a Secret Santa present from an intern, which is fitting given that the two met by picking each other’s names during a gift exchange from their time at Film Inc. “Whenever Michael leaves the office,” Bernard says, “he’s turned that around.”

AND THE WINNER IS: Sony Pictures Classics has earned more than 100 Oscar nominations, but the nods it received for French film “Indochine” and Brit pic “Howards End” are among the sweetest. Those wins came in 1992, the label’s first full year in business.

More Dirt

  • Annie Potts House

    Film and Television Veteran Annie Potts List Mid-Century Sherman Oaks Home

    Veteran film and television star Annie Potts and husband James Hayman appear to have caught a classic case of the Celebrity Real Estate Fickle, setting a mid-century residence in a secluded neighborhood just below Mulholland Drive in the foothills above Sherman Oaks, Calif., out for sale at $1.795 million after they bought it just over [...]

  • Ben McKenzie House

    ‘Gotham’ Star Ben McKenzie Sells Gotham Condo (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Gotham” star Ben McKenzie has sold a condo at the eco-minded Riverhouse complex in New York City’s Battery Park City that was last listed at $2.675 million. (Property records do not yet reflect a purchase price.) Married in 2017 to his Brazilian born and New York City raised “Gotham” co-star Morena Baccarin, the former “O.C.” [...]

  • Harry Styles House

    Harry Styles Still Seeking Sale of Sunset Strip Villa

    After more than 2.5 years on and off the market with an original asking price that pushed up on $8.5 million, British pop music phenom Harry Styles now has his modern villa above L.A’s Sunset Strip listed at $6.995 million. Once carrying costs, improvement expenses and real estate fees are calculated, the heavily tatted-up 25-year [...]

  • Vanessa Hudgens House

    Vanessa Hudgens Seeks Sale of Longtime Studio City Home

    Actress, recording artist and “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Vanessa Hudgens has her longtime home in the foothills above Studio City, Calif., up for sale at $3.85 million. The “High School Musical” franchise alum, who had a plum role earlier this year in the technical issue riddled televised musical “Rent: Live” and is [...]

  • Vance Owen Bel Air Mansion

    Producer Vance Owen Upgrades to Bel Air Mansion (EXCLUSIVE)

    Though he produced one of 2018’s worst performing and universally excoriated films, the John Travolta-starring biopic flop “Gotti,” personal injury attorney and prolific B-movie producer Vance Owen has nonetheless upgraded his real estate circumstances from a celeb-pedigreed Sunset Strip contemporary to an almost $6.9 million Mediterranean-inspired villa in the rustic-luxe upper reaches of L.A.’s Bel [...]

  • Armie Hammer Buys Hancock Park Mansion

    Armie Hammer Slides Into Hancock Park Traditional (EXCLUSIVE)

    A quietly dignified residence on in Los Angeles’ historic and historically well-to-do Hancock Park neighborhood has been sold for a tetch more than $4.7 million to an anonymous trust, and two ear-the-ground tattletales, including ever-reliable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak, swear the new owners are “On the Basis of Sex” star Armie Hammer and actress/baked [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content