Paramount ranked second with a total of 18 nominations.
A little song, a little dance and lots of guns, explosions and mayhem proved a winning combination for Lionsgate as the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today. The company collected 26 noms, spread across four films, the biggest haul in its history. Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, with its record-tying 14 noms, led the list, positioning Lionsgate to capture its first best picture Oscar since its first (and only previous) win for 2004’s Crash.
The company’s tally is further bolstered by six nominations for Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, four for Hell or High Water (which Lionsgate distributed for CBS Films), and two for Deepwater Horizon. And while Lionsgate was only too happy to stake a claim in the neo-Western Hell or High Water, CBS Films was just as pleased to point to the film’s four noms, since that also represented a record nomination haul for that company, founded in 2007, which now has its first best picture nominee in Hell.
In the distributor rankings, Paramount Pictures checked in in second place, with a total of 18 noms, but it relied on a total of seven films to reach that number. By far, its most nominated movie was the sci-fi tale Arrival, which picked up eight, including one for best picture. Paramount had a second best picture nominee in the drama Fences, which scored four noms. Florence Foster Jenkins had two — for best actress Meryl Streep and costume design. And the rest of Paramount’s films claimed one nominations each: Silence (cinematography), Allied (costume design), Star Trek Beyond (makeup and hairstyling) and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (sound mixing).
Meanwhile, new kid on the block A24 was third with ten nominations — eight of those went to best picture nominee Moonlight, while both The Lobster and 20th Century Women each earned an original screenplay nom.
Disney racked up eight noms, from five feature films and the Pixar-animated short film Piper. The features yielded two noms for Moana, two for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and one each for Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book and Zootopia.
Amazon had seven noms — six for its drama Manchester by the Sea, distributed theatrically with Roadside, and one for the foreign-language entry The Salesman, which was handled by Cohen Media Group.
The Weinstein Company weighed in with six noms, all from Lion.
Focus, Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Bros and Fox all had four noms each. Focus’ came from Kubo and the Two Strings, Nocturnal Animals and Loving. SPC’s were attributed to Elle, Toni Erdmann, Land of Mine and The Red Turtle. Fox’s included three for Hidden Figures and one for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.
Fox Searchlight registered three noms, all from Jackie.
Netflix collected three — one from the documentary 13th and two more from the short documentaries Extremis and The White Helmets.
Sony had two from Passengers, while Music Box had two from A Man Called Ove.
Universal had one for Hail Caeser!. Bleecker Street had a single nom from Captain Fantastic.
Other single-nom holders included GKIDS (My Life as a Zucchini), Kino Lorber (Fire at Sea), Magnolia (My Life as a Negro), A&E Indie (Life, Animated), ESPN (O.J.: Made in America) and HBO Documentary (Jim: The James Foley Story).