When the dust settled on Tuesday’s Oscar nominations, for the first time in its 10-year history, independent studio A24 emerged as the single most nominated studio, with a total of 18 nods across six movies. These include Best Picture nominees “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which leads all films with a total of 11 nominations, as well as “The Whale” (actor, supporting actress, and makeup and hair), “Aftersun” (actor), ” Causeway”. ” (Supporting Actor), “Close” (international film), and “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (animated feature).
“It’s great to see a film like ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ so widely recognized, our first nominations in the International and Animation categories and eight amazing actors receive their first Oscar nominations,” the studio said in a statement. per diversity. “It made for a very exciting morning and is a testament to the incredible talent we are lucky enough to work with.”
The achievement capped a stunning awards season for the still-young company, which today positions itself as the industry’s leading fully independent film studio. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges, A24 quickly established itself as the home of sophisticated, envelope-pushing fare like 2013’s “Spring Breaker” and 2014’s “Under the Skin”.
In 2015, A24 entered the Oscars in a big way, with nominations for the disappointing drama “Room”, the sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” and the Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy”, all of which took home trophies ( , respectively, for Best Actress, Documentary Feature and visual effects). The following year, “Moonlight” won three Oscars, including Best Picture. Since then, A24 has had at least one nominee at every Academy Award, including 2017’s “Lady Bird,” 2020’s “Minary,” and 2022’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
But this year, the studio splashed out its biggest awards to champion films that puncture the noise. (Disney also claims victory at this year’s Oscars with 22 total nominations, but it covers several of its categories, including Searchlight, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Pixar.)
“Everything Everywhere” was A24’s highest-grossing indie story of the year of all time, with more than $104 million worldwide; Its 11 nominations were surprising even to most prognosticators. “The Whale” is a rare awards season release this year that surpassed $10 million domestic gross, when Paul Mescal (with “Aftersun”) and Brian Tyree Henry (with “Causeway”) both won hotly contested races for best actor and supporting actor, respectively. . In an independent film landscape that has grown increasingly grim post-pandemic, A24’s achievement is welcome news.