Studios and their Considerations – What are They Pushing?

Award Season… and So the Long Trek Begins.

For Your Consideration: Films from Disney, Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal, and Warner Bros.

Missing as of Nov. 28th:  Dreamworks Studios,  Lionsgate,  CBS Films, and Relativity. For A24, Dreamworks Animation and Sony Pictures CLICK HERE.

The INDEPENDENTS have their say – Check it out: All Independent Spirit Award Nominations.

While the film festival circuit has given us some hints on noms, the studios’ marketing machines are gearing up to create prestige and buzz around their favorite movies – and their favorite people. Some of these studio selections seem odd, perhaps millions of times over, but not every film is pushed for every category. That is yet to be decided. In some cases.

Yet you can bet that the major contenders will come from these lists.



Big Hero 6
Into the Woods 

The Feast





Fox Searchlight:

Wild Movie

Birdman – Nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards
The Grand Budapest Hotel







The Theory of Everything = Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones


Focus Features:

Theory of Everything
The BoxTrolls (Animated)
Kill the Messenger
Wish I Was Here
Bad Words



20th Century Fox:
The Fault in Our Stars
Rio 2 (animated)
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The Book of Life (animated)
X-Men Days of Future Past
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


The Gambler



Transformers: Age of Extinction
Men, Women & Children
Interstellar (with Warner Bros.)
Top Five
The Gambler
Selma – Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards



 Sony Pictures Classics:

Foxcatcher – – Winner of Special Distinction Award from Independent Spirit
Jodorowsky’s Dune (documentary)
Lambert & Stamp (documentary)
Leviathan  – Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award (Not to be confused with this Leviathan)
Love is Strange – Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards
Magic in the Moonlight
Merchants of Doubt (documentary)
Mr. Turner
Red Army (documentary)Still Alice
Saint Laurent
The Salt of the Earth – Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
Still Alice – Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
Whiplash – Nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards
Wild Tales (Foreign Language)

You throw enough out there and some will stick.


Universal Studios:


A Million ways to Die in the West – (Music & Song!)
Get on Up


American sniper


Warner Bros.

The Lego Movie (Animated)
The Judge
Inherent Vice
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
American Sniper




Eleanor Rigbby


The Weinstein Company:
Begin Again

Big Eyes – – Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
The Imitation Game
St. Vincent




Kind of bummed that The Drop did not make it. Tom Hardy was very good in it, and I liked Noomi Rapace also. Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island) did good here too. There is an outside chance that 20th will include it but it would have fit well in their Searchlight division, which already made its selections. Box Office matters.

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CJ Rangel – October 2014

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