LIONSGATE SCORES 26 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATIONS, INCLUDING 14 FOR "LA LA LAND"
La La Land Leads All Films in Nominations and Ties Record for Most Nominations for a Film
Lionsgate Has Three Best Picture Nominees—La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water with CBS Films
26 Academy Award Nominations Most Ever for the Studio
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) announced today that it has scored 26 Academy Award nominations across four different films, including a record-tying 14 Oscar nods for La La Land, the most for any film. With La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water (in partnership with CBS Films) all earning Best Picture nominations, Lionsgate garnered three of the Academy's nine Best Picture nods.
The 26 overall Academy Award nominations are the most in the Company's history, and La La Land's haul of 14 Oscar nods ties the previous record set by Titanic and All About Eve. La La Land's record-tying nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ryan Gosling, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Emma Stone, Best Director for Damien Chazelle, Best Original Screenplay for Chazelle, Best Original Score for Justin Hurwitz, and two Best Original Song nominations for "City of Stars" and "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)."
Critically-acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Andrew Garfield and Best Director for Mel Gibson, while the Company also garnered four nods with partner CBS Films for Hell Or High Water, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges and Best Original Screenplay for Taylor Sheridan. Lionsgate's Deepwater Horizon earned two Oscar nominations for Visual Effects and Sound Editing.
"On behalf of the entire Lionsgate family, we'd like to thank the Motion Picture Academy for recognizing the tremendous accomplishments of the creative talent responsible for these films," said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "Our 26 nominations are also a testament to the hard work, creativity and willingness to defy the conventional wisdom shown by every Lionsgate employee associated with these movies. Our success underscores the great diversity of our slate and the strength of our brand."
Following is a complete list of Lionsgate's Academy Award® nominations:
La La Land
Directing: Damien Chazelle
Performance by Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Ryan Gosling
Original Screenplay: Damien Chazelle
Original Score: Justin Hurwitz
Original Song: "City of Stars"
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Performed by Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Original Song: "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)"
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Performed by Emma Stone
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Directing: Mel Gibson
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Andrew Garfield
Hacksaw Ridge is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Directed by Mel Gibson from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, Hacksaw Ridge is produced by David Permut, Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, William D. Johnson, Bruce Davey, Paul Currie, and Terry Benedict. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment and Cross Creek Pictures present, in association with Demarest Media and Argent Pictures, produced in association with IM Global and AIM Film Productions, and in association with Vendian Entertainment and Kylin Pictures, a Pandemonium Films / Permut Presentations production.
Hell Or High Water
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Jeff Bridges
Original Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan
Hell Or High Water is a modern action drama set in West Texas where the distinction between honest men and outlaws has blurred beyond recognition. Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Gil Birmingham, Hell Or High Water is directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan, produced by Sidney Kimmel, Peter Berg, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn and executive produced by Gigi Pritzker, Bill Lischak, Michael Nathanson, Rachel Shane, John Penotti and Bruce Toll. Hell Or High Water is a production of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment & Film 44.
On April 20th, 2010, one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone's lives forever. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien and Kate Hudson star in Deepwater Horizon. Based on an article by David Barstow, David Rohde, and Stephanie Saul published in The New York Times, the screenplay is by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand and screen story by Matthew Sand. The film is produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and David Womark. Summit Entertainment and Participant Media present a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Closest to the Hole / Leverage Entertainment production, a Peter Berg film.
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With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving nearly 25 million subscribers and the STARZENCORE platform with over 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the Starz app delivering content directly to consumers.
The Company's feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, the critically-acclaimed box office hit La La Land, which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award nominations, Hacksaw Ridge, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate's Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions' Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films' breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.
One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate's slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the acclaimed drama The Royals, the Golden Globe-nominated Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit Starz series including Outlander, Black Sails, Survivor's Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.
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