Critically Acclaimed Drama Warrior Receives Best Supporting Actor Nomination For Nick Nolte; Poignant Drama A Better Life Receives Best Actor Nomination For Demian Bichir; Margin Call Nominated For Best Original Screenplay; Albert Nobbs Garners Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress And Makeup Nominations
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Lionsgate® (NYSE: LGF) family of companies earned six Academy Award nominations from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences today as Summit Entertainment's A BETTER LIFE earned a Best Actor nomination for Demian Bichir, Lionsgate's WARRIOR earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Nick Nolte, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions' MARGIN CALL earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination and Roadside Attractions' ALBERT NOBBS received three nominations for Glenn Close as Best Actress, Janet McTeer for Best Supporting Actress and an Oscar nod for Best Makeup.
Legendary actor Nick Nolte was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his heart wrenching performance in WARRIOR, the inspirational action drama from acclaimed director Gavin O'Connor (Miracle). The film also stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy as brothers facing the fight of a lifetime.
Summit Entertainment's A BETTER LIFE, from filmmaker Chris Weitz, received a nomination for Best Actor for Demian Bichir. The film is a poignant, multi-generational story about a father's love and everything a parent will sacrifice to build a better life for his child.
MARGIN CALL is a Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions film that was released in theaters day and date with its VOD premiere. The taut financial industry thriller, which stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, and Zachary Quinto, struck a resonant chord in the popular zeitgeist, and is considered a game changer in the world of release strategies after its success in each of its release formats. Writer-director J.C. Chandor was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his film.
"We are thrilled that the Academy has acknowledged these four incredible films within the Lionsgate family," said Co-Chairs of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, adding, "Congratulations to the filmmakers. We are incredibly proud of the respective teams at Lionsgate, Summit, and Roadside who made this happen."
All three films are currently available on DVD and Blu Ray.
Glenn Close received a Best Actress nod for her performance as the titular character in ALBERT NOBBS, a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Janet McTeer was also acknowledged for her performance in the Best Supporting Actress category, with the film's makeup also receiving a nomination. ALBERT NOBBS opens in theaters on January 27, 2012.
"We couldn't be prouder of ALBERT NOBBS or happier that it was recognized by the Academy with its three well-deserved honors," said Roadside Attractions co-presidents Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff, continuing, "We were thrilled to collaborate with Lionsgate on the timely MARGIN CALL, which clearly resonated with Academy voters like it did with theatrical and VOD audiences."
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution. new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with the comedy "Blue Mountain State," the Golden Globe-winning drama "Boss" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", "The Wendy Williams Show" and "Are We There Yet?".
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, MARGIN CALL, THE LAST EXORCISM and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company now has the two leading young adult franchises – the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA, which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and the HUNGER GAMES franchise, whose first film will be released on March 23. Recent Summit hits include RED, LETTERS TO JULIET, KNOWING, the STEP UP franchise and the Academy Award winning Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER.
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About Summit Entertainment
Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The company handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product.
About Roadside Attractions
Roadside Attractions is a film distribution company committed to championing independent films with a willingness to entertain. The company's 2009 release, THE COVE, captured the Academy Award® for Best Feature Documentary, and in 2010, its 6 Oscar® nominations -- four, including Best Picture, for Debra Granik's WINTER'S BONE, and two, including Best Foreign Language Film, for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's BIUTIFUL, solidified its major position on the distributor landscape. In 2011, Roadside Attractions released J.C. Chandor's Oscar®-nominated MARGIN CALL starring Kevin Spacey, Zachary Quinto, Paul Bettany and Jeremy Irons; along with Robert Redford's THE CONSPIRATOR starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright; Oscar®-winning filmmaker James Marsh's PROJECT NIM; Miranda July's THE FUTURE and Maryam Keshavarz's CIRCUMSTANCE. Up next is the Academy Award® contender ALBERT NOBBS starring Glenn Close and Janet McTeer, which garnered three Oscar® nominations, three Golden Globe nominations and two SAG Award nominations; followed by FRIENDS WITH KIDS with a stellar ensemble cast including Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns.
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