Lionsgate Earns Five Academy Award Nominations



    
    Best Actress Nomination For Julie Christie (AWAY FROM HER), Best Adapted
    Screenplay Nod For Sarah Polley (AWAY FROM HER) And Best Documentary
    Feature (SICKO) Cap Week of Critical Acclaim For Lionsgate Filmed
    Entertainment Product
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 23 /CNW/ --
Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) continued its leadership among independent studios at
the Academy Awards (R) yesterday, garnering five Oscar (R) nominations
spanning three films. Lionsgate has now earned 32 Academy Award (R)
nominations in the past nine years, more than any other independent studio.
    The kudos included: Julie Christie, who was nominated for Best Actress
for the critically-acclaimed Away From Her; Sarah Polley, who earned a Best
Adapted Screenplay nomination, also for Away From Her; Marco Beltrami,
nominated for Best Original Score for 3:10 To Yuma; Paul Massey, David
Giammarco and Jim Stuebe, who received a nod for best achievement in sound
mixing, also for 3:10 To Yuma; and Sicko, Michael Moore's critically-acclaimed
indictment of the U.S. health care system, which was nominated for Best
Documentary Feature.
    "Critical acclaim and commercial success are not an either/or
proposition," said Lionsgate co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture
Group President Joe Drake.  "Even as our North American box office for this
fiscal year continues to roll toward a Lionsgate record $400 million, these
awards show that Lionsgate also remains a critical leader and our creative
talent continues to generate some of the most original, exciting and
prestigious product in the business."
    In addition to Lionsgate's five Oscar (R) nominations, Mandate Pictures,
which was acquired by Lionsgate in August 2007, earned four Academy Award (R)
nods for the sleeper hit Juno, released by Fox Searchlight.  The nominations
included Best Picture, Best Actress (Ellen Page), Best Director (Jason
Reitman) and Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody).
    The Academy Award (R) nominations cap a week of critical acclaim for
Lionsgate.  Last week the Company won Golden Globe (R) awards for Julie
Christie, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama (Away
From Her), Best Television Series - Drama (Mad Men) and Best Performance By An
Actor In A Television Series - Drama (Jon Hamm, Mad Men), underscoring the
breadth and quality of Lionsgate's filmed entertainment product.
    Lionsgate also currently has the #1 DVD in North America (3:10 To Yuma)
and opens the eagerly-anticipated action film Rambo, starring Sylvester
Stallone, nationwide this Friday.
    Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and is a
premier producer and distributor of motion picture, television programming,
home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally
delivered content.  Its prestigious and prolific library of nearly 12,000
motion picture titles and television episodes is a stable source of recurring
revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core
businesses.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the globe.

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    For further information, please contact:
    Peter D. Wilkes
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Peter D. Wilkes of Lionsgate, +1-310-255-3726, 
pwilkes@lionsgate.com Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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