Film4-backed films scoop three major Oscars


Film4-backed films scoop three major Oscars® including Best Actress and Best Documentary Feature

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Garlands Ex Machina are honoured at the 88th Academy Awards

Room and Todd HaynesCarol also score key wins at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards

Films backed by Film4, the UKs leading film development and financing company, took home major Oscars® for three of its internationally acclaimed titles - Room, Amy and Ex Machina- at last nights 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Brie Larson picked up the Best Actress award for Lenny Abrahamsons Room, Asif Kapadias Amy was honored as Best Documentary Feature and Alex Garlands Ex Machina received the Best Visual Effects Award.

On behalf of everyone at Film4 and Channel 4, I want to congratulate Brie Larson and the team behind Room, Amy’s Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees, and the Ex Machina visual effects team Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett —on their well-deserved Oscar wins. Im immensely proud of all our films and the remarkable filmmakers who have shared their vision and talent with us – it’s been an honour to be part of their journey. Supporting the British film industry both at home and globally is at the heart of everything we do at Film4 and Im thrilled that the Academy has recognised this broad range of unique voices and stories,said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

Abrahamson’s Room and Todd HaynesCarol were also honoured in key categories at the 31st annual Independent Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica on Saturday. Brie Larson won Best Actress, and Best First Screenplay was awarded to Emma Donoghue for Room. The Best Cinematography award went to Ed Lachman for Carol.

Film4 received a record 15 Oscar nominations this year for Todd Haynes’ Carol, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garlands Ex Machina, Andrew Haighs 45 Years, Paolo Sorrentinos Youth and Asif Kapadias documentary feature Amy.

About Film4:

Film4 is Channel 4 Televisions feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established. It recently announced an increase in its funding this year from £15m to £25 million.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueens 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyles Slumdog Millionaire, Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges and Phyllida Lloyds The Iron Lady in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ Four Lions, Shane MeadowsThis is England, Ben

Wheatleys Sightseers, Clio Barnards The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazers Under the Skin David Mackenzie’s Starred Up and Yann Demange's '71

Film4s recent releases include; Lenny Abrahamsons Room, Todd Haynes’ Carol, Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette, Justin Kurzels Macbeth, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Andrew Haighs 45 Years, Alex Garlands Ex Machina and Paolo Sorrentinos Youth.

Forthcoming releases include; Susanna Whites Our Kind of Traitor, Ben Wheatleys High-Rise and Free Fire, Ang Lees Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk, Benedict AndrewsUna and Andrea Arnolds American Honey.

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