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Film4 celebrates 16 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best International Feature Film

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The text reads: 16 Oscar Nominations (with the R as you have it) (gap) Including (gap) Best Picture Best Director Best International Feature Film

Channel 4’s feature film division, Film4, today celebrates 16 nominations ahead of the 96th Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director and Best International Feature Film. 

The two Film4-backed films nominated are Yorgos Lanthimos’ POOR THINGS and Jonathan Glazer’s THE ZONE OF INTEREST.

The collective 16 Academy Award® nominations today mark the best-ever haul for Film4, topping its 15 nominations in 2016 – further to last week’s record-breaking 30 British Academy Film Award nominations. 

This news follows a run of recent accolades including ten Film4-backed films premiered at London Film Festival including Closing Night film THE KITCHEN, the Grand Prix (THE ZONE OF INTEREST) and Un Certain Regard (HOW TO HAVE SEX) at Cannes and the top prize at Venice, the Golden Lion (POOR THINGS).  Film4 backed films also won 14 British Independent Film Awards in December including Best British Independent Film for ALL OF US STRANGERS, and two Golden Globes for POOR THINGS, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress Emma Stone.

Daniel Battsek, Chairman of Film4 and Ollie Madden Director of Film4 comment: “We’re immensely proud of Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things and Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest, and congratulate the nominees behind these masterful films at this year’s Academy Awards®.  These distinctive cinematic visions, each brilliant in its own right, represent the range of voices and stories we seek to back at Film4.”

Yorgos Lanthimos’s POOR THINGS was nominated for the following 11 categories:

  • Best Picture (Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone)
  • Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Tony McNamara)
  • Best Actress (Emma Stone)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo)
  • Best Editing (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
  • Best Costume Design (Holly Waddington)
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling (Nadia Stacey, Mark Couler and Josh Weston
  • Best Cinematography (Robbie Ryan
  • Best Production Design (James Price and Shona Heath; Set Decoration: Zsuzsa Mihalek)
  • Best Original Score (Jerskin Fendrix)

Jonathan Glazer’s THE ZONE OF INTEREST was nominated for the following 5 categories: 

  • Best Picture (James Wilson and Ewa Puszczyńska)
  • Best Director (Jonathan Glazer)
  • Best International Feature Film (United Kingdom)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay (Jonathan Glazer)
  • Best Sound (Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers)

Congratulations to all the nominees!




For further information please contact:

Mark Pitchford

Lisa Earnshaw

                                                                       About Film4

Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Florian Zeller’s The Father, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

Film4’s recent releases include Molly Manning Walker’s Un Certain Regard prize-winning How to Have Sex, Martin McDonagh’s BAFTA winning The Banshees of Inisherin, Oliver Hermanus’ Living, Florian Zeller’s The Son, Mark Jenkin’s Enys Men and Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or-winning Titane. , Jonathan Butterell’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rebecca Hall’s Passing, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Will Sharpe’s The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Aml Ameen’s Boxing Day, Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday, Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor, and Jim Archer’s Brian & Charles. Forthcoming titles include Yorgos Lanthimos’ Venice Golden L`ion winner Poor Things, Jonathan Glazer’s Cannes Grand Prix winner The Zone of Interest, Steve McQueen’s Occupied City, Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers and Rose Glass’ Love Lies Bleeding.