Academy Awards

Film4-backed films scoop 3 Oscars, including Best Actress and Best Documentary Feature

29 Feb, 2016 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards

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

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

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Brie Larson picked up the Best Actress award for Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Asif Kapadia’s Amy was honoured as Best Documentary Feature and Alex Garland’s 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. I’m 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 I’m thrilled that the Academy has recognised this broad range of unique voices and stories,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

Alex Garland's Ex Machina, backed by Film4

Abrahamson’s Room and Todd Haynes’ Carol 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 Garland’s Ex Machina, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Asif Kapadia’s documentary feature Amy.

Six Film4 titles score a record 15 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Director for Room

14 Jan, 2016 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards, Awards

Six Film4-backed films received a record 15 Oscar nominations for the 88th annual awards ceremony, which will air live on 28th February 2016, including Best Picture and Best Director nominations for Room.

“We are deeply grateful that the Academy and its members have embraced our films Carol, Room, Ex Machina, 45 Years, Youth and Amy and recognised the extraordinary talent and creativity in bringing them to audiences far and wide. 15 nominations across the films is an amazing validation of our belief in the potential of these bold, inspirational stories we championed at Film4. It’s enormously rewarding to see everyone’s hard work and creativity illuminated by an Oscar nomination and I am delighted to see so many of our friends and partners honoured today. Congratulations to you all – it’s very well deserved,” said David Kosse, Director of Film4.

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Amongst the films backed by Film4, Todd Haynes’ CAROL received 6 nominations including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Lenny Abrahamson’s Room received 4 nominations including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Brie Larson and Best Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue.


Alex Garland’s Ex Machina received 2 nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Achievement in Visual Effects.

AMY was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and Charlotte Rampling was nominated for Best Actress for her role in 45 YEARS. Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH received a nomination for Best Original Song.



Film4-backed films Oscar® nominations in full:



Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara
Adapted Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Achievement in Cinematography: Ed Lachman
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original score): Carter Burwell
Achievement in Costume Design: Sandy Powell



Best Motion Picture of the Year: Ed Guiney
Achievement in Directing: Lenny Abrahamson
Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson
Adapted Screenplay: Emma Donoghue


Original Screenplay: Alex Garland
Achievement in Visual Effects: Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett


Actress in a Leading Role: Charlotte Rampling


Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original song): Simple Song # 3, music and lyrics by David Lang


Best Documentary Feature: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees