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Sony, Warner Bros lead studios in nominations for Oscar gold

Published on Jan 17, 2014 5:59 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Sony Pictures Entertainment and Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros led Hollywood studios competing for Academy Awards with 21 nominations each, grabbing publicity that could provide a box office bounce for their contending films including American Hustle and Gravity.

The recognition on Thursday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was especially sweet for Sony, which came under heavy criticism in 2013 from activist investor Daniel Loeb after two big-budget bombs over the summer.

On Thursday, Sony's quirky tale of 1970s corruption American Hustle tied with Warner Bros. space thriller Gravity for the most nominations with 10 each. Both will compete in the best picture race, along with Sony's hostage drama Captain Phillips and Warner Bros computer-age romance Her. One young producer, 27-year-old Megan Ellison, solidified her stature in Hollywood, grabbing two nominations for backing American Hustle and Her. Ellison, the daughter of billionaire Oracle Corp co-founder Larry Ellison, runs production company Annapurna Pictures, which also produced a Sony nominee last year, Zero Dark Thirty. Ellison is only the fourth person, and the first woman, to earn two best picture nominations in the same year.

The other films competing for the best picture statue are 12 Years A Slave from 20th Century Fox ; The Wolf Of Wall Street and Nebraska from Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures; Dallas Buyers Club from Comcast Corp's Universal Pictures; and Philomena from the privately held Weinstein Company.

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