Indie film distributor A24 had a “very good night” at last Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, having smashing success with its film EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE. The hard-to-describe movie labeled a “swirl of genre anarchy” by the New York Times, took home seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for his performance in THE WHALE, in another A24 release. It’s the first time in the 95 histories of The Academy that all five major awards were won by films from a single studio.
A24 has emerged as the industry’s leading independent distributor, best known for its feature films but also with some success in streaming with its series RAMY and EUPHORIA. Since it was founded in 2012, the NYC-based company has delivered a consistent stream of theatrical hits including SPRING BREAKERS, LADY BIRD, UNCUT GEMS, and the Best Picture winner MOONLIGHT.
Last year, in addition to EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE and THE WHALE, A24 also put out X, PEARL, MEN, AFTERSON, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON, BODIES BODIES BODIES and a number of smaller titles. While not all of these were successful at the box office, A24’s commitment to theatrical release may have engendered a positive sentiment among Academy voters and explained its relative success in comparison to studios focused on streaming releases such as Netflix, Apple, and Amazon.