Oscar: Best Picture Nominees–Some Numbers

Focus Features
Produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus

This is the first nomination for Diana Ossana in this category. She is also nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category this year. This is the third nomination for James Schamus, and the first in this category. His other two nominations were in connection with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), for co-writing the Adapted Screenplay and for writing the lyric to the nominated song, A Love Before Time.

UA/Sony Pictures Classics
Produced by Caroline Baron, William Vince and Michael Ohoven

This is the first nomination for all three.

Lions Gate Films
Produced by Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman

This is Paul Haggis first nomination in this category. He is also nominated this year for this film in the Directing and Original Screenplay categories. Paul Haggis was nominated last year for his adapted screenplay for Million Dollar Baby. This is the first nomination for Cathy Schulman.

Warner Independent Pictures
Produced by Grant Heslov

This is his first nomination in this category. He is also nominated for his Original Screeenplay.

Universal and DreamWorks
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg and Barry Mendel

This is Kathleen Kennedys fifth nomination, all in this category. Her other nominations were for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Color Purple (1985), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Seabiscuit (2003). This is Steven Spielbergs eleventh nomination and the fifth in this category. His other Best Picture nominations were for E.T., The Color Purple, Schindlers List (1993), for which he took home an Oscar, and Saving Private Ryan (1998). He has six Directing nominations, for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T., Schindlers List and Saving Private Ryan – these last two resulting in Oscars – and this film. He also received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1986 for consistently high quality of motion picture production. This is Barry Mendels second nomination in this category; he was also nominated for The Sixth Sense.