February 25, 2008 / 6:09 AM / 9 years ago

Art-house studios edge out majors at Oscars

<p>Best supporting actor Javier Bardem (R), actor Tommy Lee Jones (L) and actor Josh Brolin celebrate after their film "No Country For Old Men" won the Oscar for best motion picture during the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 24, 2008.Gary Hershorn</p>

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Art-house studios Miramax Films and Paramount Vantage shared the corporate honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday with six wins each, thanks to their collaborations on high-profile winners "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."

"No Country For Old Men" won four awards, including best picture and director for the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. "There Will Be Blood" won two awards, including best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

The two films led the field with eight Oscar nominations each.

In all, Miramax received 21 nominations, followed by Paramount Vantage with 19. Miramax is a unit of Walt Disney Co. Paramount Vantage is part of Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures.

Paramount Vantage released "There Will Be Blood," the story of a misanthropic oilman, domestically, while Miramax is handling international responsibilities. The roles are reversed for "No Country For Old Men," a tale of a cool-headed killer who cuts a swath of destruction across small-town Texas.

Neither film exactly enjoyed mainstream success. "No Country For Old Men" has earned $64 million after 16 weeks in North America, while "There Will Be Blood" has drawn $35 million after nine weeks.

Universal was the most successful of the major studios, with four awards. "The Bourne Ultimatum" swept in all three of its technical categories, and "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" won for costume design. The studio is a unit of General Electric Co's NBC Universal.

Two studios owned by Time Warner Inc won a pair each. Art-house unit Picturehouse picked up two for "La Vie En Rose," including best actress for Marion Cotillard. Warner Bros. made the winners board with single wins each for "Michael Clayton" and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

Fox Searchlight releases "Juno" and "Once" each won a statuette. The studio is a unit of News Corp.

Reporting by Dean Goodman, editing by Mary Milliken and Peter Henderson

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