Inside Sony’s Comeback Year With Moviegoers, Investors – and the Academy

“The year was a really good mix of refreshed IP … combined with a big effort to take risk on very original storytelling,” Chairman Tom Rothman tells TheWrap

In the shadow of Hollywood’s mammoth film and TV studios, Sony Pictures steadily carved out a successful 2019. Thanks to box office breakouts like “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the Culver City studio had an impressive turnaround with nearly $1.4 billion in domestic ticket sales and almost $3.4 billion worldwide.

This week, the studio’s comeback was validated with 20 Oscar nominations — including Best Picture nods for “Once Upon a Time” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” — the most of any legacy Hollywood studio. (Netflix garnered 24 nominations.)

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Trey Williams

Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams