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Weinstein, Sony Classics Lead Oscar Nom Tally

Indie studios show once again their ability to create films worthy of recognition

Sony Pictures Classics and The Weinstein Company each garnered 13 nominations, the most for individual movie companies, on Tuesday morning, proving once again that size doesn’t always matter in the Oscar race.

In a record for the indie, Sony’s arthouse arm grabbed major nominations for "An Education," "The Last Station," and even "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," and several more for foreign language categories. That compared to only 5 for big Sony, which took four for the edgy science fiction parable, "District 9," and one for Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia." 

Similarly, The Weinstein Company snagged 13 nominations – including eight for the much-lauded Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds," and another four for "Nine," which so far has not taken hold at the box office.

Paramount came in second, with 12 nominations, led by its favorite, "Up in the Air." 

If one added arthouse divisions with the parent company, Sony arguably swept the most nominations – 5 for big Sony, and another 13 for Sony Pictures Classics – for a total of 18.