Warner Brothers Won the Oscars, and It Wasn’t Even Close

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bill-swift - March 4, 2014

The Academy wants us to think the Oscars are all about honoring brilliant artists and masterful filmmakers who produce "important" films. However, if this were true there would be no such thing as an "Oscar campaign."

In reality, Oscar nominations and wins make studios money, so they seek them aggressively. Thus, the Oscars don't just honor great films, they honor great films that were expertly marketed. The real "winners" aren't the actors, directors, cinematographers, costume designers, and sound editors. The real winners are the studios.

So who won the 2014 Academy Awards? That would be Warner Bros, and it wasn't even close. They didn't take the top prize this year like they did last year with Argo. However, thanks to Gravity (7), The Great Gatsby (2), and Her (1), the WB did win more total statuettes than all the other studios combined.

Meanwhile, Harvey Weinstein, who basically invented the modern Oscar campaign and has dominated in recent years, nabbed just one lousy Academy Award through his documentary company, Radius TWC.

Here's a complete list of Oscars by studio, courtesy of The Wrap:

Warner Bros.: 10

Focus Features: 3 (Dallas Buyers Club)

Fox Searchlight: 3 (12 Years a Slave)

Disney: 2 (Frozen)

Sony Pictures Classics: 1 (Blue Jasmine)

RADiUS-TWC: 1 (20 Feet from Stardom)

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