Drama. Compassion. Icons. Romance. Challenges – words that describe the wonderful films distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures over the last 15 years.
While their parent company, 20th Century Fox, has had plenty of misfires over the years, Fox Searchlight continues to produce and distribute award-winning quality work.
With multiple potential Oscar nominees on the slate this winter, Fox Searchlight is only getting stronger. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Sunshine) reunites with the studio for 127 Hours. Darren Aronofsky also continues his relationship with the company this December with Black Swan. In addition, Conviction and Never Let Me Go may find themselves nominated on the acting front.
There is no argument about the quality of Fox Searchlight’s films. Kee van Dijkhuizen has edited together a fantastic sizzle reel of the studio’s best moments over the last 15 years.
In just under two minutes, there wasn’t enough time to honor all of Fox Searchlight’s hits. It does touch upon the more familiar recent titles, like Juno, Garden State and (500) Days of Summer, to name a few.
What makes this division of Fox so cherished is its attention to compelling stories. 20th Century Fox looks at the big picture, and frequently succeeds financially. The smaller, more engaging titles find their way through the Fox Searchlight logo. The closest it has come to a true blockbuster-type film might be the underrated Sunshine.
Fox Searchlight started back in 1995 with a single film release – Edward Burns’ The Brothers McMullen. Now, they churn out multiple films each year that generate Oscar buzz. Looking way into the future, they will distribute Terrence Malick’s dramatic epic The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
The video is a great compilation of the work of this rare studio – a studio that cares more about quality than box office numbers. Awards, not money, are the fuel that keep Fox Searchlight at the top of the game.
What is your favorite Fox Searchlight Pictures movie? It’s hard to pick, but mine might be Thank You For Smoking.