Oscar nominations for "Amour" as best picture and foreign-language film provided a boost to the one studio that still regularly brings subtitled films to the U.S.
Sony Pictures Classics, the New York-based specialty label owned by the studio behind "Spider-Man" and "Men in Black," also released the last movie to garner Academy Awards nominations in both categories: 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Other studios remain in the business of distributing low-budget "prestige" movies for adults through divisions such as Fox Searchlight and Universal Pictures' Focus Features. But SPC is known for releasing films that are particularly challenging commercially, including "Amour," from Austria, and "Rust and Bone" and "Chicken With Plums," from France, last year.
None of those movies has grossed more than $1 million in the U.S. and Canada. But with five nominations, including screenplay and actress, "Amour" may now have promotional ammunition to reach a broader audience.