Commissioner Zemsky Congratulates Six Productions Nominated For 12 Oscar Awards

Four Nominated Productions Participated in the New York State Post-Production Film Tax Credit Program

January 24, 2017

Productions Generated More Than $15.7 Million in Spending; Created Approximately 100 New Hires in the State

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today congratulated six productions that received a total of 12 Oscar nominations for the 89th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2017 – four of which participated in the New York State Post-Production Tax Credit Program –  have spent more than $15.7 million and generated approximately 100 new production jobs across the state.

“New York is a leader in the film and television industry, becoming the premier destination for post-production and creating thousands of jobs and economic impact statewide,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Congratulations to all of the nominees who have proven that New York is home to the most innovative and talented workforce.” 

The New York State Post-Production Tax Credit Program was established in 2010, allowing productions filmed outside of New York State to complete post-production in New York and receive a 10 percent tax credit on qualified costs. In 2012, Governor Cuomo signed legislation raising this percentage to 30 percent Downstate and 35 percent Upstate, which has resulted in extraordinary growth in recent years. Since Governor Cuomo increased the post-production tax credit, applications increased from 17 to more than 300.

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has contributed billions of dollars to the Empire State and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. Last year alone, 187 film and television projects applied for the program and are estimated to generate a record-breaking 200,681 new hires and $3.3 billion in new spending for New York State.   

A complete list of the 89th Annual Oscars Nominees that participated in the New York Post-Production Film Tax Credit program follows:

Best Picture
Manchester by the Sea
Producers: Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh

Best Director
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actor
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Screenplay
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto, Silence

Best Visual Effects
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton, Deepwater Horizon

Production Design
Jess Gonchor (Production Design); Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration), Hail Caesar!

Best Sound Editing
Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli, Deepwater Horizon

Best Documentary (Feature)
Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow, OJ: Made in America*

Best Documentary Short Subject
Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen, Joe’s Violin**

*Post-production in New York but did not participate in the New York State Production Tax Credit
**Filmed in New York but did not participate in the New York State Production Tax Credit

About the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.nylovesfilm.com

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