Commissioner Zemsky Congratulates Nine Productions Nominated For 20 Oscar Awards

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

January 23, 2018

Productions Generated More Than $179.8 Million in Spending; Created Approximately 3,280 New Hires in the State

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today congratulated nine productions that received a total of 20 Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards. The productions garnering nominations in 2018 – nine of which participated in the New York State Film Tax Credit Program – have spent more than $179.8 million and generated approximately 3,280 new production jobs across the state.  

“We’ve established a competitive global marketplace for film and television production and post-production in New York State, which results in billions of dollars in spending and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Congratulations to today’s nominees who again prove that New York remains home to the best workforce anywhere in the world.” 

The New York State Film Tax Credit Program, launched in 2004, has incentivized billions of dollars in economic investment across the state and continues to be the principal factor cited by productions when deciding to film and produce in New York. The nine productions winning awards generated more than an estimated $179.8 million in spending in the state and approximately 3,280 new hires in the state. In 2017, 229 film and television projects applied for the New York State Film Tax Credit Program, estimated to generate 228,547 new hires and $3.9 billion in new spending for New York State.

This year, several New York-based companies distributed nominated films, including the Cohen Media Group for Faces Places and The Insult, A24 for Lady Bird and Florida Project, and Sony Pictures Classics for Call Me by Your Name and A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantásticta).  Additional documentaries with ties to New York-based companies include Abacus: Small Enough to Jail produced by Motto Pictures and Strong Island produced by Louverture Films.

A complete list of the 90th Annual Oscars Nominees that participated in the New York Film Tax Credit program follows:

Actress In A Leading Role
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya*
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird*
Meryl Streep - The Post

Actress In A Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound*
Allison Janney - I, Tonya*
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird*

Actor In A Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe - The Florida Project*

Mudbound* - Rachel Morrison

Costume Design
Beauty And The Beast* - Jacqueline Durran

Lady Bird* - Greta Gerwig

Film Editing
I, Tonya* - Tatiana S. Riegel

Music (Original Song)
Mighty River – Mudbound*; Music And Lyric By Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq And Taura Stinson
Stand Up For Something - Marshall; Music By Diane Warren; Lyric By Lonnie R. Lynn And Diane Warren
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman; Music And Lyric By Benj Pasek And Justin Paul

Best Picture
Lady Bird* - Scott Rudin, Eli Bush And Evelyn O'neill, Producers
The Post - Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg And Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

Production Design
Beauty And The Beast* -Sarah Greenwood for Production Design and Katie Spencer for Set Decoration

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Mudbound* - Virgil Williams And Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Big Sick - Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Lady Bird* - Greta Gerwig

*Participated in the New York State Post-Production Credit program

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    

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits, and other forms of financial assistance, Empire State Development strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. Empire State Development is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit and


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