More active than usual on social media the past few months, Iger took to Twitter on Thursday to offer praise to some of the Disney big screen contenders up for wins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s January 6 ceremony. In the process of becoming an almost the Alexander the Great of 21st century Hollywood, the exec today also reached out to the nominees of Fox, a studio Disney will soon fully incorporate into the fold.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 6, 2018
The shout out is not just corporate sweet talk.
Black Panther snagged three nominations today including Best Motion Picture – Drama, while the soon to be released Mary Poppins Returns earned four noms including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Emily Blunt. Both Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet were on the list for Best Motion Picture – Animated.
Twentieth Century Fox saw Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody receive both a Best Motion Picture nomination and a Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama nod for and Mr. Robot alum Rami Malek’s performance as the late and great Freddie Mercury.
Led by The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and the final season of The Americans, FX Networks was tops in the TV network categories with 10 nominations. That’s the same number of mons that Fox Searchlight Pictures had on the movie side today from the HFPA.
Looking like a sure thing now, Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of the assets for 21st Century Fox will see FX under the Disney umbrella as well as the film studio. With Iger in charge, it will be a melding of two distinctly very distinct brands and two very different corporate cultures.
On the film side, as Disney leases the Fox lot for seven years after the big bucks purchase is completed, 20th Century Fox Vice Chairman Emma Watts will still top leading the studio once it is absorbed by the new bosses. However, now Watts will report directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn as opposed to Rupert Murdoch, whose family becomes the largest single shareholders of Disney stock once the deal is completely sealed next year. On the TV side, President of 21st Century Fox and Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group Peter Rice will be Chairman, Walt Disney Television and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks starting next month.
Among other things, that means Iger might be sending a much longer Globe congrats tweet next year.