Let’s do a count of the Academy Award nominees by looking at the Hollywood talent agency ads in Variety today and breaking them down into the following major categories: Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Feature Documentary, and Foreign Film. (FYI, if someone received multiple nominations, those counted as multiple nominations for the agency. For example, the Coens got six nominations between them, so that counted as six nominations for UTA.) So what’s the score? Endeavor had 12, United Talent Agency 11, Creative Artists Agency 10, The Gersh Agency 6, William Morris Agency 5, and International Creative Management 4. This means CAA slid to third place this year, after coming in second to Endeavor the previous two years. And UTA picked up steam. ”CAA has 350 agents. Endeavor and UTA are 1/4 of their size. Bryan Lourd must be in a shvitz,” an insider wisecracked.
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