Oscar winners Mahershala Ali, for best supporting actor in Moonlight, Emma Stone, for best actress in La La Land, Viola Davis, for best supporting actress in Fences and Casey Affleck, for best supporting actor in Manchester by the Sea. Only one of the four films was backed by a major studio. Photo: EPA

How independent studios ruled the Oscars, with Lionsgate taking six awards and A24 the best picture prize

Independents and non-conventional film backers including Amazon, Netflix and ESPN, scored big at the Academy Awards

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Oscar winners Mahershala Ali, for best supporting actor in Moonlight, Emma Stone, for best actress in La La Land, Viola Davis, for best supporting actress in Fences and Casey Affleck, for best supporting actor in Manchester by the Sea. Only one of the four films was backed by a major studio. Photo: EPA
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