Searchlight Pictures (formerly Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc.) is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. As a sister studio company of the larger fox film studio 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight specializes in North American production of independent, European, and British films alongside comedy-drama, horror, art-house, and foreign films, all of which the studio sometimes finances.
Fox Searchlight's Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and The Shape of Water have all won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 81st, 86th, 87th, and 90th Academy Awards respectively, as well as a further 15 Academy Awards combined. Other Best Picture nominations include The Full Monty, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Tree of Life, The Descendants, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Favourite. Slumdog Millionaire is also the studio's largest commercial success, with over $377 million (US) of box office receipts, against a production budget of only $15 million.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is one of the Fox film studios that was acquired by Disney on March 20, 2019. Searchlight Pictures' name was changed from Fox Searchlight Pictures on January 17, 2020.