ALBANY - Pay taxes in New York?
Congratulations — you helped fund nine films that could win an Academy Award on Sunday, including Lady Bird and The Post.
New York spends $420 million each year on a series of lucrative tax credits for production and post-production work on films and television shows that occurs in the state.
The idea behind the program is to lure productions to film in New York as a way to boost the industry here. But the program has plenty of critics who say the spending is wasteful, particularly when some other states have scaled back similar programs.
This year, nine Oscar nominees are lined up to receive New York tax credits, according to Empire State Development, the entity that administers the program.
Four of those filmed in New York, while the other five had post-production work done there.
Among them are two Best Picture nominees:
• Lady Bird
• The Post
The Post was one of the four to film at least partially in New York, with a 14-day shoot in Westchester County and 14 days in New York City.
Along with The Post's Meryl Streep and Lady Bird's Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie is nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her work in I, Tonya, another film set to get New York tax credits.
Allison Janney, also of I, Tonya, is nominated for a supporting role, as is Lady Bird's Laurie Metcalf.
I, Tonya did post-production work in New York City.
The other six Oscar-nominated films lined up for New York tax credits are:
• Mudbound (Actress in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Original Song, Adapted Screenplay)
• The Florida Project (Actor in a Supporting Role)
• Beauty and the Beast (Costume Design, Production Design)
• Marshall (Original Song)
• The Greatest Showman (Original Song)
• The Big Sick (Original Screenplay)
Of those, Marshall, The Big Sick and The Greatest Showman all filmed in New York, with Marshall shot largely in the Buffalo area, The Big Sick filmed largely in New York City with one day in Westchester, and The Greatest Showman filmed largely downstate, including two days in Westchester, according to Empire State Development.
The tax breaks don't come cheap for taxpayers.
The state's Film Production Tax Credit offers up reimbursement of up to 40 percent on most production costs depending on what part of the state it's shot.
A similar credit is available for post-production work, which is what I, Tonya, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, Mudbound and Beauty and the Beast participated in, according to Empire State Development.
Last year, four Oscar-nominated films were in New York's tax-credit program, including Manchester By The Sea.