OSCARS: Who Were The Unsung Heroes Of 2014′s Academy Award Pics?

Diane Haithman and Cari Lynn are contributing to Deadline’s Oscar coverage.

oscarsOn every film there’s someone who doesn’t get as much credit as they deserve. People in the background who fight for the movie, whose insight or work is crucial to the film, whose efforts start the ball rolling. For instance, for Gravity, it was Alfonso Cuaron‘s son (and writing partner, Jonas), who inspired him by saying, “Your films are all right, but you’ve got to get more entertaining,” Cuaron remembered backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after the Golden Globes last Sunday. “It could be more fun. And that was the point of departure to do this film.” Also, if it weren’t for former Warner Bros. president of the Motion Picture Group Jeff Robinov, the film would not have gotten made. It got shoved aside by Universal after Angelina Jolie dropped out and Warner Bros. couldn’t get its co-financiers to step up to the plate. Enter Robinov who was the behind the scenes champion on the film which now has a worldwide gross of $675M. For 12 Years a Slave, it was Steve McQueen‘s wife Bianca Stigter who found the book and alerted her husband who had been wanting to make a film about slavery. Today, we asked some of the nominees who, if anyone, also deserved special recognition. These are some of the responses.

American Hustle: Amy AdamsAmy Adams, Best Actress nominee, American Hustle:
“The unsung hero? That’s our Steadicam operator Geoff [Haley] – I’m not even kidding. Because David [O. Russell] works in 360 and you can plan what the shot is but the shot is pretty much what David O. Russell is yelling at the moment. Geoff is running around all day with a Steadicam on and I would look at him and go I don’t know how you’re doing this if I’m barely standing at the end of the day. He was amazing. He’s our dance partner. Any place we moves he’s moving – and sometimes it’s without planning… It’s an amazing thing to watch.”

Jean-Marc Vallee & Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey, Best Actor nominee, Dallas Buyers Club:
The under the radar person that’s not really been brought up out in the light as much as I would have liked is Jean-Marc [Valée], the director. He came out, he’s only been on couple of panels. Mind you was off making another film, which is priority one. But this guy brought the right sensitivity to the anarchy of Ron Woodruff’s story. He saw what it was from the beginning. His ideas for how to approach different scenes were wild but always very human. We know when you read this script, this could be one movies that’s an independent, that’s very important – but is it going to be entertaining? We got away with importance and entertainment. That’s a big coup for a movie like this. Read More »

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Black Label Media To Fund ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Helmer’s ‘Demolition’

By | Wednesday October 9, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Black Label Media partners Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill have stepped up to finance Demolition, which becomes the next film directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée. The Black Label Media trio … Read More »

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Helmer Jean-Marc Vallée Goes ‘Wild’ With Reese Witherspoon

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-starrer Dallas Buyers Club, has been set by Fox Searchlight to helm Wild. Reese Witherspoon already is set to star in the Nick Hornby-scripted adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling … Read More »

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Jean-Marc Vallee Set To Helm ‘Demolition’ For Mr. Mudd

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 1:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Marc Vallée, who just helmed Dallas Buyers Club, is teaming with production company Mr. Mudd to develop Demolition from a Black List screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith will produce for Mr. Mudd and Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. Mr. Mudd just produced Reitman’s Labor Day and Juno. Shooting begins this fall. The story centers on a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. It looks like another solid indie for Mr. Mudd, which recently produced The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Read More »

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Hot Trailer #2: ‘Café De Flore’

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 11:07pm PDT

Here’s the other perspective in Café De Flore, which explores the parallel fates of a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris and a divorced, successful DJ in contemporary Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film that stars Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Café De Flore’

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 8:28pm PDT

Café De Flore explores the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antonio, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present-day Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the  film, which stars Vanessa Paradis (Girl On The Bridge). Adopt Films releases Café Read More »

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Adopt Films Acquires Jean-Marc Vallée’s ‘Café De Flore’

By | Monday February 20, 2012 @ 9:10am PST

Adopt Films has announced its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Café de Flore,” which World Premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and enjoyed its North American Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

Co-starring Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent and Evelyne Brochu, “Café de Flore” has been nominated for a spectacular 13 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars ©. Its nominations include Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Vallée), Best Screenplay (Vallée), Best Actress (Paradis), Best Supporting Actress (Florent), and Best Supporting Actor (Marin Gerrier). The Genie Awards will be presented on March 8th. “Café de Flore” was produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin. Vallée’s previous films include “Liste Noire,” “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” and “The Young Victoria,” produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese.

The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Managing partner of international sales company Films Distribution and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.

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Toronto Fest Sets Canadian Premieres

Mike Fleming

While most of the industry views the Toronto International Film Festival as a place to showcase films for acquisition or Oscar runs, festival organizers always stock the program with homegrown films. The festival just announced that part of the program, … Read More »

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Cannes: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Takes Shape With Matthew McConaughey, Hilary Swank

By | Wednesday May 11, 2011 @ 1:37pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Content Film has acquired The Dallas Buyers Club for international sales. That puts the picture on track to finally happen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank starring, and Jean-Marc Vallee … Read More »

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