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6 Oscar Connections With Movies Now Playing in Theaters

6 Oscar Connections With Movies Now Playing in Theaters

1. “Fifty Shades of Gray” has as one of its editors the legendary Anne V. Coates, 89 years old and Oscar editing winner for “Lawrence of Arabia,” and counts among its producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (“The Social Network” and “Captain Phillips”). 

2. “Kingsman: The Secret Service”
 stars Colin Firth, in his first big general audience hit since his  2011 Best Actor victory for “The King’s Speech.”

3. McFarland, U.S.A.” stars Oscar-winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), with Indie Spirit winner Niki Caro (“The Whale Rider”) directing. 

4. The DUFF” is the first feature from director Ari Sandel, whose “West Bank Story” won live-action short eight years ago. 

5. Jupiter Ascending” has among its producers Grant Hill (nominee for Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and “The Thin Red Line”), was shot by two-time cinematography Oscar winner John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”) and costars possible 2015 Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne.

6. “Paddington” includes two acting winners among its storied voice cast, Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), while Julie Walters (“Billy Elliott,” “Educating Rita”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) and Imelda Staunton are nominees (“Vera Drake”). Lindy Hemming won costumes for “Topsy-Turvy,” and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman’s major credits include Oscar-winning “Gravity.”

As you’d suspect, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” has absolutely no Oscar connections that we can find–but director/writer Steven Pink was a BAFTA screenplay nominee for “High Fidelity.” 

Most of these films were not conceived as awards contenders, but provide the bread and butter work that allow top talent to take the occasional pay cut to work on more prestigious films.

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