producer and chairman of Mandalay Entertainment who produced the best picture-winning Rain Man, among others.
That idiosyncratic movies by talented filmmakers from Ang Lee to Quentin Tarantino can be so lucrative, albeit not on the scale of the $1.1 billion-making Skyfall, suggests that risk-taking can pay off.
At a time when teenager-targeted extravaganzas increasingly crowd out quality films for adults, this year’s best picture films made the argument for being a little daring.
“Every movie is unknown,” said Lee. “If it’s known, then no studio would lose money.”