Eye on the Oscars: Best Picture

ORIGINS: “It came from an article in Wired Magazine by Joshuah Bearman (“The Great Escape”) about Tony Mendez,” Heslov says. “Then we decided we also needed to (use) a chapter out of Tony’s book (“The Master of Disguise”) which was very relevant to the story.”

FUNDING: “George (Clooney) and I had our deal at Warner Bros., so they bought the material for us. Then we hired (screenwriter) Chris Terrio.”

HIGH HURDLES: “The hardest thing was getting the 2,000-plus extras for the huge crowd demonstration scenes.”

DOMINO EFFECT: “After Chris wrote (the script), it sat for a while. Then when George and I were filming ‘The Ides of March,’ we got a call from Ben saying, ‘I read the script and it’s the best thing I’ve read in a long time, and I really want to direct it and be in it.'”

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