Driving Miss Daisy.
Chariots of Fire.
Dances With Wolves.
The Killing Fields.
March of the Penguins.
Answer: They were all produced by Jake Eberts. He was a failed engineer/salesman/banker who found success as a producer. I'd never heard of him until today. His forte was deciding which passed-over projects to finance. He died September 6; his obituary is in various newspapers.
There are four best-picture Oscars in that list. The obit I read reported that Eberts disliked Hollywood, and thought forecasting audiences' response was a waste of time. His technique was to choose stories that were important to him, because he thought they would be important to other people too.
I think his company, Goldcrest, also produced Restrepo, but I don't know whether Eberts was involved.
Interesting, thanks for sharing Bob. Read up on him a little this morning. An English guy who who has done small independent stuff, to bigger Hollywood, animation, documentaries...pretty wide scope. He wrote a book on Goldcrest too, My Indecision Is Final: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Goldcrest Films.
[Bob Cole]"His technique was to choose stories that were important to him, because he thought they would be important to other people too."