Broderick Johnson ’90 and Andrew Kosove ’92, two of the three producers of the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side, never made it to the Academy Awards podium Sunday night. But the star of their movie, Sandra Bullock, won the award for Best Actress, providing another boost for a production that already has been a surprise hit at the box office. The film, based on the story of NFL lineman Michael Oher, was adapted from a book by Michael Lewis ’82.
Johnson, in an interview with CNBC’s Darren Rovell last week, said that from the start, he believed the movie would be an “excellent family broad-release film that could appeal to both men and women.” His instinct was correct: Adjusted for inflation, The Blind Side’s $249 million gross ranks fourth all-time among sports movies, behind three films from the Rocky series.
Johnson and Kosove, two economics majors who met while doing a community-service project at Princeton, founded Alcon Entertainment in 1997 and have been producing wide-release films for more than a decade. They scored their first hit with the family film My Dog Skip in 2000, and since then, their productions have ranged from the screwball comedy Dude, Where’s My Car? to the teen favorite The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Below, watch a video of Johnson and Kosove on CNBC.
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