Coronado woman nominated for Best Picture Oscar

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CORONADO, Calif. -- A lot of eyes will be watching the Oscars Sunday, but the awards show will be especially significant for one Coronado woman.

“It’s sort of a glitter-covered ride for a little while, so it’s fun,” said movie producer Lisa Bruce.

Bruce’s film “The Theory of Everything” is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

“I certainly hope to get out there to send big love to my mom and dad,” Bruce said.

Bruce’s father George, a retired member of the Navy, moved the family to Coronado when Bruce was 6 years old. It became the place where she developed her love of movies.

“I’d borrow my father’s camera to shoot movies, dress up friends and do all sorts of goofy things like that,” she said.

In seventh grade, she got her first industry job mopping floors at the Coronado Village Theatre.

“My brother Bob was the smart capitalist,” Bruce said. “He got the job for $4 an hour and hired me for $1 to do the mopping of the floor … he was supervising. I was like yeah, I’m in a movie theatre, I’m getting closer…it would be a long road after that though.”

The road to stardom continued to NYU where she earned a master’s degree in film.

In the 90’s, Bruce moved to Los Angeles to begin working in the movie industry and has since produced several feature films including “No Strings Attached” and “A Lot Like Love.”

It wasn’t until 2009 when Bruce came across the script that would ultimately change her life – the life story of Stephen Hawking.

“We cast Eddie and Felicity almost immediately,” she said. “Stephen Hawking was very involved and his wife Jane with their kids … it was a wonderful journey. When we showed him the film, the lights came up and his nurse was dabbing his eyes and that was very moving for us.”

“The Theory of Everything” has since won two Golden Globe awards and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for best English film.

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