The Women Behind the Scenes of Oscar Nominated Movies

While we love the actors who star in this year’s greatest films, a big part of MAKERS’ philosophy is celebrating women behind-the-scenes. Without them, movies wouldn’t get financed, actors would go naked, and soundtracks might not make us cry. With them, these cinematic experiences are complete. In the gallery above, meet some of the women who you’ll see on Sunday, and learn how they play key roles in the Oscar-nominated movies of the year. 

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Oprah Winfrey, "Selma" Oprah helped produce "Selma," the Best Picture-nominated drama about the historic civic rights marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lisa Bruce, "The Theory of Everything" Lisa Bruce produced Stephen Hawking's love story with his first wife, Jane Hawking, a Best Picture Oscar-nominee. She told Deadline about how she first got involved: "As a female producer, you read so many scripts where the female characters are just not as interesting, or their storylines aren’t as compelling as the males’, and they certainly aren’t as complicated in terms of the writing. I thought [my co-producer] Anthony had gone quite far with that. Together, Anthony and I teased up the love story, which allowed Jane’s role to be even more played up." Photo: Lisa Bruce attends the after party for the EE British Academy Film Awards

Cathleen Sutherland, "Boyhood" "Boyhood" is Sutherland's first feature film, and she worked on it for over a decade. Now it's up for a Best Picture nomination. Photo: With the cast of "Boyhood" at the EE British Academy Film Awards

Helen Estabrook, "Whiplash" Also the producer behind "Up in the Air" and "Young Adult" with Charlize Theron, Estabrook is a master of powerful, unique films. She didn't expect the best picture nomination for Whiplash, and she told Uproxx: "It was such an incredible thrill and honor. A year ago today I was packing for Sundance, hoping that someone would buy this movie so that maybe people would see it." Photo: With director Damien Chazelle and actors JK Simmons and Miles Teller at a Whiplash premiere.

Bonnie Arnold, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Her film creds include "Toy Story" and "Tarzan," and in January, Arnold was named co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is nominated for Best Animated Picture.  Photo: With director/writer Dean DeBlois at the Golden Globes

Anna B. Sheppard, "Maleficent" Anna B. Sheppard has been nominated for Oscars twice before, for "The Pianist" and "Schindler's List." She directed the design of "Maleficent's" forest pixies as well as Jolie's intricate gowns.  Photo: At a 'Maleficent' Costume And Props Private Reception at Kensington Palace in London

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, "Guardians of the Galaxy" As lead makup artist for "Guardians of the Galaxy," Yianni-Georgiou developed a new formula for makeup that better suits alien skin tones. She also helped Chris Pratt define his rock-hard abs and constructed Glenn Close's interwoven hairstyle.