Rudin’s biggest hit, the Mel Gibson thriller Ransom ($309 million worldwide), was released back in 1996, but grosses tell only part of the story. His keen eye for provocative material has resulted in one best picture Oscar, for the Coen brothers’ 2007 No Country for Old Men, and six other noms, most recently for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. "He is absolutely ruthless, but in a good way," says Dana Brunetti, who produced The Social Network and Captain Phillips with Rudin, 56. Having weathered the embarrassing leak of his characteristically blunt email exchanges with former Sony co-chair Amy Pascal, he’s got a typically hyperactive release slate ahead that includes Cameron Crowe’s Aloha on May 29 and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic in October.