In their dry, low-key British way, Bevan, 57, and Fellner, 55, have managed to make some of the most original and arresting films of the past 30 years — from 1985's My Beautiful Laundrette to 2012's Les Miserables to last year's The Theory of Everything. They've done it by investing in often-unlikely material like Theory, about British physicist Stephen Hawking and his battle with ALS, which won Eddie Redmayne a best actor Oscar. Those films helped boost the careers of directors Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper and James Marsh, and the company remains unusually auteur-friendly. "Working so far from Hollywood allows us to protect our directors," says the London-based Fellner, who, with Bevan, has had a first-look deal with Universal since 1999. Among the producers' upcoming movies are a few that might add to their nearly $6 billion in box office and 71 Oscar nominations, including the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!; Sofia Coppola's live-action The Little Mermaid; and, hopefully, the latest in the Bridget Jones saga, Bridget Jones's Baby. Says Fellner, "The good producers are the ones who bite into a bone and won't let go."