Leslie Holleran was an Academy Award nominee for producing Chocolat. In addition to the Best Picture nomination, Chocolat received 4 other Oscar nominations, including for lead actress Juliette Binoche; 4 Golden Globe Award nominations; 8 BAFTA Award nominations; and 3 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, winning for Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), among other honors worldwide.
Her longtime collaboration with Chocolat director Lasse Hallström began years prior, having co-produced The Cider House Rules. That movie was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning for Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Irving). Among the picture’s other accolades were 2 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, with a win for Best Supporting Actor.
Ms. Holleran subsequently made the award-winning Chocolat; The Shipping News, the cast of which included Cate Blanchett of Hanna, and which received 2 BAFTA Award and 2 Golden Globe Award nominations; An Unfinished Life, starring Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Lopez; Casanova, starring Heath Ledger; The Hoax, starring Richard Gere and Alfred Molina; and the pilot episode of the television show New Amsterdam, which was picked up to series and aired in 2008.
She is currently developing Diwali, a Bollywood drama and political thriller to be directed by Irena Salina, the director of the award-winning Flow: For Love of Water