American – British space film Gravity landed 7 Oscar® awards, including Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
The prize for Best Picture, however, was awarded to the historical drama ’12 Years a Slave’ directed by Steve McQueen and produced by Brad Pitt.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not usually keen on awarding the Oscar for Best Director to those who are from non-English speaking countries. Actually Alfonso Cuaron is the first Latin-American who earns the much sought statuette. He has also worked (although he had not been nominated for the award) in films like ‘Great Expectations’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Children of Men’.
Emmanuel Lubezki, a Mexican like Cuaron, received the Oscar for Best Cinematography. He had been nominated in the past for his work with Tim Burton in ‘Sleepy Hollow’ and recently in the experimental film ‘The Tree of Life’.
The film also landed the award for best original score (received by Steven Price) against all odds, given that John Williams was among the nominees. The film’s score, by the way sounds a lot like the one used in ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
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Sandra Bullock who had the leading role in the film, went home empty-handed.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Gravity’ is a box-office success with nearly $705,000,000.00 dollars grossed.
March 3rd, 2014.