Gravity by Alfonso Cuarón

SciFi/Fantasy Well Represented with 12 Oscars

The big winner at last night’s Oscar ceremonies was the thrilling and brilliant Gravity which was written, produced and directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  At the end of the evening it had hauled in seven well deserved statues, predominantly for technical achievements.  In the list below the fold you can see all the categories in which Gravity took home an Oscar.



Disney’s animated fantasy/comedy Frozen, a monster hit which has literally raked in freight cars full of cash ($1 billion worldwide), picked up Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.



Spike Jonze’s low budget and equally low profile Her, a science fiction romantic drama about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a romantic relationship with a computer OS, won for Original Screenplay.



Mr. Hublot, a story about a man (robot?) with OCD tendencies who adopts a robotic dog with unforeseen results, won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.  You can watch the entire short below:



Helium, a short fantasy film about a hospital janitor who gives a boy with a terminal illness hope through imagination, won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.



So at the end of the evening science fiction and fantasy movies hauled in twelve Academy Awards.  This bodes well for the genres.  Below is the full list of Academy Award winners.


Lastly, if you missed the Academy Awards or just didn’t want to dedicate 3+ hours to the broadcast itself, here’s your tl;dw version.  The 86th Academy Awards in less than two minutes.





Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Performance By An Actor In a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Performance By An Actor In a Supporting Role
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Performance By An Actress In a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Performance By An Actress In a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Feature
Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

Achievement in Cinematography
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in Costume Design
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin

Achievement in Directing
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom – Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Best Documentary Short Subject
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Achievement in Film Editing
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark SangerBest

Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty – Italy

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Gravity – Steven Price

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
Let It Go from Frozen – Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Achievement in Production Design
The Great Gatsby – Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Best Animated Short Film
Mr Hublot – Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Best Live-Action Short Film
Helium – Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

Achievement in Sound Editing
Gravity – Glenn Freemantle

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Gravity – Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Achievement in Visual Effects
Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave by John Ridley

Original Screenplay
Her by Spike Jonze


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1 Comment

  1. I recently watched Gravity. While technically breathtaking I thought it was pretty boring and predictable. And some of the circumstances where just too much to believe. Like life supporting stations continually very nearby to her. I still enjoyed it though.

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