Sunday, February 09, 2014

Best Picture Primer: Gravity

Gravity is a crowning achievement in filmmaking, and the film and its director Alfonso Cuarón can expect to be rewarded for it.  George Clooney and, especially, Sandra Bullock anchor the movie, co-starring with empty space.  Cuarón deftly switches the viewer's perspective from the crushing infinite of the universe to the bleak loneliness of being the only person in that universe.

It can be hard to be able to hold down a film (mostly) alone, and Bullock and Clooney are excellent choices.  Both, of course, have proven themselves more than adequate leading actors, but the sheer number of emotions on display elevates their roles to another level.

The film comes in at a lean 91 minutes, but Cuarón's direction and Emmanuel Lubezki's eye behind the camera wring every last drop and every last breath out of that hour-and-a-half.  Expect to see this come up short on the Best Picture front, but to truck home plenty of hardware for the technical aspects of the film.

Other Nominations

Best Actress - Sandra Bullock
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Director - Alfonso Cuarón
Film Editing - Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
Original Score - Steven Price
Production Design - Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard
Sound Editing - Glenn Freemantle
Sound Mixing - Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro
Visual Effects - Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould

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