As I write this we’re a little over a half hour away from the beginning of the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Okay, technically they’re already in the bit where people jabber about the things people on the red carpet are wearing, but that’s not exactly in GFR’s purview. What is of some interest to is how the science fiction nominees will fare this year, particularly Gravity and Her, both of which are up for the big one, the Best Picture award. I’ll be very surprised if either of them walks away with that trophy, but you never know. Sandra Bullock is also up for Best Actress in a Leading Role, up against tough competition including Amy Adams in American Hustle, Judi Dench in Philomena, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, and Meryl Streep in August: Osage County. Will her zero-g antics earn her a little golden dude?
Unsurprisingly, Gravity is up for a slew of other awards as well, especially the technical ones: Best Cinematography, Best Directing for Alfonso Cuaron, Best Film Editing for Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Best Original Score for Steven Price, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
Her is also up for Best Original Score for William Butler and Owen Pallett, Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze, and Best Original Song for “The Moon Song” by Karen O and Spike Jonze.
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