Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is one of 2013’s most successful movies. Not only at the box office with a $652.2 million worldwide box office haul, but also as one of the highly regarded films of the year, having earned critical acclaim and awards from various groups. While Academy Award nominations will not be announced for another month, Warner Bros. is making sure that Gravity will be remembered come Oscars time — including Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for Sandra Bullock, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. — with a new featurette.
Gravity is a visual spectacle! It will be remembered for its amazing CGI and 3D, but can a movie like Gravity be rewarded for its screenplay? Although Gravity‘s story and characters are very simple, it seems likely that it will be nominated for Best Original Screenplay. However, it’s doubtful that it will win considering the competition from other standout movies such as Nebraska and Inside Llewyn Davis in the mix. Alfonso Cuarón and his son Jonás Cuarón may have written a fine script, but it would be really shocking if it ends up winning the Academy Award.
Emmanuel Lubezki is a lock for the Best Cinematography Academy Award for his work on Gravity. The best aspects of the film are its jaw-dropping visuals, which can be attributed to Lubezki’s eye. Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki really did create a film that looks like it was shot in outer space.
One of the biggest flaws in Gravity, however, is its score from Steven Price. While the score itself is moderate in quality, I can’t help but feel the movie would be more effective if there were no score whatsoever. Imagine how more terrifying the suspense in the film would be if there were no score “juicing up” those moments? It bothered me when I watched Gravity for the first time, and it feels like it will continue to bother me in future viewings of the space epic.
Sandra Bullock has a shot at a nomination for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Oscar. Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone is at the center of the film, with most of Gravity‘s running time hanging on her performance. While she is the emotional heart of Gravity, it’s also a very physical performance. Part of the reason why Gravity feels convincing is thanks to Bullock’s physicality throughout. Although Sandra Bullock might be nominated, the front-runner for the Oscar is Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. It’s going to be interesting to see how things shake out when the nominations are announced in January.
Meanwhile, /Film’s editor-at-large Dave Chen has been on a streak with his video reviews and essays. While Chen’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video is of note, his latest features Five Scientific Inaccuracies in Gravity. Watch the video below: