The annual Oscars ceremony, this year hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, took place last night in Hollywood. The big winner of the night was Gravity, the movie directed and produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman. It walked away with seven awards.
While Gravity missed out on Best Picture, which went to 12 Years a Slave, the movie picked up Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
Alfonso Cuarón also walked away with the Best Director award for Gravity. Earlier in the week, he spoke about how his son had persuaded him to take on a new challenge. He said,
“Not my idea. This excitement is my son’s fault. He told me, ‘You’re too rhetoric. Old-style. You repeat the same stories over and over’. So I said, ‘So?’ So he said, ‘You need something new’. So I said, ‘Like what?’ So he said, ‘Like something cool. Like about the future. Like exploring technology’. So I said, ‘Please. I’m low-tech. I know nothing about that. I barely can do my cell phone’. So he said, ‘We should do a project about technology, tomorrow’s tool’.”
Cuarón also spoke about how he did not expect the movie to be a hit.
“Anyway, we never imagined we’d do anything that blew people away. Not our idea to revolutionise the industry or science or outer space or anything. I figured, ‘OK, it’s an interesting idea; I’ll wrap it up in a year’.”
Emma Watson attended the Oscars for the first time, which we reported recently, presenting the award for special effects.
The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes) lost out on the Best Costume Design Award, while John Williams and Thomas Newman (who scored Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney)) both missed out on Best Original Score.
Congratulations to Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, and everyone involved with Gravity!
See the full list of Academy Award winners here.
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