GRAVITY Dominates Academy Awards; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Takes Best Picture


Alfonso Cuaron’s harrowing tale of struggling to survive a space shuttle accident in close Earth orbit Gravity was the big winner at this evening’s Academy Award winning seven of the ten films it was nominated for including Best Director and Film Editing trophies for Cuaron as well as awards for Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Mixing, Cinematography and Score. The only categories the film did not win were Best Actress in which star Sandra Bullock lost out to Cate Blanchett’s work in Blue Jasmine and Best Production design to The Great Gatsby.

Amazingly, though, despite Gravity‘s dominance, the coveted Best Picture award went to 12 Years A Slave, which also snagged the Best Supporting Actress award for Lupita Nyong’o as well as the award for Adapted Screenplay.

Due to Gravity‘s dominance, the remaining awards were scattered among a smattering of films. Dallas Buyers Club earned three statuettes including the ones for Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey, Supporting Actor for Jared Leto and Makeup.

Here is the complete list of winners –

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley

Best Original Screenplay
Her, written by Spike Jonze

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)

Best Cinematography
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

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

Best Film Editing
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best Original Score
Gravity, Steven Price

Best Original Song
“Let It Go,” Frozen

Best Production Design
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)

Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

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

Best Sound Editing
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle

Best Sound Mixing
Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

Best Visual Effects
Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

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