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Oscars 2014: Alfonso Cuaron wins Best Director

Gravity‘s sweep of the 86th Annual Academy Awards continues: The Academy awarded Alfonso Cuarón a Best Director statuette, making him the first Mexican person ever to win this category. His win comes as the culmination of a long, arduous filmmaking process; Gravity was in development for several years. “For many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience,” Cuarón said in his acceptance speech. “And that was good, because it if it was not it would have been a waste of time.”

Cuarón also thanked the “wise guys at Warner Bros” before amending himself — “the wise people at Warner Bros” — and concluded his speech with a few words in Spanish.

Oscars 2014: How Steven Price created a 3-D score for 'Gravity'

Steven Price was only supposed to work on Gravity for three weeks.

The team brought him in for a quick fix. There was a screening approaching quickly and the film still didn’t have a score, so they asked Price — best known for his work as a music editor at that point — to come in. “I thought I was going to go in just to kind of help them throw things together,” he told EW. “And then I met Alfonso.” READ FULL STORY

Directors Guild Awards: Alfonso Cuaron wins for 'Gravity'

UPDATED: Gravity does not seem to be falling on the awards circuit. Alfonso Cuarón walked away with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, beating out Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen.

“This is truly an honor and I am humbled by it,” Cuarón said to the audience of his peers after last year’s winner Ben Affleck presented him with the award. But Gravity was not the work of just one mind, and no one knows that more keenly than Cuarón. “Directing is about the work of your collaborators,” he said. Earlier in the evening, when Gravity was spotlighted amongst the five Feature Film nominees, Cuarón thanked his team including his first assistant director Josh Robertson, co-writer (and son) Jonas Cuarón, his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and his visual effects team. Then he said: “I barely understand how we made the film.” The audience laughed uproariously.

The DGA Awards are generally a pretty decent indicator for who will walk away with the Best Director Oscar. Comprised of over 15,000 voting members, the Directors Guild does have a tendency to skew more mainstream when compared with the choices of the 377 voting members of the Directors branch in the Academy. But in the past ten years, the DGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar 90% of the time. In fact, in 65 years, only 7 DGA winners failed to win the Academy Award. Last year, however, was a major outlier when Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo after he’d failed to pick up an Oscar nomination.

The DGA did deviate from the Oscars in other fairly significant ways last year. The nominees only matched 2 out of the 5 Oscar nominees. This year, it was 4 out of 5. Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was the odd man out — the Academy included Alexander Payne for his work on Nebraska instead.

For Cuarón, the win only seems to add to his awards momentum. In addition to a host of Film Critics awards, Cuarón also won a Golden Globe earlier this month.

The DGA doesn’t just honor features, though. Oscar nominee Jehane Noujaim picked up an award for her documentary The Square, Steven Soderbergh won for Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan was recognized for directing the Breaking Bad finale “Felina.” Check out the full list of winners from the 66th Annual DGA Awards after the jump.

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Oscars 2014: Nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, and more react

The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, with American Hustle and Gravity leading the way with 10 nods each, followed by 12 Years a Slave with nine.

Check out statements from Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, U2, and more below. READ FULL STORY

Go behind-the-scenes with Clooney, Bullock, and Cuaron in 'Gravity' featurette -- VIDEO

As awards season heats up, the biggest films of the year are revving their Oscar engines. Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has already claimed several early honors and in the behind-the-scenes featurette below, director Alfonso Cuaron shows us why.

The inside look from Warner Bros. at how they filmed the genre-bending outer space film features Bullock practicing space choreography in her now-infamous tank top on a soundstage, Clooney discussing the screenplay, and the producers talking about the visual effects and technology the film uses so seamlessly.

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Golden Globes: Alfonso Cuaron on his bumpy 'Gravity' journey and the inaccuracy you never noticed

The joy Alfonso Cuarón feels at Gravity‘s Golden Globes showing — four nominations, including one for Cuarón as director and Best Drama — can probably be felt from space. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” he says. Making the movie meant spending “four and a half years in a cave — and the predictions were a little grim early on in the process.”

Now, though, he’s reached the blazing light at the end of the tunnel — which is all the more impressive considering the caliber of movies released in 2013. “I think this is an amazing year in cinema,” Cuarón continued. “And there’s a comeback of that kind of cinema that we were all afraid was getting lost in terms of the mainstream American or Hollywood context — that is, these mid- to low-budget films, a lot of them dramas… Or even a film like Gravity, that is not a sequel or a franchise.”

Read on for more on Cuarón’s Globes thoughts — and the one Gravity inaccuracy he says nobody’s caught onto yet.
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L.A., New York, and Boston Critics awards roundup: '12 Years a Slave', 'Gravity' dominate

Sunday was a busy day for film critics on both coasts. Boston, New York, and Los Angeles Film Critics announced their annual awards, adding fuel to the Oscar-prediction fire with a strong showing for 12 Years a Slave in the Best Picture arena.

Other repeat honorees include Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett for Best Actress, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor, and 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress. Cinematography awards mostly went to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on Gravity, and Inside Llewyn Davis picked up a few nods for T Bone Burnett’s score. Some categories were more evenly divided: Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen both got two Best Director acknowledgements for their work on Gravity and 12 Years a Slave.

Take a look at the complete roundup below.

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Sandra Bullock's 'Gravity' distress call: Short film shows the other side -- VIDEO

A lot of credit must be given to Sandra Bullock and her performance in award hopeful Gravity as the Oscar winner spends the majority of the film on screen alone. In one of the most memorable moments toward the end of the film, Bullock’s character Dr. Ryan Stone believes she has made contact with Earth while floating in a Russian Soyuz capsule. However, the static radio reception is met on the other end by a man Stone realizes doesn’t speak English. Through her conversation, however, Stone has kind of a cathartic moment listening to a young child cry and howling like a dog. In the film, it appears Stone may be hallucinating a little as she is accepting her fate and letting go of fear.

Now, in a new short film, we can see what was on the other side of that distress call. Jonas Cuarón, the son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, who also co-wrote the film with his father, has written and directed the companion piece called Aningaaq. Orto Ignatiussen plays the title character of Aningaaq, an Inuit fisherman in Greenland traveling with his dogs to a fjord. While Stone is desperate for a response and help, Aningaaq is distraught over his dying dog.

Warner Bros. is submitting Aningaaq for consideration in the live-action short film category for this years Oscars. If both Gravity and Aningaaq are nominated, it will be the first time a film and its spin-off are nominated in the same year.

Watch Aningaaq below:
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Alfonso Cuaron's alternate ending for 'Gravity': Sandra Bullock gets killed by…?!

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Alfonso Cuaron is not keen on doing a sequel to his megahit movie Gravity. So much so, in fact, that the director has dreamed up an alternate ending for the movie that would squash any sequel hopes. How? [Spoiler alert!] READ FULL STORY

'Gravity' nabs coveted China release

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which is shaping up to be one of the fall’s biggest hits — as well as a major Oscar contender — will receive a major financial boost when it opens in China in November. The Beijing News, a Chinese government-associated newspaper, reported that the official Film Bureau had approved Gravity for release, a much-desired privilege since the world’s second-largest movie market maintains a quota on the number of foreign films. In order to promote their own homegrown movie industry, the Chinese government limits the number of foreign-made films to 34 per year. This late in the year, it was feared that all those slots were taken, but Gravity, a 3-D IMAX movie that features the nascent Chinese space program, reportedly made the cut.

China’s growing clout has been felt throughout Hollywood, as studios have gone to great lengths to make films that appeal to an Asian audience. Several tentpoles — like Michael Bay’s next Transformers movie — have arranged to be Chinese co-productions in order to guarantee a wide release in China. To appreciate what such placement is worth, Iron Man 3 grossed more than $121 million in China, and Pacific Rim earned more in China ($112 million) than it did in the United States ($102 million).

In Gravity, Sandra Bullock’s lost-in-space astronaut retreats to the Chinese space station after her space shuttle and the International Space Station are shredded by space debris.

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