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Gravity soars at the Baftas

Could this be a precursor to Oscar domination?

Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 13:20

   

There’s a decent round up here of how well Gravity and 12 Years A Slave did at the Baftas, and it leaves you wondering whether Gravity will excel at the Oscars.

Personally, I think Gravity is a better film. 12 Years A Slave has some phenomenal scenes, and is well acted (apart from Brad Pitt’s kind of cringey hero turn) and the generally ungenerous female roles. In fact 12 Years is even more impressive given its limited budget and short shooting time and limited crew. But Gravity is a classic, not just as a sci-fi film, but as a story that’s perfectly realised.

Ultimately, it’s actually quite unfair to compare both films in a way, given that they’re so different. But I do think the Bafta win for Cuarón will be a precursor to him winning Best Director at the Oscars. 12 Years lacks a certain coherence in comparison to Gravity. Cuarón’s accomplishment in directing Gravity is a game-changer in my opinion, while McQueen’s in comparison is “merely” a great achievement.