Gravity (Warner Bros.)
In many ways, Gravity’s path to the Oscars closely resembles a film it has often been compared to for its incredible 3-D special effects: James Cameron’s Avatar. While hugely commercial films do not typically make a run at the Best Picture Oscar, Gravity is different because its transformation into the movie event of the year — along with its 3-D camera techniques — has made it one of the most important films of the year, if not the decade. Also working for the film is its nearly unanimous critical acclaim — something Avatar didn’t achieve, despite nearly winning Best Picture.
Gravity is directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) with a script co-written by Cuarón and his son Jonas Cuarón. The hugely ambitious project, which took more than six years to develop and complete, is produced by David Heyman, the English producer behind the Harry Potter film series.
While a Best Picture nomination is an absolute lock for Gravity, the film is also likely to earn Cuarón a Best Director nod along with scores of technical award nominations, headlined by Best Cinematography. Additionally, Bullock’s role as Dr. Ryan Stone could earn the actress her second Best Actress nomination in three years (she won in 2010 for The Blind Side), after having already won the Hollywood Actress Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.