Gravity has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards: Best Actress (Sandra Bullock), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) and Best Motion Picture of the Year.

Alfonso Cuarón, the director of Gravity, with his Best Director Golden Globe

Alfonso Cuarón, the director of Gravity, with his Best Director Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: Expect Gravity to be the biggest winner at the Oscars. It’ll win every technical award: Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Editing, Visual Effects and Director. It also has a great chance to win Best Original Score. (That’s already eight Oscars!)

Sandra Bullock has no chance of winning Best Actress over Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine.

With all these awards and nominations in the technical fields, does Gravity have a chance to win Best Picture over American Hustle and 12 Years A SlaveAvatar similarly dominated the technical categories a couple years ago, but ended up losing Best Director and Best Picture to the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which votes for the Oscars, is mostly made up of actors, and they tend to award Best Picture to the film with the best acting ensemble. Gravity, while an outstanding technical achievement, is really a one-woman show.

So I have a feeling that American Hustle, with its four acting nominations, will end up narrowly winning Best Picture over 12 Years A Slave and Gravity in one of the closest Best Picture races in history. Gravity, however, will end up with an admirable eight Oscar wins.

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