January 21, 2014 at 6:41 am #135868
Okay so before you all call it mediocre, hear me out! I was looking back on some of Oscar history and I remembered that Peter O’Toole did NOT win an Oscar for titular role and noticed some other same similarities with Lawrence of Arabia at the Oscar and Gravity at the Oscars:
1. Lawrence of Arabia won 7 Oscars out of 10 nominations. I have Gravity winning 7 (maybe 8 if they can beat 12 Years)
2. Lawrence of Arabia lost it’s leading role. Sadly, Sandra will most likely lose to Cate.
3. Lawrence of Arabia won Best Director. And let’s be real Alfonso Cuaron is LOCKED.
4. Lawrence of Arabia won Best Original Score and I have Gravity winning for that category as well.
5. Lawrence of Arabia won Best Cinematography and again I have Gravity winning for that.
6. LoA also won Best Film Editing and I have Gravity taking that home.
So I may not be completely right, but these were just things I noticed. Feedback?January 21, 2014 at 6:47 am #135870
I’m thinking Gravity does a near sweep only missing out on Actress. Very good comparison right here.January 21, 2014 at 7:04 am #135871
I see your comparison to Lawrence, in terms of the wins/categories both films are looking at. How Gravity won’t carry its lead actress.
Where it differs: Lean was looking at his second Oscar–and he did it! Winning best director and best picture for two straight movies. Right now we still need DGA and BAFTA to clear up whether Gravity will really win director and picture. Maybe it’ll win neither.
Also, poor Peter O’Toole. He couldn’t win this because he was too new to the scene and Peck had been nominated a few times already. Sandra comes in as someone who’s been acting in movies for years and with an Oscar.January 21, 2014 at 7:38 am #135872
Good comparison. I too think Gravity will sweep everything except Actress.
I think Gravity will win:
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
and possibly Production Design….. possibly.
January 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm #135873
Interesting theory. The glaring difference is that a movie like Gravity has never won, but movies like Lawrence of Arabia (sweeping epic) certainly had.
Cuaron is not locked for director, and there’s nothing sad about Sandra losing to Cate.January 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm #135874
I’ve sung the praises of 12YAS elsewhere but I would really like Gravity to win BP not only because it deserves it but also because it would mark the end of the Academy’s 86-year discrimination streak against science fiction films.
NOT-SO-FUN FACT: 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by many to be the greatest sci-fi film ever made, was not even nominated for best picture.January 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm #135875
I have serious doubts that in 50 years time, people will revere Gravity as a classic like people do for Lawrence of Arabia nowadays.January 22, 2014 at 12:36 am #135877
I think Gravity WILL go down in history as a classic.January 22, 2014 at 8:14 am #135878
I find this obsession with Gravity irritating. My reaction to the film can be summed up this way: Not everything that glitters is gold.
And why do so many people come up with stuff like ‘Cuaron deserves best directing and this is a fact’. No, it isn’t. To me he doesn’t deserve best directing. To me (of these five nominees) McQueen does. But it’s another story.
By the way your comparison doesn’t extend to the Globes, because Lawrence of Arabia won best drama, but lost directing.
Right now I have Gravity winning
Cinematography – bittersweet because Lubezki will finally get an Oscar, but Delbonnel would have been my choice!
Film Editing – though American Hustle could upset here; the Academy loves flashy editing!
Sound Mixing – lock
Sound Editing – lock
Visual Effects – lock
It has a shot in music (score) and directing. I doubt it’s going to win production design though. And at least Bullock is no factor. Her performance actually did more damage than helped the film.January 22, 2014 at 8:26 am #135879
This comparison is so random.January 22, 2014 at 8:45 am #135880
[quote=”tyman21″]I have serious doubts that in 50 years time, people will revere Gravity as a classic like people do for Lawrence of Arabia nowadays.
So, what about American Hustle? Will anyone “revere” it in 50 years? Five years? Five minutes?[/quote]
Well no. Not all Best Picture winners will become classics. Crash has been forgotten already, after all. I suspect that Hustle will still this year, but not be remembered by 2023.January 22, 2014 at 10:32 am #135881
I like Crash!January 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm #135882
I like Crash!
So did I, but I felt that it wasn’t the strongest film of 2005. ’05 was in my mind one of the weakest years for the Oscars in history. Brokeback Mountain was one that was remembered for years later because of it’s subject matter, and it didn’t win. While I felt that Capote was the best of that year, and while I did like Crash, I don’t think anyone will look back at Crash and say, “that was one of the best Best Picture winners of all time!”