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'Gravity' steals the show at the Oscars

While American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street couldn't register a single Oscar win despite multiple nominations, Gravity stole the show with seven gongs

No sci-fi film has ever won an Oscar for Best Picture. The tradition continued at the 86th Academy Awards as well. Nevertheless, the space epic, 'Gravity', swept the board with seven Oscars - out of the possible 10 nods - including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron. It also won almost all of the technical categories, that includes categories like Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. On the other end, 'Dallas Buyers Club' and '12 Years a Slave' both won three Oscars each.

Gravity
Pic Courtesy: Warner Bros  

1. The film is 90 minutes long. In real life, the International Space Station travels at approx. 17,500 mph and orbits the earth every 90 minutes. The debris field also circles the earth every 90 mins.

2. After Robert Downey Jr. left the project, several high profile actors were considered including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington, before George Clooney was cast.

3. While filming an underwater scene, Alfonso Cuaron held his breath along with Sandra Bullock to make sure he wasn't asking too much of her. He soon found he couldn't match 49-year-old lung power.

4. Angelina Jolie was originally cast but she decided to drop out later. Natalie Portman too turned down the role shortly before she announced her pregnancy. Sandra Bullock entered later.

5. The entire film took 4.5 years to be made - from conceptualisation to execution - with animation process lasting 2.5 years. This was before the production team even began to shoot with actors on the sets.

6. After watching the film, James Cameron, director of Avatar and a close friend of Alfonso Cuarón , said, "I was stunned, absolutely floored. I think it's the best space photography ever done."

7. The off-screen voice you hear belongs to Ed Harris. The 4-time Oscar-nominee has earlier played real-life mission director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13 (1995) and John Glenn in The Right Stuff (1983).

Money matters
Gravity has given Sandra Bullock the biggest payday of her career after she negotiated a 15 per cent cut of the box office takings in addition to her USD 20 million fee. Made at a budget of USD 100 million, the film has exceeded industry expectations to take USD 700 million worldwide so far.

This year's Oscars was an event filled with memorable moments

It's that time of the year when film award functions in the USA come to a closure. In other words, the Academy Awards take place.

Is there something called a bad-time pizza? We guess not. Brad Pitt (right) enjoying his piece while Angelina Jolie seems distracted. Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizzas, distributed them among the stars and proceeded to collect tips for the 'service' too
Is there something called a bad-time pizza? We guess not. Brad Pitt (right) enjoying his piece while Angelina Jolie seems distracted. Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizzas, distributed them among the stars and proceeded to collect tips for the 'service' too 

And like every passing year, 2014's Oscars too was memorable for several factors ranging from spontaneous to planned to bizarre.

On the awards front, the jury seemed fair with the favourites earning their gongs. On the show's front, the evening was undoubtedly spectacular with the biggest stars at their candid best.

hitlist highlights some of the instances worth remembering the ceremony for...

Lupita Nyong'o not only brought tears to her co-stars' eyes with her acceptance speech but also shook a leg with Pharell Williams
Lupita Nyong'o not only brought tears to her co-stars' eyes with her acceptance speech but also shook a leg with Pharell Williams 

Photobombing is in vogue. Benedict Cumberbatch was busy at it while U2 and the family were posing on the red carpet
Photobombing is in vogue. Benedict Cumberbatch was busy at it while U2 and the family were posing on the red carpet 

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