Alfonso Cuarόn | Gravity
The category for Best Directing is a super stacked category this year. Seriously, all of the directors did an amazing job and I loved each of their movies. However, my write up for this category will be relatively short and to the point because I don’t think anyone comes close to truly matching the spectacle that was Gravity. The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska, and American Hustle are all, like I said, fantastic films; however, nobody was able to utilize the screen as well as Cuarόn did.
To put it simply, Cuarόn knows how to shoot scenarios that take place in extreme spaces. Gravity (especially in IMAX 3D), felt like an experience rather than just a motion picture that was able to depict the vastness of space and just how eerily out of touch astronauts are when in orbit. The film is the most beautiful and realistic visualization of space with mesmerizing views of Earth and the stars that make the absence of sound nearly unnoticeable. I was sitting in the theater completely locked into the screen, but was definitely more amazed when I looked around the theater and realized you could hear a pin drop. When you compare this to Cuarόn’s 2006 hit, Children of Men, it really shows the range of his directing ability because while Gravity is completely open and endless, Children of Men is the exact opposite and very clustered and contained with a ton going on for the entire duration of the film.
In the end, Gravity wasn’t the best all-around movie. It didn’t have the all-star cast that American Hustle did and the movie’s plot was nowhere near as crazy as The Wolf of Wall Street, but we’re talking about directing, and when Alfonso Cuarόn is at the helm, there is no one better.