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Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

Photo of Bill Desowitz By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood March 3, 2014 at 5:00PM

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.
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Alfonso Cuaron accepting his Best Director Oscar
Alfonso Cuaron accepting his Best Director Oscar

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.

Disney’s "Frozen," meanwhile, which has crossed $1 billion worldwide, earned best animated feature as well as best original song for the immensely popular “Let It Go.” The only upset was Laurent Witz’s "Mr. Hublot" besting Mickey Mouse in "Get A Horse!" 

Here are highlights of the backstage comments, some of which addressed achieving your dream and overcoming adversity.

“The amazing thing actually is not so much the visual effects aspect, but… Sandra,” Cuaron remarked.  ”That under the conditions that she was performing, the relationship actor/director was as if we were doing just a scene at the dinner table.  So there was no obstacle around all the physicality, all the strain, all the complicated amount of cues that required ‑‑  and the amazing amount of make‑believe that it was required.  It’s like she had to absorb absolutely everything.  Her power of abstraction was fantastic.”

Cuaron also gave a shout-out to the UK film industry, where he’s shot his last three movies: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Children of Men," and "Gravity":  ” Definitely the amazing quality and sophistication of the British film industry made this film happen.  I’m talking specifically about companies like Framestore or the amazing crew that I worked with. And the great thing is that the British film culture is in as good shape as the American industry right now.”

Read the rest of this article at Bill Desowitz.com.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, VFX


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.