Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

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.”

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