Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Gravity named the first Latin American who wins the best director award, and the film achieved 6 Oscars for its Technical Quality. Visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, editing and original score of Gravity takes away the first half of the ceremony. Cuaron complimented the film’s star Sandra Bullock as “the soul, the heart of Gravity”.
British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, is an American film based on a true story. The film says the life of Northup, a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Steve McQueen becomes the first British Director, who achieves both an Oscar and the Turner prize (which he was awarded in 1999). Tessa Ross, Channel 4 controller of film and drama, said: “We’re absolutely over the moon for Steve, Lupita and John, and the whole team on this extraordinary film. From internationally acclaimed artist to Academy award winning film-maker in just a few years, Steve’s is an astonishing journey.”
Cate Blanchett has won best actress for her depiction of the heroine in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Matthew McConaughey has named the best actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club. It is the second consecutive year the best director and best picture prize have been awarded to different films.