Alfonso Cuaron’s cinematic masterpiece, Gravity, walked away from the Oscars with seven awards, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Original Score. All the awards are fully deserved to the mighty film, which I voted my best film of 2013.
NASA have released three videos congratulating the film, its crew and director, and each video talks about just how authentic the movie actually is. Cuaron and his special effects team spent years perfecting the films jawdropping visuals, and the NASA astronauts in the below videos talk of just how close to the real thing Gravity is.
One of the videos was shot aboard the International Space Station with NASA Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio and JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata.
“Up here, 260 miles above Earth, we know a little bit about gravity and the lack of gravity,” said Hopkins, who then proceeded to perform multiple somersaults while Mastracchio and Wakata spoke.
NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino said that he had enjoyed the movie, particularly for portraying the look and feel of space accurately. “It brought back a lot of memories,” he added.
NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman congratulated the cast and noted that she lived aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 27, while “Gravity” was being filmed, and spoke with Sandra Bullock, from space.
Gravity is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron and co-written by Jonas Cuaron, Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, with Basher Savage and Eric Michels providing the voices of the Space Station Captain and NASA.
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.