Reflecting an awards season in which no one film is dominating, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, voting Sunday, produced a tie, awarding its best picture prize to both Alfronso Cuaron’s survival-in-space-tale Gravity and Spike Jonze’s slightly futuristic love story Her. Cuaron was also named best director, with Jonze as runner-up. Gravity also was cited for its cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and its editing by Cuaron and Mark Sanger, while Her got a nod for K.K. Barrett’s production design.
The International Press Academy, which will hand out its awards March 9, just announced the list of nominees, and as expected, Sandy got her one as Best Actress for Gravity.
Actress in a Motion Picture
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Gravity also landed a nomination as Best Motion Picture, and 4 more.
Candice Bergen on Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone in “Gravity”
People love her in this movie. It’s one of the ways her sheer likability serves her best. We all root for her to survive and to survive the unthinkable. Marooned in space. Alone.
There is tremendous subtlety in her performance. She doesn’t play the full-on anxiety that many actors might have chosen; she goes, instead, for a surface calm that she maintains at all costs. This keeps her semi-sane. The full-on anxiety is borne by the audience.
Clooney floating off early sucks no energy from the screen. We are with her on her journey, willing her to return. And her journey is physical as well as emotional. Her clumsy clambering about the space station in the beginning morphs into confident athleticism. She becomes a space monkey. Learning to navigate in space, she masters it in life and we are finally free to sit back in our seats. She has kept us on the edge of them for 90 minutes, most of that singlehandedly. It is a fiercely honest performance, restrained and powerfully effective. She is alive every minute.
And her legs are second to none.
(Bergen won five Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar.)
Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity continues to fly high, crossing the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office over the weekend.
The 3D space epic, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, has now grossed $240.6 million domestically and $274.3 million internationally for a global total of $515 million through Sunday.
From Warner Bros., Gravity has yet to open in China and Japan, and is expected to ultimately earn north of $600 million.
Despite blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, Gravity took in $18.5 million internationally over the weekend from 62 markets. Domestically, it placed No. 6 in its seventh weekend with $6.3 million.
Gravity is the No. 7 title of the year worldwide.
Overseas, France leads with $37.5 million, followed by Korea ($26.5 million), the U.K. ($23.2 million), Russia ($20.9 million) and Australia ($18.1 million). The movie has only been playing the U.K. for two weeks.
Internationally, Gravity has rolled out slowly, hoping to play off word of mouth. The strategy has paid off in a big way for WB.
Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The awards gala will be held on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center — the second day of the fest, which runs Jan. 3 to 13.
Bullock’s performance in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” has generated substantial awards buzz following her Oscar for “The Blind Side” in 2010. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, who finds herself lost in space after a routine mission goes terribly awry. She has described the role as the most physically, emotionally and mentally challenging experience of her life.
The Palm Springs Fest previously announced that Matthew McConaughey would also be honored with the Desert Palm award, and duo also nabbed top acting honors at October’s Hollywood Film Awards.
It was announced a few minutes earlier the nominees in movies, TV and music for the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards and as expected, there’s plenty of Sandy for us to vote for! Make sure to vote, vote, and vote again, finalist voting ends on Dec. 5.
Favorite Movie Actress
Favorite Movie Duo
Sandra Bullock & George Clooney (Gravity)
Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy (The Heat)
Favorite Comedic Movie
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Favorite Dramatic Movie
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
The 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards air live on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.