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We live in an age where technological perfection is not only possible, but expected. Computer generated sound and visual effects are better than ever before. As a result, modern cinema is bound only by the imaginations of filmmakers. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saw fit to reward one film with an astounding seven nominations for such technological achievements: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. The movie is now in the race for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Historically only four films other than Gravity have scored these nominations. Starting with Titanic in 1997, the other movies to earn this honor were Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2002), Hugo (2011) and Life of Pi (2012). Even Peter Jackson’s Oscar-sweeping The Return of the King (2002) was only nominated for four of the seven technological awards before going on to win Best Picture.
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