‘Gravity’ and ‘Her’ receive Golden Globe nominations

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The Golden Globes nominations were announced today and, as predicted, it’s going to be a fiercely competitive race. One such competitor will be Gravity, a film about astronauts trying to survive in outer space. There was buzz surrounding Gravity as soon as it premiered, due to the film’s astonishing visuals and superb acting, and now it’s been nominated for a Golden Globe in the ‘Best Motion Picture, Drama’ category. Alfonso Cuaron, the film’s director who’s lengthy, uncut shots helped drive this film, was also nominated in the ‘Best Director’ category as was Sandra Bullock for ‘Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama’.

That’s quite an achievement for a sci-fi. Excellent movies like Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave earned nominations, but that’s to be expected. It’s the movies in the science fiction and fantasy genres that are often overlooked; let’s not forget 2008’s The Dark Knight. But, although this year was almost devoid of great films in these genres, Gravity succeeded commercially and critically and now has award nominations to show for it.

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Her also received nominations for the movie itself, its lead actor, Joaquin Phoenix, and its writer, Spike Jonze. You may not have heard of the movie and it still hasn’t been released theatrically, but a film about a man who falls for his newly purchased operating system voiced by the sexy Scarlett Johansson is sure to have people talking.

I can’t say anything about Her just yet, but I’m thrilled that Gravity received some recognition. I tend to gravitate toward movies like American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, also nominated, but Gravity sucked me in and refused to let me go. It’s a modern masterpiece and deserves all the accolades it gets.

The Golden Globes will air on January 12, 2014, on NBC. Her opens on December 18, 2013.

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