"Gravity" hits theaters today, October 4, will be checking out the sci-fi film directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

"Gravity" is making some serious buzz, and not just in space. The film directed by Alfonso Cuaron centers on two astronauts, played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney who are attempting to survive after their Space Shuttle sustained serious damage. The film premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival this summer and was met with universal acclaim for both critics and viewers. "Gravity" garnered positive reviews for Bullock's and Clooney's character portrayal, Cuaron's directing, and the eerie cinematography. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 98 percent of critics gave the film a positive review, so now that the movie is being described as Oscar gold, does it really have a chance? Historically speaking, the sci-fi film would be a hard sell at the Oscars, but it may end up winning the Oscar for Best Picture.

Despite the tremendous box office buzz and the critical acclaim, the main roadblock for "Gravity" at the Oscars will be its genre. It is a science-fiction film and the Academy Awards has a notable bias against the space age subject matter, normally preferring long works of historical fiction. This will not be the first time that the director, Cuaron, will face Oscar adversity. His last film, "Children of Men," was rewarded at the Academy Awards with nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing. Despite not securing an Academy Award win, "Children of Men" finds itself on multiple Top Ten Lists for the best films of 2006. In addition, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominated "Children of Men" for Best Visual Effects and honored the film with awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design at the 60th British Academy Film Awards.

But where "Gravity" differs from "Children of Men" is it's impeccable casting. Although sci-fi, the film features both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, two Academy Award winning actors. Being the only two actors in the film, "Gravity" serves as a true acting showcase which is a known favorite at the Oscars. Another factor that might push "Gravity" to an Oscar win is that while it is certainly sci-fi, it is a serious film regarding desperate astronauts. Astronaut film predecessors "The Right Stuff" and Apollo 13" were met with several Academy Award nominations. It looks like "Gravity" is a serious contender in the race to a coveted Oscar win. Regardless if Cauron's film gets the Oscar for Best Picture, it is certainly worth watching. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!


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