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The five most significant things about Alfonso Cuaron’s DGA victory

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Most movie pundits and Oscar prognosticators were predicting that Alfonso Cuaron would win the Director’s Guild of America award come January 25 for his revolutionary helming of “Gravity” (http://bit.ly/1ffECP8). So what does the victory actually mean beyond its face value? Here are the five important things that the win has yielded:

“Gravity” moves back to the forefront of the Oscar race.

Together with its win at the Producers’ Guild of America, tying with “12 Years a Slave” for Best Production, “Gravity” now moves to the front of the Academy Awards race, and has the most momentum going into the final month of campaigning.

A science fiction film could be the first to ever win Best Picture.

The Academy has never bestowed their top award upon such a genre film before, but this could change all that. Many, including me, have picked the sic-fi thriller as 2013’s Best Film (http://exm.nr/1d5HbyS). Now, we’ll see if Oscar follows suit.

Sandra Bullock’s Best Actress chances improve too.

It’s still Cate Blanchett’s to lose, but Academy voters often bestow an acting Oscar onto a Best Picture winner, so it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Ms. Bullock to prepare a speech just in case “Gravity” momentum continues to build.

A Best Director Oscar for Cuaron would be the first for a Mexican.

Of course, a Steve McQueen victory in the category for “12 Years A Slave” victory would be a first too. Either way, it looks like Oscar might break its color barrier once and for all this year.

“Gravity” will make even more money.

It’s already the Best Picture nominee with the biggest box office (http://bit.ly/LZGh0t) and this accolade will help its re-release become even more profitable.

Not only are all these possibilities exciting, but also for the Oscar telecast coming up on March 2, it means that not everything is a sure thing. The races for Best Picture, Supporting Actress, and a half dozen others are now too close to call, or at least a real contest. And even the locks have a long month to shift before the final gold is handed out. It will be an Oscar telecast that now has some significant buoyancy and certainly a strong amount of “Gravity” too.

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