Oscars 2014: Gravity wins awards for cinematography and visual effects

Alfonso Cuarón's space thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is recognised for its filmmaking at the 86th Academy Awards

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Oscars 2014: Gravity wins awards for cinematography and visual effects
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Gravity has taken home prizes for best visual effects and cinematography at tonight's Oscars ceremony.

The film, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, follows space newcomer Dr Ryan Stone and veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski as their shuttle is hit by debris and they battle to get back to earth safely.

The visual effects-packed movie, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, won best British movie at the Bafta awards last month thanks to most of its post-production work taking place in the UK.

Taking to the stage to accept Gravity's first award, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould thanked "George Clooney and especially Sandra Bullock for filling our visual effects with life and emotion."

Clutching their golden statuettes, the quartet also paid tribute to Cuarón for having the "vision, audacity and courage" for taking on the project. 

Gravity beat off competition from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger and Iron Man 3 for visual effects, and Prisoners, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Grandmaster for Cinematography. Gravity was up for 10 awards including best director for Cuarón and best actress for Bullock.

The film has also taken home a four more awards tonight for sound mixing, sound editing, film editing and original score.