09/04/2013 10:25 am ET

James Cameron Praises 'Gravity': Director Says Alfonso Cuaron Movie Is 'The Best Space Film Ever Done'


James Cameron knows a thing or two about visual effects, which might make his praise for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" all the more resonant. Cuaron screened the space-centric movie for Cameron a few weeks ago, and now the "Titanic" director tells Variety that its technical effects are some of the best ever.

“I was stunned, absolutely floored,” he said. “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I've been hungry to see for an awful long time.”

Cameron said his celebration of the film transcends its complicated CGI. The director applauded Sandra Bullock's "seamless portrayal" as well as the overall movie's "human dimension."

"Gravity" is an early favorite for prime Oscar attention -- something else Cameron is familiar with. Like "Titanic" and "Avatar," Cuaron's film, which also stars George Clooney, is expected to receive attention in many major categories. If the director's musings hold true, as early rave reviews indicate they do, "Gravity" will join the flock of Cameron films to take home Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects and/or Best Art Direction -- "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Titanic," "Avatar."

But Cameron isn't the only special effects-laden auteur to praise "Gravity." Guillermo Del Toro, who helmed "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Pacific Rim," recently called the movie "completely mind-blowing."



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