Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Academy Award nominated film Gravity, believes that the film is not actually a science fiction, as many people like to think.
Despite the film taking place in space, he never believed he was directing a science fiction film during filming. In a new interview with BBC, he revealed that he considered it to be a drama.
“To be honest, I never thought I was doing a science fiction movie,” he revealed. “I thought I was doing a drama of a woman in space.”
Gravity, which is nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards, is about two astronauts played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that end up stranded during a space mission.
Alfonso Cuaron believes that since the story line uses current technology, it is not really a science fiction.
“I don’t think the film is a science fiction film in the sense that it takes place in the present with technology that exists,” he explained. “We heighten the reality because obviously there are plausibility issues, but I’m happy with whichever label [it has].”
Alfonso Cuaron is also nominated for Best Director. He claims that he doesn’t think about it too much and that he will be happy no matter if he wins or loses.
“I don’t think so much about it. I take it one day at a time. It’s a celebration – I’m going to have fun no matter what,” he said graciously.
The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.