The Oscars: David Cameron praises "brilliance" of British special effects firms behind space thriller Gravity

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Oscars 2014: WinnersView gallery David Cameron has paid tribute to the brilliance of the British sp

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behind Gravity. The 3D space thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, was made in the UK and directed by London-based Alfonso Cuaron. The movie, about astronauts stranded in space, was filmed at the Pinewood and Shepperton Studios. Yesterday on Twitter the Prime Minister paid tribute to other London-based companies who brought the film to life saying: “Gravity

’s #Oscars triumph is a tribute to thebrilliance of British special effects wizards @Framestore and @Prime_Focus.” At the awards in Hollywood, best director Cuaron said: “The amazing quality and sophistication of the Br

itish film industry made it happen.” Gravity, which took five years to make, also won best film editing, sound mixing, s李逵打一肖 ound editing, cinematography, visual effects and original score. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now But the night’s biggest award, best picture, was lifted by British director Steve McQueen, 44, for 12 Years a Slave. He jumped for joy after accepting the trophy – dedicating it to “all those people who have endured slavery” – and was also congratulated by the PM. Produced by Brad Pitt, the film is based on the true story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. Newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, 31, right, picked up best supporting actress in her debut

as Patsey in the movie. Based on a true story, it follows the life of a free black man, Northup, who is kidnapped and sold into s

lavery in Louisiana. Producer Brad Pitt praised “the indomitable Mr McQueen” - a Turner Prize winning artist-turned-director - for “bringing them all together” to tell Northup’s story. Minutes after leaving the stage Pitt kissed McQueen on the lips. “I think I just made every woman and some men jealous,” the flustered director said. “Just so you know,” Pitt told him, “you were my first.” Britain enjoyed further success when director Malcolm Clarke won the Oscar for his documentary short The Lady in Number Six: Mu

sic Saved My Life. As predicted, Matthew McConaughey took the best actor prize for his role as real life rodeo cowboy Ron

Woodroof, who smuggled HIV drugs into the US, in Dallas Buyers club with co star Jared Leto lifting the best s

upporting actor. During McConaughey’s speech, he thanked God “because that’s who I look up to”. Blue Jasmine star Cate Blanchett won best actress and paid tribute to her rivals, including Dame Judi Dench - who was not at the ceremony - acknowled

ging “the random and subjective” nature of awards ceremonies.