I think the lack of screenpay nomination was telling. Any idea if a someone has *ever* won best picture without being nominated for one of the screenplay awards? (finally made it back far enough on wikipedia. Looks like the Titanic was the last film to do so)
I think the awards it won painted a accurate picture: It was a stunning work of sound, art and directing but wasn't the best all-around film.
And yeah, between Amy and Tina doing the Golden Globes and Ellen the movie awards rocked this year
I mean, the lack of screenplay nomination wasn't surprising, and certainly wasn't any more damning than all the movies that have won without acting nominations. I predicted Gravity because I knew Cuaron was a lock and I wasn't willing to predict a split. Statistically, that's far rarer than a film winning without writing or acting nominations.
I also just liked Gravity the most, but 12 Years is certainly deserving as well.