Angelina Jolie Presents Alfonso Cuaron With Oscar After Turning Down Role in Gravity

Alfonso Cuaron and Angelina Jolie at the 2014 Academy Awards
Angelina Jolie poses next to Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron after presenting him with the Best Director Oscar for Gravity. Steve Granitz/

As the cast and crew of Gravity picked up their whopping seven Oscars at Sunday’s show, the winners all thanked director Alfonso Cuaron and star Sandra Bullock. But if the film had been made with Cuaron’s original casting, they might have been thanking Angelina Jolie

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Jolie, 38, originally turned down the lead role of astronaut Ryan Stone due to scheduling conflict with her other projects. 

“I had conversations with Angelina, but then she went to do one film and another she was going to direct,” Cuaron revealed at a talk at Loyola Marymount University on Feb. 12. “It’s just something that happens.” 

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Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier present Alfonso Cuaron with the Best Director Oscar on March 2, 2014. Kevin Winter/Getty

Ironically, Brad Pitt‘s dazzling fiancée ended up presenting Cuaron with his Oscar alongside cinema legend Sidney Poitier. There didn’t seem to be any hard feelings from the mother of six. (Actresses Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, and Scarlett Johansson were also considered for the role.)

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She happily called out the Mexican director’s name and even posed with him in the press room. 

In addition to presenting, Jolie attended to support Pitt, who picked up his first Oscar as a producer for 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Picture. 

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