26 Feb

Hugo is nominated for 11 Academy Awards: Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music Written for a Motion Picture- Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Best Writing- Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

Like in other posts, I will focus on 4 of the nominations.

Visual Effects– Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning are nominated in this category. In order to achieve such effects like the ones in ‘Hugo’, the scenes are digitally manipulated. If you haven’t seen the movie, you can see in the previews alone that the visual effects are incredible and filled with imagination. This movie is a very creative and magical story which captures audiences full attention and takes them on this magical journey through it’s visual effects.

Costume Design– Sandy Powell is nominated in this category. The film is set in Paris in the 1930’s, therefore Powell would have to have been knowledgeable of what the styles were in that day. Also, since this film is based off a novel, much of the inspiration and ideas for costume design came from the book illustrations. I believe that ‘Hugo’ is among the most favorable to win in this category.

Directing– No introduction needed for this director- Martin Scorsese. He is no novice when it comes to the Awards shows. His last Oscar was won for his Directing of the film ‘The Departed’ back in 2007. ‘Hugo’ is a totally different style of film, and therefore shows the range of talent this man embodies. Scorsese is among the most favorable to win in this category as well.

Best Picture– ‘Hugo’ tells the story of a young orphan boy living in the walls of a Parisian train station in the 1930’s. Hugo’s (Asa Butterfield) father had taught him how to fix mechanical things; therefore with his time he fixes clocks, as well as other gadgets. The last connection he has to his father is a mechanical man- a project his father had been working on before his passing. Hugo is determined to finish making it. On his adventures to find answers, he meets a cranky old man working in the station (Ben Kinsley) and his grandaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz). Isabelle has a connection to ‘Hugo’ as she posses the heart-shaped key needed for the mechanical man. With her help, Hugo goes on an adventure in search of answers to many different questions. It is a magical film filled with fantasy and adventure. Seeing as it is nominated for 11 Academy Awards, I’m sure it will walk away from tonight’s Oscars with a few in hand.


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