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Hooray for Hugo!

February 27th, 2012

Congratulations to the movie, Hugo , for winning five Oscars!

The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, were presented last night during the movie industry’s biggest awards show, also seen by millions of people on TV worldwide.

Hugo tied for the most wins … and it was tied for the most nominations going into the awards, with 11.

What Oscars look like. Photo credit: Flickr user lincolnblues

Hugo is based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret , which also won numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal as well as being on the New York Times’  bestseller list.

It’s a beautiful adventure story set in France in the 1930’s about a young boy whose father dies and leaves behind a mystery surrounding a robot-like automaton. Clues and discoveries along the way help Hugo learn about the connection between himself, the automaton, a famous filmmaker long forgotten, and his new family.

You can  click here  to see an  NBC  Today  show interview with the author, Brian Selznick , about the book.

The movie version was directed by famous movie director Martin Scorsese (pronounced: Score-sez-ee). It was the first children’s/family movie he’s ever directed, and his first one in 3-D.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hugo  won in the more technical categories of Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Other movies for kids that won last night:

Rango won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

And Bret McKenzie won the Oscar for Best Original Song with “Man or Muppet”, from The Muppet Movie .

Did you see Hugo or read the book? What did you think?

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11 Comments on “Hooray for Hugo!”

  • Lau says:

    I am hoping to read this at some point. I will cuiuors to see my reaction to it. I read Hugo with absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into and loved it! Then it started making the blogging rounds and such… This one is starting out popular right from the start, so that’s probably a lot of pressure for the author… Will be cuiuors to see if it lives up to expectations for me.

    • alejandro says:

      I think reading Rose’s story would have been ohsewmat disappointing. The wonderful pictures portrayed the mystery behind her life…who was she, who was the beautiful actress, and Walter? Words would have been inadequate…too limiting. I really like how Selznick tells so much of the story through illustrations. It gives more scope for the reader’s imagination.

  • Awesome Person says:

    The Movie Hugo Was AWESOME! Watched it in the cinema.

    • Mara says:

      I love award shows too!I applaud you for going the extra mile and cihwtang all the nominated movies. I can’t wait for your reviews. We want to see several of the nominated movies, but not all. Brad Pitt was on The Today show this morning via telephone and after hearing him be so happy about his fellow actors and the nomination, I’ll even watch Moneyball. 🙂

  • Prodigy says:

    The book was awesome I’d love to see the movie

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