When Oscar met Hugo…
By Guest Blogger on February 27th, 2012
You’ll officially meet her soon, but until then please welcome Megan Kaesshaefer, our new Digital Communications Producer! She wanted to tell you a bit about what happened at last night’s Academy Awards. Thanks, Megan!
The Academy Awards historically features the brightest stars of the film industry vying for the highly sought after Oscar, but last night at the 84th annul fete, it was all about Hugo.
“Hugo,” directed by Martin Scorsese and based off our own critically-acclaimed The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Caldecott winner Brian Selznick, took home five of the coveted golden statues. The 2011 film scored Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. Author Brian Selznick was in attendance, and even made a red carpet appearance.
Here’s the break down of award recipients for Hugo:
- Cinematography / Robert Richardson
- Art Direction / Dante Ferretti (Production Design); Francesca Lo Schiavo (Set Decoration)
- Sound Editing / Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
- Sound Mixing / Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
- Visual Effects / Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning
(See the full list of Oscar winners here.)
The Kodak Theater wasn’t the only place buzzing with excitement over “Hugo;” according to TweetReach, it was the most tweeted-about movie for the evening, with a total of 110,179 tweets. (In case you were wondering, Oscar night boasted 18,718 tweets-per-second. Wow!).
Here are some of our favorites from the night:
@PWKidsBookshelf: And ‘Hugo’ wins Oscar for best sound editing – its third Oscar of the night.
Way to go “Hugo,” and congratulations to Brian Selznick!
And here’s a fun fact about “Hugo:” Apparently Brian Selznick’s name caught director Martin Scorsese’s eye: Selznick is related to David O. Selznick, the producer of “Gone With the Wind,” one of Scorsese’s favorite films.