WINNER: 84th Annual Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing (Also Nominated: Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Editing, and Original Score)
Throughout his extraordinary career, Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese has brought his unique vision and dazzling gifts to life in a series of unforgettable films. The legendary storyteller invites you to join him on a thrilling journey to a magical world with HUGO, based on Brian Selznick's award-winning, imaginative New York Times best-seller, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Follow the astonishing adventure of a wily and resourceful boy whose quest to unlock a secret left to him by his father will transform Hugo and all those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home.
"Based on the Caldecott-winning children's novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", by Brian Selznick (cousin of Hollywood titan David O. Selznick), the film – vividly adapted by John Logan – emerges as a spectacular adventure for film lovers of all ages. In a twist on "Treasure Island", Hugo discovers his prize in the form of a reclusive film pioneer, Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley, in a superbly nuanced performance), who runs the station's toy booth. It's Hugo, with the help of Isabelle (a lovely, eager Chloë Moretz), who reintroduces Méliès to life and art.
"With the help of the gifted cinematographer Robert Richardson and editor supreme Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese sweeps us headlong into the action as Hugo runs rings around the stationmaster (a hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen) and sneaks us into the station's secret corridors and inside the clock, with its jaw-dropping view of Paris.
"Best of all, Scorsese re-creates the early days when Méliès, a former magician, crafted hundreds of films, many starring his wife, Jeanne (Helen McCrory), in a glass studio, building wonders out of his own sense of playful design. Scorsese builds HUGO in the Méliès manner, creating a complete, ravishing Parisian world on a soundstage in England and reveling in the sheer transporting joy of it. HUGO will take your breath away. It truly is the stuff that dreams are made of. - Rolling Stone