Of all the films nominated for Academy Awards this year, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo received the most – a stunning 11 nominations. In the visual effects field the nominees are Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning. We take a look at some of the other categories Hugo was nominated in and share lead vendor Pixomondo’s VFX reel on the film along with commentary from Legato and Grossmann (from our fxguide.com interviews with them).
On Hugo, Rob Legato acted as the overall visual effects supervisor. Joss Williams was the special effects supervisor. Ben Grossmann was Pixomondo’s visual effects supervisor and Alex Henning was Pixomondo’s digital effects supervisor. The VFX house completed over 800 stereo effects shots for the film – click here for fxguide’s in-depth coverage of Pixomondo’s work. We also spoke to Rob Legato for a fxpodcast and explored New Deal Studio’s miniature train effects in episode #128 of fxguidetv.
Scorsese himself received two nominations – for Best Director and Best Picture (as one of the producers with Graham King). The director previously won an Oscar for The Departed and has been nominated a further eight times. In a statement, Scorsese said:
“I am deeply honored to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one – where I was working with 3D, olgun sex HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time – was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve been recognized by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It’s an impressive list, and I’m in excellent company.”
Here’s a list of the remaining Hugo nominations:
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Music (original score)
Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Screenplay by John Logan
Look out for more Award season coverage on fxguide. We’ll be speaking to all of the lead VFX supes from each of the nominated films, and we’ll be in LA covering the VES Awards and Sci-Tech Oscars.
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