Martin Scorsese‘s “Hugo” could prove unstoppable in the Oscar races for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. The film’s spectacular sets and costumes sprung from the minds of two previous multiple Oscar champs.
Production designer Dante Ferretti — who won Oscars for “Sweeney Todd” (2007) and Scorsese’s “The Aviator” (2004) — brings 1930s Paris to life in “Hugo.” His finest accomplishment is his rendering of the train station where the title character lives, filled with the many clocks he maintains and stylish shops. Ferretti also recreates extravagant sets from the works of silent film director Georges Méliès. “Hugo” had a reported budget of $85 million and it seems like a sizable portion of that went toward bringing Ferretti’s visions to life.
Costume designer Sandy Powell‘s outfits are every bit as showy, particularly in how she dresses Sacha Baron Cohen as the station inspector. His get-up is the sort of detailed, memorable look Oscar voters will keep in their mind when they mark their ballots early next year. She capably outfits a number of colorful supporting characters played by Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Frances de la Tour, and Richard Griffiths.
Powell won her three Academy Awards for “The Young Victoria” (2009), “The Aviator” (2004), and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). A nod for “Hugo” would be her third in a row and tenth overall.
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