Tonight during the 84th Academy Awards® ceremony Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning have just won Oscars® for Visual Effects featured in the filmHugo.
Hugo, a film directed by Martin Scorsese and screenplay by John Logan, is a mystical, magical film that will transport you to the microcosm of a train station in 1930’s Paris. Hugo is a young orphan that is desperate to find a message from his deceased father and in turn discovers the secret of a grumpy toy store owner and his connection to the very beginnings of the film industry.
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Other Nominees were:
- Riseof the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
- Transformers:Dark of the Moon – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2– Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
- Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosenbrant, Danny Gordon Taylor and Swen Gillberg
This is Robert Legato’s second Academy Award® win and third nomination. His previous Oscar® was won in:
- 1998 – Best Effects, Visual Effects for Titanic
This is Ben Grossman, Alex Henning and Joss William’s first Academy Award® win and nomination.
The Academy Awards® hosted by Billy Crystal is telecasted around the world live from the Hollywood and Highland Center from Hollywood, California into over two hundred countries.
Check back here for a recap of the entire Academy Awards® ceremony including the winners and the fashion from the night.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged. And please don’t come to the movies ill, and please return when you are well!
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work onSilentHollywood.com