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Hugo Gains 11 Oscar Nominations

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been realised today and there was one contender that surprised me.

I really don’t know how to say this without sounding like a January humbug, but how is it possible for Hugo to gain 11 Oscar nominations?

Martin Scorsese 3D ‘children’s’ adventure was not even for children. They would not enjoy it in the slightest. For one, they wouldn’t understand it (ok, kids don’t understand many movies but they seriously won’t get this at all). In fact they will be crying because of how boring it is (and the lack of animated characters there are).

I know it has probably gained 11 nominations because:

1. It’s Scorsese’s attempt at a children’s classic, and

2. The endless (and pointless) meaningful pauses.

Of course, the Oscars need to give credit to more than just films with substantial plot, but it needs to be addressed that Hugo didn’t have a gripping storyline whatsoever. The revelations in the film were underwhelming. You wait for some action to happen and it never does. Christopher Lee plays a bookstore owner and the cinematography suggests he will end up being a baddy, but he doesn’t.

I thought that Jude Law was going to be in the film for a while; he was in it for one scene! I’m not even exaggerating: one scene! The beginning of the trailer is that scene!

Another thing that grinds my gears is that Hugo is set in Paris so why does no one speak French? The majority of the film is set in a train station so obviously there will be a lot of people from all over the world coming and going, but the main characters are residents of France. It bemuses me.

Hugo is up for: Best Picture, Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

It’s not even that it gained nominations that annoy me. It does deserve to be nominated for some categories, for example, Cinematography and Adapted Screenplay. What annoys me is that it received the most freaking nominations! Such films as We Need to Talk About Kevin were basically shunned and they could have easily replaced Hugo in some of the categories.

When I went to see Hugo at the cinema one person fell asleep in the first ten minutes and another left half an hour later.

A lot of people have mixed opinions of Hugo and that should have told the nominators something.

What do you thing of the Oscar nominations? Do you believe that Hugo deserves 11 nominations? Comment below!

About Danielle Shields

Danielle Shields is an English and Journalism undergrad at Stirling University, Scotland. Her obsession with everything to do with pop culture means that it is her ambition to become an arts and culture journalist. In an ideal world her days would be spent on trips to Cannes, trips to Hays and trips to Glastonbury. Until then she remains content by nesting at her home in Cineworld, losing herself in the library and being utterly squished at the SECC.

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