Martin Scorsese has already made himself a legend in the world of film, directing such notable movies as “Taxi Driver,” “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “Mean Streets.” In 2007, Scorsese received the Academy Award for Best Director for “The Departed,” which also won Best Picture that year. Scorsese’s most recent effort, however, takes a turn from the world of gangsters, violence and crime and focuses on the promise of adventure and the power of imagination.
In Hugo, a boy who has been orphaned after his father dies in a fire must fend for himself while living off stolen food in a train station. Meanwhile, he attempts to repair a broken automaton, which was a project of his father’s. It isn’t until Hugo meets a girl named Isabelle, who coincidentally has a key which fits into the automaton, that Hugo gets it to work and discovers its true purpose. The film is in 3-D, and Scorsese has received the Best Director Golden Globe for his work on the film. It is nominated for eleven Academy Awards this year, including Best Director and Best Picture.
Why did Scorsese decide to focus on this particular story? How does the 3-D technology affect and enhance the overall work? What were your favorite moments of “Hugo,” and why do you think it’s getting such a strong critical reception?
Martin Scorcese, Academy Award nominee for best director for the film HUGO