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Should 'Hugo' win first Best Picture Oscar for a 3D movie?

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Given that much of Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese from the book by Brian Selznick, is about motion pictures, and given that it leads this year's nominations for Academy Awards announced Tuesday with 11 one of which is Best Picture, does it make sense that Hugo could be the first 3D movie to win Best Picture?

The other categories for which the film is nominated are:

  • Art Direction
  • Cinematography
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Film Editing
  • Original Score
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Visual Effects
  • Adapted Screenplay

The list of categories is a real mix when one considers the technical aspects along with a range of categories like writing, music, and directing. The number of nominations together with their range may push Hugo to the front of the line in Oscar's favor for Best Picture. But can a 3D movie actually win the title?

Perhaps if any 3D film can, a movie about dreams and moviemaking itself would be the one to do it. The current trend of animated 3D movies, movies remade and rereleased in 3D (such as Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast and this year's remake, Titanic), along with new films made in 3D seemingly unnecessarily, may put the format on the front burner of the Academy's attention. However, with the criticism the format receives for being "trendy" or "gimmicky" in many circles, it would seem to take a film as carefully and mindfully shot in 3D as Martin Scorsese's picture is to take Hollywood's top prize.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided against it. Though Hugo was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama, it lost to The Descendants, another film adapted from a novel but thankfully not shot in 3D. The Golden Globes are often read as a bellweather for the Oscars, though they certainly rarely match one-for-one and are often quite different.

What do you think? Does Hugo have a good chance at being the first 3D Best Picture? Should it win? Let us know your thoughts.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26th and will be televised live on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. ET.


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