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Wednesday 4 March 2015

Scorsese's Hugo leads Oscars nods

Martin Scorsese's Hugo is in the lead with 11 nominations
Martin Scorsese's Hugo is in the lead with 11 nominations

Martin Scorsese's Hugo is leading the race for the Oscars, with 11 nominations.

The Paris-set 3D family adventure, which is based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret and which stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield, counts among its nominations one for best picture and the latest director nod for Oscar-winning filmmaker Scorsese.

It has one more nomination than French silent film The Artist, which was expected to sweep the board.

War Horse, based on the National Theatre play inspired by Michael Morpurgo's novel, is up for six gongs, and is also among the movies vying for best film.

Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris, the film which was hailed by some as a return to form, has landed three nominations, including a directing nod for Allen.

He will be up against Scorsese for Hugo, fellow US filmmaker Terrence Malick for The Tree Of Life, French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist and Alexander Payne for The Descendants.

Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has been nominated for best adapted screenplay.

Battling it out for best animation are Rango, Puss In Boots 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, A Cat In Paris and Chico And Rita.

London-born film maker Lucy Walker was nominated for the best short subject documentary with Kira Carstensen for The Tsunami And The Cherry Blossom.

Also nominated in the same category was Saving Face which follows London-based surgeon Mohammad Ali Jawad as he treats the victims of acid attacks in Pakistan.

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