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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nostalgia Wins Big In Oscar Nominations

Asa Butterfield portrays Hugo Cabret in a scene from "Hugo." (AP/Paramount Pictures)

Nostalgia was a big winner when the Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning.

We’re talking about the fact that films from Martin Scorcese’s “Hugo,” set in 1930s Paris, to “The Artist,” a mostly silent film that the New York Times calls a “tribute to old Hollywood,” to “Midnight in Paris,” set in the 1920s, pulled in a number of nods– Hugo led the way with 11.

“I would say at least six are focused or set in the past,” Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

“This collection of movies is saying something about how we don’t want to be here or like being here,” he said.

There were nine films nominated for best picture, down from 10 last year.


  • Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic

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