Graham King and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and Thomas Langmann’s The Artist, were big winners at the 84th Academy Awards, held Sunday, February 26, 2012, taking home five Oscars each. Among those awards, Hugo won for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, while The Artist won for Music (Original Score).
Composer Ludovic Bource won his first Academy Award in his first-ever nomination for The Artist.
In the Sound Editing category, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty were honored for their work on Hugo. It was Stockton’s first Academy Award nomination, and Gearty’s second nomination; Gearty was previously nominated in 2002 for Gangs of New York.
Hugo‘s Academy Award for Sound Mixing went to Tom Fleischman and John Midgley. Fleischman was previously nominated for The Aviator (2004), Gangs of New York (2002), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Reds (1981). Midgley was previously nominated for The King’s Speech (2010) and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999).
Hugo‘s sound mixing team—Production Mixer Midgley, Re-Recording Mixer Fleischman, CAS, and Scoring Mixer Simon Rhodes—was also recently honored by the Cinema Audio Society for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture.
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s award-winning novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret stars Asa Butterfield as an orphan boy who lives in a Parisian train station. Sent to live with his drunken uncle after his father’s death in a fire, Hugo learned how to wind the massive clocks that run throughout the station. When the uncle disappears one day, Hugo decides to maintain the clocks on his own, hoping nobody will catch on to him squatting in the station.
For more on Hugo, watch an exclusive SoundWorks Collection video profile, in which producer Michael Coleman sits down with Hugo‘s Oscar winning sound team, including co-supervising sound editor Philip Stockton, co-supervising sound editor Eugene Gearty, and re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman.