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This Gothic manor house could very well be an extension of schoolmaster Dumbledore's office in Hogwarts.
Hugo (production design: Dante Ferretti; set decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo)
Martin Scorcese's protagonist, Hugo, lives in a secret apartment previously used by train station employees. The exposed beams and lofty interior here just scream attic rafter style, as in Hugo. The orphan's living space among the rafters is about the ingenuity that comes out of necessity, about creating a workable space where no one would think it possible.
War Horse (production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Lee Sandales)
In the movie, Emilie, a French girl with brittle bones who keeps horses in her room, away from German soldiers, is surrounded by mismatched toile wallpaper and bed linens depicting repetitive patterns of pastoral scenes. (If you haven't seen the movie, just imagine a more modest French farm girl's version of this bedroom.)
War Horse introduces the moviegoer not only to toile but to English country style overall. This contemporary country house setting is something that Emily Watson's character in War Horse would be very happy with, as she is often seen kneading dough on a large harvest table next to slabs of cheese and bread.
Oscar Sunday: 7 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Pacific, Feb. 26, 2012
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