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'Sweeney Todd' Wins Oscar for Best Art Direction

Sweeney Todd, the movie-musical adaptation directed by Tim Burton, has won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo.

Sweeney Todd was also Oscar-nominated for Best Costume Design by Colleen AtwoodSweeney Todd won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.  Tim Burton was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director.  Johnny Depp, whom won the Golden Globe for his leading role, was also Oscar-nominated in the Best Actor category.

Sweeney Todd fit into the Number 5 spot during its film-premiere weekend on December 21, 2007.

DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures presented a Parkes/MacDonald and Zanuck Company Production, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Tim Burton. Produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and John Logan; Executive Producer Patrick McCormick.

Based on the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler; originally staged by Harold Prince. From an adaptation by Christopher Bond, screenplay by John Logan. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

"Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who 'shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again,'" state press notes. "Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, who sends Sweeney to prison, Timothy Spall as the Judge's wicked associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen as a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli."

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