Thursday, March 22, 2012

85th Oscar Costume Design Updates (3/22/12)

Today’s updates come from the world of costume design. I have emphasized period pieces in this round of predictions, as the Academy tends to focus on those, but I did allow myself the luxury of a few fantasy and contemporary choices. Personally, I am hoping that Cloud Atlas surprises, as its story is set in six different time periods spanning the historical, contemporary and fantasy eras. Talk about one stop shopping!

This is one category where early releases can sometimes survive, so you can’t count out Colleen Atwood for Dark Shadows or a posthumous nomination for Eiko Ishioka in Mirror Mirror. On the other hand, The Artist won last year, proving that those late release best picture contenders shouldn’t be taken for granted either.

One word of warning: I have discovered that most men’s suits look pretty much the same to me, so my rankings for things like Lincoln, The Gangster Squad, Argo and The Master may need to be taken with a grain of salt.

1. Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby (Predicted Winner) (previous rank 24)
2. Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina (previous rank 6)
3. Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror (New)
4. Paco Delgado for Les Miserables (New)
5. Christian Gasc and Valerie Ranchoux for Farewell My Queen (Les Adieus A La Reine) (New)

6. Pierre-Yves Gayraud for Cloud Atlas (previous rank 1)
7. Colleen Atwood for Dark Shadows (previous rank 9)
8. Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (previous rank 42)
9. Untitled Yang Guifei Project (previous rank 5)
10. Joanna Johnston for Lincoln (previous rank 12)
11. Ruth Myers for Effie (previous rank 10)
12. Mary Zophres for Gangster Squad (New)
13. Kasia Walicka-Maimone for Moonrise Kingdom (previous rank 39)
14. Jacqueline West for Argo (New)
15. Jillian Kreiner for Savannah (previous rank 2)
16. Mark Bridges for The Master (New)
17. Arjun Bhasin for Life Of Pi (previous rank 3)
18. Steven Noble for Wuthering Heights (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 25)
19. Peter Paul for Great Expectations (previous rank 28)
20. Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Bel Ami (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 50)
21. Low Life (Untitled James Gray Project) (New)
22. Danny Glicker for On The Road (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 30)
23. Milena Canonero for Macbett: The Caribbean Macbeth (previous rank 4)
24. Dinah Collin for Hyde Park On Hudson (previous rank 25)
25. Sharen Davis for Django Unchained (New)

26. Keith Madden for The Woman In Black (previous rank 43)
27. Manon Rasmussen for A Royal Affair (En Kongelig Affaere) (New)
28. Dangerous Liaisons (New)
29. Olga Michalowska for The Absinthe Drinkers (previous rank 27)
30. Colleen Atwood for Snow White And The Huntsman (New)
31. Margot Wilson for Wettest County (previous rank 29)
32. Terry Ryan for The Eye Of The Storm (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 41)
33. Inside Llewyn Davis (New)
34. Judianna Makovsky for The Hunger Games (previous rank 50)
35. Carlo Poggiolli for The Raven (previous rank 40)
36. Winnie (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 31)
37. Ruth E. Carter for Sparkle (previously listed in 87th Oscar race, rank 1)
38. William Chang for The Grandmasters (Yut Doi Jung Si) (previous rank 16)
39. Hemingway & Fuentes (previous rank 22)
40. Black Gold (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 48)
41. Lindy Hemming for The Dark Knight Rises (previous rank 45)
42. Yee Chung-Man and Lai Hsuan-Wu for Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (Long Men Fei Jia) (New)
43. Jake Collier for Iron Sky (New)
44. Penny Rose for 47 Ronin (previous rank 23)
45. Virginie Montel for Rust And Bone (De Rouille Et D’Os) (New)
46. Varvan Avdyushko and Carlo Poggiolli for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (New)
47. Guo Pei for The Monkey King (Da Nao Tian Gong) (previous rank 33)
48. Sonia Grande for To Rome With Love (New)
49. Rita Ryack for Rock Of Ages (New)
50. Alexandra Byrne for The Avengers (previous rank 30)

As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!   
See Costume Design predictions for other years HERE.
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See predictions for other categories at the 85th Oscars HERE.
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  1. Pardon my language, but I've always thought that the costumes and art direction in Tarsem's movies look crappy/silly.

    1. My thinking is that Mirror Mirror might be a bit more Academy friendly than his other films, since it is a comedic fairy tale with Julia Roberts.

      I thought the costumes looked really interesting in the previews and stills I've seen. Sure they are a bit silly, but they are supposed to be.

  2. It’s funny despite the visual and awesome costumes in Tarsem Singh’s films, his films never got nominated in that category. But I agree with your first 4 predictions. The last one could be Lincoln.

    1. Lincoln is a real possibility. My hesitation is that Joanna Johnston has done costumes for several Spielberg films, including Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and Munich, but never been nominated. My sense is that she does a great job of trying to make the costumes look accurate to the times, while the Academy usually tends to reward things that are more flashy.

  3. I'm glad you included a picture for the upcoming Great Gatsby. The moment I had seen pictures released for that film, I was immediately drawn to the costumes. I could definitely see them doing some good at the awards for 2012, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. I can imagine there will be a few contenders in this category, perhaps even from Mirror Mirror (reminded me of Anonymous being nominated this past year).

    Then again, I was thrilled for The Artist to pick up the award for Best Costume at the Oscars in 2011 because it shows that it doesn't matter if the film is in black and white. The emphasis doesn't have to be on bold, bright colors, but that more elements are important such as layering and time period.

    You have some great predictions up. I look forward to seeing how they play out.

    1. Thanks Kristin. One of the benefits of this category is that it is a small group of voters, most of whom also belong to the costume directors guild. While I'm not certain of it, my sense is that many of the folks who vote for the nomination often get to see many of the actual costumes and/or drawings in person. If that's true, I think it can make a big difference, at least at the nomination phase.

  4. Snow White and the Huntsman should be higher. It's Colleen Atwood!

    1. If it were her only project I would probably have it higher. But she Dark Shadows coming out this year as well, and I think more academy members will be drawn to that. It is of course possible that they could both make it, but I placed Huntsman a little lower thinking that a double nomination was unlikely.

  5. Nice predictions! I think Atwood has better chances for Dark Shadows too, since there are so many different posibilites there, from Middle ages to the 70's of previous century. I think a lot depends on how the movie will be recieved, though.

  6. Thanks Sati. The costume design branch can sometimes pick surprising films even if the reviews or box office isn't there, but like you I'm not sure that this one will be unique enough without those other factors. Especially since Atwood has been back so many times already. If there is a newbie that is close, then I think they could steal it away from her.