Monday, March 3, 2008

One Category At A Time - Part 1 - Costume Design

As itchy as I am to divulge all my premature thoughts on 2009's Oscar derby, I realize that all good things should be taken in moderation. Therefore, I will add a new category of predictions every few days or so, until around Novemeber, when we'll have a better idea as to who are contenders, and who are pretenders.

Today's column, costume design's top prospects:

The Other Boleyn Girl (Sandy Powell)

If the last two years have taught us anything, it's that crappy period melodramas about European queens have more than a good shot in this category. Personally, I always found the costumes of Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Marie Antoinette to be too in-your-face for me, but the Academy seems to like them, and The Other Boleyn Girl boasts colourful and ornate period designs.

The Duchess (Michael O'Connor)

Now the question is, will the Academy go for two period costume dramas about English royalty? This may come down to whether or not they actually like either of the films, but until the verdict is in, I'll go out on a limb and say them both (you could easily exchange either of these for The Young Victoria as well, but let's not lose our heads in those powdered wigs).

Red Cliff (Timmy Yip)

Asian period epics have shown up here more than you'd think in recent years (Curse of the Golden Flower, Memoirs of a Geisha), and if Red Cliff manages to open in the U.S. before the end of the year, it should be no exception.

Changeling (Nicole Korzenik)

Any snapshot of American fashion between the 20's and 40's is a solid bet, with those flapper hats and richly textured outerwear. Clint Eastwood's drama will feature plenty of it.

Prince Caspian (Isis Mussenden)
The Academy usually makes room for a fantasy or musical film in this category (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Across the Universe), and Prince Caspian, with its blend of medievil and fantasy design elements, could make an appearance.

Feel I've missed something? Let me know in the comments section.

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