Sunday, March 8, 2009

"One Category at a Time" - Best Costume Design

I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty sick and tired of the Academy constantly picking European royalty porn (Michael O'Connor's victory marks the third year in a row), but it seems to be the safest bet going. This bodes well for two-time-winner Sandy Powell, who will have a few horses in the race with The Young Victoria and The Tempest (and possibly Scorsese's Shutter Island).

That said, there are many more interesting clothing styles and periods on display this year; Look for a tip of the hat to Consolata Boyle, who has done up the lavish threads for Stephen Frears' Cheri. Frears is no stranger to period costume dramas, with Dangerous Liaisons winning both costume and production design honours in 1988, and Boyle's last collaboration with him (The Queen) earned her an unexpected nomination.

Colleen Atwood could earn a nod for her slick 1930's duds from Michael Mann's highly anticipated Public Enemies, and even though the costume designer for Rob Marshall's Nine still remains a mystery, I suspect that it may be Miss Atwood, who won both her Oscars for Rob Marshall films (Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha). If the costumes here even come close to capturing the brilliance of the costumes from the stage production, then a nomination is almost assured.

As always, the Academy loves a good biopic. Kasia Walicka-Maimone could earn her first nomination for Amelia, as may Deborah Hopper (robbed this year for Changeling) for Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela movie.

If you're willing to take a chance on a less-baity film, Jenny Beavan could be in play for her Sherlock Holmes costumes. Don't count out The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus or The Wolf Man as a fantasy-slot filler.

Predicted five
Amelia
Cheri
Nine
Public Enemies
The Tempest

1 comment:

uffnrvintage said...

I came across your post and found it amusing - we worked on Amelia, among other major movies..and it DOES seem as if "quieter" period movies hardly ever win...it is more the splashy or uber-period epics that get the nod.