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Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

Postby mlrg » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:02 am

Big Magilla wrote:A win for Les Misérables could mean the film's fan base has not diminished. It's really too close to call.


In Damien's Inside Oscar I recall reading that Warren Beatty thought his chances of winning best picture with Reds were killed the moment during the oscar ceremony they lost costume design to Chariots of Fire. If Lincoln wins here, it will sweep

Anna Karenina is my prediction.

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Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

Postby OscarGuy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:36 pm

I don't think this will be AK's sole win. I think it will win both Art Direction and Costume Design. I know people are predicting Life of Pi to win Art Direction, but I can't resist another in a long line of double-wins for art direction/costume design.
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Postby Big Magilla » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:27 pm

Will they give Anna Karenina its sole win or will they add to the haul for either Lincoln or Les Misérables? A win for Lincoln could mean the front-runner is still the front-runner. A win for Les Misérables could mean the film's fan base has not diminished. It's really too close to call.
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Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

Postby flipp525 » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:11 pm

The recreation of several seminal and iconic Mary Todd Lincoln dresses alone pushes Lincoln way up in my estimation from those on this list. Although, is a sentimental vote for Eiko Ishioka to be considered at all here?
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Postby Sabin » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:53 pm

I love James Spader's costume in Lincoln.
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Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

Postby OscarGuy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:25 pm

One factor you might find running against Lincoln is a feeling that Civil War recreationists have a long history of evoking the period and it wouldn't be too hard to get a bunch of reenactors to show up in their field-worn outfits to act as extras in the film.

I don't disagree with the Anna Karenina prediction. One of the biggest rarities in the Art Direction/Costume Design categories is that the two award frequently are awarded in tandem. And usually, if there's a film that breaks that tradition, it's in the Art Direction category and not costume design. So, your three primary contenders are the only ones I think that have any chance of winning. Anna, Lincoln and Les Mis are the only films in both categories.
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Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

Postby The Original BJ » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:58 pm

Of the omitted, I think both Django Unchained and The Master would have been worthy entrants, for stylized wear that reflects these films' time periods while also tapping into the artifice inherent in these movies' looks.

I pretty much rule out both Snow White movies right away. The royal wear on Theron and Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman was eye-catching enough that this nomination isn't shocking, but a lot of it struck me as fairly generic fantasy wear, in a lousy, witless movie.

Mirror Mirror, a far worse movie, has some more original designs -- the ornate animal-themed costumes at the ball are quite clever -- and I guess it's nice that Eiko Ishioka received this final nomination. But the movie is far too silly to garner serious votes, and I assume plenty of people will cast ballots without having even seen it.

I think the remaining three candidates all have a shot at the prize.

Lincoln's costumes are really impressive -- the weathered, lived-in look of the clothes makes it seem like the characters have been wearing these outfits for years. And the task of costuming such a big cast, from politicians to wives to military commanders to servants, will not be lost on voters. But in terms of winning this thing, I think the movie has a drawback: a lack of too many female characters, and by extension, the type of ornate gowns that tend to lead films to victory here. Yes, Sally Field's costumes are terrific, but aside from her there isn't a ton of glamor on display. I think overall, the costumes might end up being too drab to win.

I've pretty much been a grouch about Les Mis, but I will acknowledge that the costumes were one of its prime elements of achievement. Like Lincoln, the film covers a lot of ground in the clothes department, from the poor factory workers to the colorful prostitutes to the refined wear of the upper class to the striking colors of the police. And the outfits worn by Carter and Cohen were pretty crazy and eye-catching. I definitely think it's in the running, and if the movie seemed stronger overall, I might predict it. But plenty of the costumes aren't what you'd call "beautiful" -- there's a lot of grime in this movie -- and in the end...

...I think voters will equate Best Costume Design with most luxurious dresses, and Anna Karenina will prevail. I had a lot of problems with the concept and execution of this movie. But it's hard to deny the visual wow of individual elements, especially as Keira Knightley dons one gorgeous frock after another in this film. Lincoln and Les Mis may have Best Picture pull, but voters have proven that in this category, they'll look beyond films in the major races and often choose the most elaborate candidates regardless (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Marie Antoinette, The Duchess). And Anna Karenina has a pretty solid number of tech nominations, signaling that voters in numerous branches were quite taken by the visual look of the film. A win by Lincoln or Les Mis wouldn't shock me, but I think I'll be placing my bet on Anna Karenina.


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