The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Costume Design

01 Feb

Best Costume Design

In the interest of being thorough about the Academy Awards, I have decided to dededicate a blog entry for every category.  The news media will focus on the top five categories, eventually I will too, but these posts are in the interest of examining every single category, even those that send you to the fridge during the show.  Today: Best Costume Design.

  • Michael Wilkinson for American Hustle
  • William Chang for The Grandmaster
  • Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby
  • Michael O’Connor for The Invisible Woman
  • Patricia Norris for 12 Years a Slave

Most of the time, the costume design award is pretty easy to call.  But this year has such a wide variety of styles – no pun intended – that it may not be so easy.  That’s if you base it on history.  In the last 10 years, 6 of the costume awards have gone to period style, the elaborate gowns of Anna Karenina, The Duchess and The Young Victoria.

This year the only nominee that fits that category is Michael O’Connor’s work on the Charles Dickens’ lost love story The Invisible Woman.  This is not a category that likes the obscure, however.  If two films will be competeing for this prize it will be either American Hustle or The Grandmaster.- the former because of a sweep, the latter because the costumes were flashier.

Predicted Winner: American Hustle
Runner Up: The Grandmaster
Dark Horse: 12 Years a Slave


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