‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Les Miserables’ among Oscar nominees up for Costume Design Guild Awards

All five of the Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design — “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” — contend at the Costume Design Guild kudos. 

The first three Oscar nominees contend in the period picture category as do “Argo” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” 

The duelling Snow White movies are up for the fantasy award as are “Cloud Atlas,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hunger Games.” 

Contending in the contemporary category are: “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” 

Last year, “W.E.” won the period prize while the final “Harry Potter” picture took the fantasy genre and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” claimed the contemporary category. 

“W.E” edged out three of the other period pictures that were in  the running at the Oscars — “The Artist,” “Jane Eyre” and “Hugo” — along with “Anonymous.” The final CDG nominee, “The Help,” was snubbed by the academy. However, it was “The Artist” which prevailed at the Oscars. 

In 2010, two of the three CDG period nominees — “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit” — reaped Oscar bids. In 2009, three of the CDG choices for period film costumes made the final five at the Oscars while in both 2008 and 2007 four made the cut.

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By naming only three period pictures in 2010, the CDG left the Oscar field open and two of its fantasy nominees — “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tempest” — made the grade with the Academy. Indeed, “Alice in Wonderland” won awards from both groups, marking the seventh time in the 14-year history of the the CDG that a champ of theirs prevailed at the Oscars. 

The last fantasy film to prevail at the Oscars before “Alice in Wonderland” was “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003 while the last contemporary movie to win was “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” in 1994.

The 15th edition of these kudos, which also honor costume design in television and commercials,  will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 19. 

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