Because period films often feature elaborate, detailed garments, they almost always win the Oscar for Best Costume Design. Last year, the award went to the extravagant, 1920s-set “The Great Gatsby.” Recent winners have also been set among the European upper-class (“Anna Karenina,” “Marie Antoinette,” “The Duchess,” “The Young Victoria”) as well as Hollywood elite (“The Aviator,” “The Artist“).
A pair of fantasy films have also won in recent years: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Some of this year’s possible fantasy contenders include “Maleficent” (by two-time Oscar-winner Anna B. Sheppard), the sci-fi actioner “Guardians of the Galaxy” (past Oscar-champ Alexandra Byrne), and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Bob Buck and Ann Maskrey).
And what would a Costume Design race be without Colleen Atwood, an academy favorite who has won three Oscars out of 10 previous nominations? Her most recent bid was for “Snow White and the Huntsman” in 2012. This year, she has a pair of films eligible for consideration: the musical fantasy “Into the Woods” and the period biopic “Big Eyes.”
Not to be outdone, Milena Canonero also has three Oscars, out of eight nominations that stretch all the way back to her first nomination and win for “Barry Lyndon” in 1975. This year, she could compete for her designs in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Albert Wolsky has a pair of Oscars out of seven nominations and hopes to get back in the derby with “Birdman.”
A number of other period films are also among possible contenders, including “Unbroken” (Louise Frogley), “Inherent Vice” (Oscar-winner Mark Bridges), “Fury” (Sheppard), “Selma” (two-time nominee Ruth E. Carter), and “Get On Up” (two-time nominee Sharen Davis).
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