‘La La Land’ has narrow Oscar lead for Best Costume Design with 21-to-20 odds from Experts

With 21/20 odds from our 29 movie Experts, “La La Land” is predicted to win Best Costume Design at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Its costumes were designed by Mary Zophres who is a past Oscar nominee looking for her first win after winning the Costume Designers Guild Award for Best Contemporary Costumes for her work on the modern-day movie musical. The film scored an additional 13 nominations including Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars airing on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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Fifteen of 29 Experts are predicting a “La La Land” victory: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Erik Davis (Fandango), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tim Gray (Variety), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Michael Musto (Out.com), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Susan Wloszcyna (RogerEbert.com).

In second place is “Jackie” with 17/10 odds; the 11 Experts picking the 1960s biopic to win: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Matthew Jacobs (HuffPo), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). The replicas of famous first lady Jackie Kennedy’s iconic clothes were created by Madeline Fontaine, who is up for her first Oscar, and her creations have already won Best Costume Design at the BAFTA Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards.

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Florence Foster Jenkins” is in a close third place with 11/1 odds based on the backing of two Experts: Dave Karger (IMDb) and Jack Matthews (Gold Derby). The film set in the 1940s features stage costumes designed by Consolata Boyle, a previous Oscar nominee for “The Queen” (2006) who has also worked previously with “Florence” star Meryl Streep on “The Iron Lady” (2011).

In fourth place is the “Harry Potter” prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” with 20/1 odds and the backing of one expert: Eric Deggans (NPR). The costumes for “Fantastic Beasts” were designed by Colleen Atwood, a past three-time Oscar winner (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”) — she is the only past winner in the category. In last place is “Allied” with 100/1 odds. The WWII-set drama’s costumer were designed by Joanna Johnston a past Oscar nominee; this is the film’s only nomination.

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According to our overall combined odds featuring the predictions of all Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those who did the best at their winner picks last year), All-Star Top 24 (who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ Oscars) and All Users, the rankings are quite different. The favored pick of over 1,300 people is “Jackie” with 10/9 odds with “La La Land” right on its heels with 27/20 odds. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” jumps into third place with 18/1 odds, switching places with “Florence Foster Jenkins” with 22/1 odds. “Allied” remains in fifth place with 100/1 odds.

But the best odds go to us Oscar viewers as there is a four out of five chance that this category will see a first-time winner. We never know what to expect from a new Oscar winner so it could be a very energetic moment. All five nominees’ work are uniquely different but equally deserving.

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Be sure to make your Oscar predictionsWeigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films are faring in our Oscar odds. You can keep changing your predictions right up until just before winners are announced on February 26 at 5:00 pm PT/8:00 pm ET. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Oscars taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our forums.

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