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  • Jason Travis
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    Blue Jasmine just won the contemporary Costume Design honors from the Costume Designer’s Guild awards, and deservidly so. The gowns and outfits in the movie not only are gorgeously realized, they play a central part of Jasmine’s journey from elite socialite to struggling artist. 

    The last contemporary Costume Design nomination from the academy that I recall is The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and Patricia Field should have won as well.

    I don’t count the 70s as modern (sorry American Hustle). With their own unique branch, why aren’t the costume designer voters more open minded to modern creations? Once they split the music into Comedy and Drama. Perhaps the costume design category should be Contemporary/Period- since they always go for the latter.

    Anyone have an insight on why this is? Are period designs seen as more of a challenge? Are they just more wowed more by glitter and old fashioned hoopola?  

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Even Prada can’t be counted as a reason to defend the Academy about this issue, the costumes were still over the top and elaborate and looked like costumes. And in Andrea’s case, they almost WERE costumes!. That’s why it got a nomination and that’s why many thought that Sex and the City could also get nominated. 

    Milk was also nominated by the way. It wasn’t as 70’s as American Hustle is, specially since women didn’t play a big part in the film, specially with gowns, so I would consider Milk the last real contemporary film to be nominated.

    Period films are more challenging I think, but to me, sometimes they all just look the same. These english period films that get nominated every year all start looking the same at some point so it does bother me that they keep getting nominated just becuase they look hard. They must be, but common, even if the exact years and periods aren’t the same, they look the same.

    Unless it’s something as over the top and look like characters themselves like Marie Antoinette or Gatsby, or with specific wow pieces like Atonement, I don’t think these costumes are as special as the Academy thinks they are. I would much rather see contemporary things like Life Aquatic and/or Moonrise Kingdom for example get nominated. Those costumes played a part and looked like they were designed and thought for long and hard specifically for the film, not just another english drama that could just borrow clothes from the last one the producers did.

     

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    babypook
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    Blue Jasmine just won the contemporary Costume Design honors from the Costume Designer’s Guild awards, and deservidly so. The gowns and outfits in the movie not only are gorgeously realized, they play a central part of Jasmine’s journey from elite socialite to struggling artist. 

    The last contemporary Costume Design nomination from the academy that I recall is The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and Patricia Field should have won as well.

    I don’t count the 70s as modern (sorry American Hustle). With their own unique branch, why aren’t the costume designer voters more open minded to modern creations? Once they split the music into Comedy and Drama. Perhaps the costume design category should be Contemporary/Period- since they always go for the latter.

    Anyone have an insight on why this is? Are period designs seen as more of a challenge?

     

    ” Are they just more wowed more by glitter and old fashioned hoopola?”  

     

    Well they’re a heckofa lot harder to walk around in, that’s for sure. Back then, it actually was all about show and the elite wore their wealth on their bods. Btw I find it irksome seeing the wrong costumes from the wrong time on the actors, but this rarely happens.

    I agree though. They need to throw in more Bugsy’s and Lawless, Blue Jasmine’s in the mix. O, and scifi/fantasy as well.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Because of the Oscars have a love affair for those big frilly, period costumes. A lot of “bad” movies like Marie Antoinette or Alice in Wonderland won this category because they have the “most” costumes and not the “best costumes” IMO. I understand that rationale, but yeah, I think that a movie set even in modern day should get a nomination from Costume Design. I doubt that it will happen, but I hope it does.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Blue Jasmine should have been a nominee this year! 

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    Eddy Q
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    Last contemporary film to actually win costume Oscar was The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994.

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    Cheshire
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    I think it’s because they come off as more impressive than modren design’s. I’m not an expert when it comes to costuming or fashion in general so I understand why they go for the period- pieces but some variety would be nice.

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    O I dunno. Thinking it over, there have been a fairly good mix of winners over the years which are not traditional period films, such as Chicago. Depends on how one defines period I suppose. Duchess-like, and also from a different decade?

    Btw I love Marie Antoinette (the film). I think this is where I began taking Dunst seriously as an actor. That film deserved Best Costume.

    How about something futuristic? I was impressed with the Catching Fire clothes.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    O I dunno. Thinking it over, there have been a fairly good mix of winners over the years which are not traditional period films, such as Chicago. Depends on how one defines period I suppose. Duchess-like, and also from a different decade?

    Btw I love Marie Antoinette (the film). I think this is where I began taking Dunst seriously as an actor. That film deserved Best Costume.

    How about something futuristic? I was impressed with the Catching Fire clothes.

    That’s why I put quotations marks over “bad”, because even though the general impression was that the films were bad, someone might like them. I actually didn’t mind Alice in Wonderland that much, but I don’t think that it deserved either award that night.

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    Stardust
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    Jasmine and Catching Fire were more deserving than 12 Years and Invisible Woman.

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    Also, contemporary movies rarely win Production Design (Art Direction).  I was really pulling for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy a few years ago.

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    Joan Carles Tomàs Forteza
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    I can only say that for me is sad to see American hustle, wich takes place in 1976, the year I was born, considered a period film. I feel soo old…

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    Gain
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    I think the costumes in period movies can be considered as showy acting performances,while those in contemporary films are like subtle performances,which means they could be easily overlooked.

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