Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

On Tuesday, “W.E.” won the period prize from the Costume Design Guild at their 14th annual awards. It edged out three of the other Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design — “The Artist,” “Jane Eyre” and “Hugo.” The fifth contender is another period picture, “Anonymous,” and like “Jane Eyre” and “W.E.” this category marks its only Oscar recognition. 

In 2005, “W.E.” designer Arianne Phillips contended at the Oscars for fashioning the country and western garb in “Walk the Line.” In her new film, she created costumes for both a relatively contemporary setting as well as 1930s high society. 

Hugo” marks the tenth bid for Sandy Powell, who has now been nominated for three consecutive years. She has won three times, most recently in 2009 for “The Young Victoria” with earlier victories for “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and “The Aviator” (2004). Her costumes for “Hugo” range from that worn by the denizens of a 1930s Paris train station to those used by George Melies in his early films. 

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Michael O’Connor (“Jane Eyre”) won his only previous Oscar race for his designs for “The Duchess” in 2008. This adaptation of Charlotte Bronte‘s Gothic novel requried costumes for both the wealthy and the working class and his attention to detail was much praised. 

This is the first Oscar nomination for Mark Bridges, who recreated the heyday of Hollywood in “The Artist.” Like the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” which also claimed this category, “The Artist” is set in the world of 1920s showbiz. 

This is the first bid by Lisy Christl, who recreated the look of Elizabethan England in “Anonymous.” That era proved to be winning in both “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007) and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). 

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