Edith Head, the reigning costume designer in ’50s Hollywood who died in 1981 and is the inspiration for “Incredibles 2’s” clothier to the superheroes, Edna Mode, has an Oscar record that will likely stand the test of time: 35 nominations and eight wins, including for Audrey Hepburn‘s dreamy outfits in 1953’s “Roman Holiday.”
But this year, British stylist Sandy Powell looks to have two chances to become the third living costume designer with the most Oscar wins with four as she is expected to compete for both for the royal pomp romp “The Favourite” and for the natty ’30s-era stylings of the musical comedy “Mary Poppins Returns.” The frequent collaborator with Martin Scorsese currently has three Academy Awards, for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” 2004’s “The Aviator” and 2009’s “The Young Victoria.” If she wins another, she would match Milena Canonero and Colleen Atwood‘s record of a quartet of trophies.
Powell also could become the living costumer with the most nominations with 14. Even if she gets just one, she would outdo Atwood’s 12. So far, the outlook looks good. Besides the just-announced Costume Designers Guild ballot, she has doubled up on both the Critics’ Choice and BAFTA ticket and already has been honored for “The Favourite” by the British Independent Film Awards. The more than 3,000 Experts, Editors and Users combined who are predicting the Oscars have placed “The Favourite” on top while “Poppins” is ranked third. Her biggest threat? “Black Panther” at No. 2.
As for having multiple Oscar nominations in a single year, the in-demand Powell has achieved a double twice before — in 1998 while attiring the ensemble casts of “Shakespeare in Love” and “Velvet Goldmine” and in 2015 for her work on “Carol” and “Cinderella.” The good news is, at 58, she is likely to get an opportunity to at least come close to Edith Head’s record.
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