Sizing up Oscar's Best Costume Design nominees
The Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design featured some surprises (what, no Black Swan?!), but we look at the five who did earn a nod and assess their shot at bringing home gold Feb. 27.
Alice in Wonderland
Nine-time nominee Colleen Atwood, one of the biggest names in the field, frequently collaborates with Alice director Tim Burton on his films.
Alice‘s whimsical and lavish costumes jibe with the Academy’s tendency toward fantastical fare (think Moulin Rouge!). Atwood, who’s won twice (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha), has to be considered the leading contender.
I Am Love
Newcomer Antonella Cannarozzi has worked primarily on Italian films like this one.
Tilda Swinton looked exquisitely chic in the film — her wardrobe was actually designed by Raf Simons for Jil Sander. But contemporary looks don’t often fly with voters.
Sandy Powell, who won last year for The Young Victoria, matches Atwood’s record of nine nominations.
Powell is beloved by the Academy, but with a lackluster box office, The Tempest isn’t exactly at the forefront of voters’ minds.
The King’s Speech
Jenny Beavan nabbed the trophy in 1987 for A Room With a View.
The Academy loves a British period costume but pays the most attention to the ladies’ looks, and Helena Bonham Carter didn’t have a major ”wow” moment.
First-time nominee Mary Zophres styled similarly grunge garb for O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Usually costumes have to be somewhat pretty to score the win. Grit’s costumes are more, well, gritty.