Nominee: Jacqueline Durran
Oscar History: The costume designer earned nominations for 2007’s Atonement and 2005’s Pride & Predjudice. All three of the movies for which Durran has scored nominations have starred actress Keira Knightley and were directed by Joe Wright.
Other Notable Works: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Vera Drake
What Durran said: ”From the very first meeting, [Joe] said he didn’t want the costumes to be truly period, so it’s very stylized. It’s 1870s stripped of all detail, so really it’s 1950s pieces and 1870s piece all mixed up.”
Nominee: Paco Delgado
Oscar History: This is Delgado’s first Oscar nomination.
Other Notable Works: Biutiful, The Last Circus
What Delgado said: ”The costumes are 90 percent authentic, and then we changed little details to make them more appealing for a musical.”
Nominee: Joanna Johnston
Oscar History: This is the costume designer’s first Oscar nomination.
Other Notable Works: War Horse, Saving Private Ryan, Death Becomes Her
What Johnston said: ”We were like a traveling circus. We did a little bit of work in L.A., but the main thrust of it was in Virginia, where we were filming. We had a shop there with dressmakers and tailors and they were sublime. We had actors do fittings on a daily basis.”
Nominee: Eiko Ishioka
Oscar History: This is the second nomination for the costume designer, who died in January 2011. Ishioka won an Academy Award for Bram Stocker’s Dracula in 1992.
Other Notable Works: The Cell, Immortals
Snow White and the Huntsman
Nominee: Colleen Atwood
Oscar History: This is Atwood’s 10th nomination. She also has won three Oscars — for 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, 2005’s Memoirs of a Geisha and 2002’s Chicago.
Other Notable Works: Planet of the Apes, The Silence of the Lambs
What Atwood said: ”It’s exciting when you put the clothes on the actors and you see them start to feel the characters. It’s something you’ve done together. It’s a good journey.”