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Oscar awards for costuming

The Oscars are coming!


This years Oscar nominations have been announced, and the big day is coming up soon.

February 26 at 7:00pm eastern.  It will be broadcast on ABC.


For more information on The Academy Awards Oscars click here.


Of course, our favorite category is “Costume Design”.

This year, there is a pretty poor listing of costumers and films up for the award.

Most of the films are pretty unknown, and obscure.  Here are the summaries:


WE – Arianne Phillips

The lives of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor provide a counterpart to that of a young New Yorker who becomes fascinated by their history.  As Wally Winthrop deals with an unhappy marriage and failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, she is drawn to the story of the onetime English king and the romance with an American divorcée that would lead to his abdication.


Typical period pieces, with no real unusual parts.  The ladies period dresses are nice, but let’s face it, they are not that challenging to construct.





Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor

The orphaned Jane Eyre survives her childhood in a cruel boarding school and secures a position as a governess at the isolated Thornfield Hall.  Despite its dark and mysterious atmosphere, Thornfield becomes the first real home Jane has known, and she soon finds herself drawn to its brooding, enigmatic owner, the formidable Mr. Rochester.


Again, Jane Eyre has already been done – numerous times!  As always, Jane Eyre costumes are nice, and look detailed, but they are still not anything to write home about.




Hugo – Sandy Powell

Hugo Cabret is a young Parisian orphan who lives hidden away in the vast Gare Montparnasse train station.  When he is not eluding the station’

s watchful inspector, secretly keeping its many clocks running, or tinkering with a mechanical figure that belonged to his father, Hugo observes the lives of the people who work in the station…including an irascible toy shop owner named Georges Méliès.

Uniforms are a little more challenging to create, but the rest of the costumes are typical period pieces too.  What is with this trend in 2012?














The Artist – Mark Bridges

As the era of silent films draws to a close, two actors find their careers and their relationship influenced by the coming of talking pictures.  While popular screen star George Valentin resists the transition to sound, young Peppy Miller embodies a modern age that is leaving Valentin behind.
Yet again, period pieces, and even less detailed ones at that.  Add to this, the film is in black and white, so the colors in the costumes don’t even show.






Anonymous – Lisy Christl

Against a backdrop of political intrigue and social scandal, the talented Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, finds a public forum for his plays

when the actor William Shakespeare agrees to pose as their author.  As the former lover of Queen Elizabeth I, however, de Vere finds he has a dangerous foe in the powerful court advisor, William Cecil.

More period pieces, but at least this time, the costumes are much more elaborate, and rich in texture.  Typical Shakespearian costumes, but then again, they are much more impressive than cutaways, handkerchief hems, and sack suits.  The details with the trims and also the wigs, made for a believable film.








So… it’s the year of period film costumes.  Not a sci-fi, fantasy, medieval, futuristic, showgirl, or elaborate costume to be found.

Amazingly the 1940’s, 1950’s which are very popular these days, were not represented at all.  So much for the “pinup girl” look.

So… who is your choice?  I personally think that Lisy Christl’s costumes in Anonymous are the best of the bunch.  What do you think?



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