Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Costume Design at the Academy Awards

The nominations are out for the Academy Awards and there are five nominees for Achievement in Costume. Costume design is a tricky category because we sometimes forget that, in movies, everyone on the screen is in costume even if they look like the man next door. It takes careful consideration to make someone look "normal" in a film. Just think how much time and effort we put into creating the "costumes" that we wear when we step out of the house.

We are often drawn to the more extravagant costume dramas when we think about the category because we are more conscious of the fact that the characters are in costume. Colleen Atwood designed the costumes for the movie "Nine" (left). She has been nominated for an Oscar 8 times and has won twice before. Rob Marshall and Tim Burton like to use her on their movies.

Sandy Powell did the costumes for "The Young Victoria" (right). She also has won twice before with 8 nominations. Martin Scorcese and Todd Haynes like to use her talents in their movies.

The other nominees are Janet Patterson for "Bright Star"; Catherine Leterrier for "Coco before Chanel"; and Monique Prudhomme" for "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus".

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