The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night.
Not surprisingly, The Grand Budapest Hotel won in the Period category, en route to a pretty easy Oscar win, it seems (a la Gatsby last year).
Into the Woods won in the Fantasy category, which also doesn’t seem that surprising. Colleen Atwood, big musical, Oscar nomination — there you go.
Oh, and then, Birdman won for Contemporary, which basically tells you everything you need to know about this year’s Oscar race. Every single guild has singled out Birdman for something, and now the only question is — does it win, or does it end up like Gravity last year? (more…)
This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.
How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.
Today is Best Actor, in what’s a surprisingly strong (looking) category. (more…)