Posts tagged “Best Costume Design

Oscars 2016 Category Breakdown: Best Costume Design

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

What I do is 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 voted, 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. So you know what the general favorites are.

Today is Best Costume Design. An all-frills category. (more…)


Oscars 2016: CDG Awards

… And there’s your last guild. From here on out it’s just straight up guessing. Remember the Scientific Method? You do all your experiments testing laundry detergents or whatever you did for science fair and then there’s that analysis portion where you make graphs and stuff. That’s where we’re at now.

Anyway, the Costume Designers Guild announced their awards tonight. And surprisingly — or not surprisingly — they gave us absolutely no help at all.

Hidden Figures won for Best Period Costumes, Doctor Strange won for Best Fantasy Costumes and La La Land won for Best Contemporary Costumes. La La Land is the only film actually nominated. Fantastic Beasts was nominated in Fantasy and lost, and Florence Foster Jenkins and Jackie both lost in Period.

So we waited all this time for them to announce, and they told us squadoosh. Thanks, guys.

– – – – – – – – – –

http://bplusmovieblog.com


Oscars 2016: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced nominees today.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Captain Fantastic

La La Land

Lion

Nocturnal Animals

Contemporary almost never gets nominated, though La La Land will buck that trend this year. The Martian technically did last year, but usually space movies get labeled as fantasy. Still, I wouldn’t expect more than La La Land to make it on the list this year, even if Nocturnal Animals sounds like something they could nominate.

Excellence in Period Film

The Dressmaker

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hail, Caesar!

Hidden Figures

Jackie

This is your bread and butter.

Jackie will be nominated. Florence Foster Jenkins seems likely. The Dressmaker stands a decent chance, since costumers don’t really go by what the “big” films were and pick based solely on costumes. Hail Caesar would be an interesting one. My gut says no, but it’s definitely possible. Hidden Figures could also easily make it, though that seems like a bland choice for them.

Surprised to see no Love & Friendship here. They tend to go for overt period costuming like that.

Excellence in Fantasy Film

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Kubo and the Two Strings

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Love seeing Kubo on here. There’s a lot of love for that film all around. And I hope it matters in the final voting, but I’m sure it won’t.

Tim Burton movies always get guild nominations. This one shouldn’t get an Oscar nomination too. It’s just not loved enough for that. Even Alice in Wonderland had some sort of likability factor going for it. This one stands no chance.

Rogue One — I doubt it. Star Wars last year didn’t get on, so I have no reason to think this is any different.

Fantastic Beasts stands a decent shot, even though it’s weird for me to fathom a Harry Potter movie getting multiple Oscar nominations, since they so rarely got anything before.

– – – – –

Costume Design is always a tricky one, since there’s always a random one or two that manages to get on. Or you figure, “They can’t miss with these corsets,” and then it’s nowhere to be found, even though normally that wouldn’t be anywhere near the Oscars. You can usually get 3/5, but guessing those last two can be real tricky.

Off-hand, movies that seem like they have some period/flashy costumes they might like…

Live by Night is always a fringe contender, but it feels like that ended up too little too late to make any noise.

Allied would normally be a big player here, but it feels like an afterthought.

Silence… doubtful. Rules Don’t Apply is period. That jumped out at me. But again, maybe that gets one or two token nominations in random categories, if that. Maybe a fringe contender at best.

Loving is period, but probably too subdued for them.

The Birth of a Nation, had it made any more noise, would have made a showing somewhere.

I mean… yeah. This might be what your category is. La La Land, Jackie, Florence, and then a combination of either The Dressmaker, Love & Friendship, Hail Caesar, Fantastic Beasts and maybe Hidden Figures. We have a week, but that’s sounding pretty good to me right now.

– – – – – – – – – –

DGA nominations out in a few hours.

http://bplusmovieblog.com


88th Academy Awards Recap

So the Oscars were last night. A lot to talk about.

This is where we officially close the book on 2015 and move into 2016. I’ll try to give everything its due, but there was a point about an hour into the ceremony where I was just kind of over it and wanted to move on.

Overall it was a strange year. They really spread the wealth around. Mad Max won six, I think, and then The Revenant won 3 and Spotlight won 2 and then everything else only won 1. Crazy.

A lot of major stats fell and a lot of crazy shit happened. So let’s get into it: (more…)


The 88th Academy Awards Scorecard

My friend introduced me to this last year. I had no idea people did it, and I honestly think it’s the best way to pick the Oscars. Here’s how it works:

You take every category and rank all of the nominees in terms of order you think they’re going to win. If your #1 choice wins, you get 1 point. If #2 wins, you get to. Etc. And in the end, you tally your score up. And the lowest score (24 being the lowest) wins. It’s very simple, and the only time it gets confusing is if a tie happens, which is pretty rare in the history of the Academy (even though one did happen in 2012).

I prefer it because it’s based more on diagnosing the category than simply picking a winner. And diagnosing categories is my specialty.

Here’s my scorecard for this year’s Oscars: (more…)


The B+ Oscar Ballot: 2015 – The Quick Picks

My giant ballot article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.

Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking. Very succinct, with cliff notes versions of all the categories.

And in a bit, I’m gonna post my scorecard for how I’m gonna rank myself on that. (Note: The rankings here may be slightly different from the ones I’m picking on the Scorecard.)

Here are the quick picks for the 88th Academy Awards: (more…)


The B+ Oscar Guide to the 88th Academy Awards

Everything you need for Oscar night in one place. I make things as simple or as complex as you want them to be. You can read all 34,000 words like the insane person who wrote them, or you can skip through and look purely for my picks. It’s up to you. All I can promise is a respectable showing in your office/party pool and enough knowledge to make you look like you know what you’re talking about.

This article acts as both my own personal ballot as well as a tool for guessing what will win in every category. On the personal side, this acts as an extension of my Oscar Quest. I rank each category based on my thoughts having seen all the nominees and pick what I’d vote for if I were casting a ballot. That’s just for me. The practical side is more interesting. I run down every category, discuss the nominees in depth. I give you all the precursor information you need, then break down the categories. I tell you what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and which nominee has a chance at sneaking up to surprise everyone with a win. I also link to all the category breakdowns I’ve been writing over the past couple of weeks (hint: you can click the name of each category to get to them) if you want every bit of information you can possibly get.

Then, at the very end, I plainly say “Here’s what I am taking on my ballot” and “Here is what you should take, because it is the safest and smartest decision, based on everything I’ve presented above.” I also color code everything, so you can easily find stuff. No one else goes this nuts with their coverage. Trust me. This is why you come to me. (more…)


Oscars 2015: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards this evening.

Excellence in Period Film went to The Danish Girl. That and Carol were the only two nominated films in that category.

Excellence in Fantasy Film went to Mad Max: Fury Road, which beat Cinderella, another nominee.

Excellence in Contemporary Film went to Beasts of No Nation. That category is always a wash because contemporary films never get nominated for costumes.

Pretty much this tells us that Mad Max is probably winning yet another category, since Cinderella has lost to it heads up at least twice now in precursors, and it’s won just about everything so far.

Though it’s worth noting that The Revenant was not nominated here and still could theoretically sneak in a win at the Oscars.

http://bplusmovieblog.com


Oscars 2015 Category Breakdown: Best Costume Design

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the 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 Costume Design. Because everyone can understand dresses and hats and shit. (more…)


Oscars 2015: CDG Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominees today. It’s always nice when they do, because they are actually expansive about their nominations, nominating in three different categories. Whereas the Academy just picks whatever five best period costumes there were most of the time. (You know they do.)

Here, at least, we get contemporary, fantasy and period. So you actually get the costume designers picking what jobs they liked best in an expansive (but not obscene. Looking at you, Annie Awards and VFX awards) way.

Here are your Costume Designers Guild nominations: (more…)


87th Academy Awards Recap

Well, that’s another year in the books. Goodbye, 2014, hello 2015.

I have no idea how many I got wrong or right. I think I was in the 18 range or so. Which is admirable. I don’t even care. Because not a single category threw me for a loop. I was right there with either the winner or runner up in every single category. That’s all I can ever ask for.

I was also extremely pleased that the majority of the Oscars went to three of my top four films of the year. And you throw in an extra win for my #6 film and another win for my #10 film. So I’m pretty pleased overall.

You can read my live blog of the events here. And now we’ll recap everything so we can get on with 2015: (more…)


87th Academy Awards Live Blog

We’ll tally everything up tomorrow. In the mean time. I was typing up the Oscars as I watched it with my Chinese food and alcohol.

I was also feverishly texting throughout the whole thing. It’s actually kind of a miracle that I managed to get all of it done.

So, here’s my live blog of the Oscars, as I was watching: (more…)


Oscars 2014: The B+ Movie Blog Quick Picks

My giant picks article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.

Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking.

Oh, and rankings for that new system I’m trying to see how truly accurate I am at all of this. That is, I’m ranking them in terms of the order they will win. And the closest the winner is to my rankings, the better I do.

Here are the quick picks:

(more…)


Oscars 2014: The B+ Movie Blog Ballot

I used to call this Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings. But that’s not a fun title.

This article has everything you need for Oscar night. I run down every single category, tell you what’s nominated, how I felt about each of the nominees, tell you what wasn’t nominated that might have been, what I’d vote for, then break down the category and let you know what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and what, if anything, has a chance to sneak in and surprise everyone. It has links to all the category breakdowns I’ve written over the past three weeks, and I even say, at the very end, “Here’s what I’m taking, and here’s what you should take, because it’s the smartest and safest decision.” I also color code everything, so you can find stuff incredibly easy.

If you want to sound remotely like an expert at your Oscar party and know very little about the overall goings on apart from having seen some of the movies, read this article. You’ll be fine. (more…)


Oscars 2014 : CDG Awards

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…)


Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Costume Design

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 Costume Design. And to get it out of the way, it’s both true and a myth that the biggest, most garish period piece always wins. Hope that helps. (more…)


Oscars 2014: CDG Nominations

And now the Costume Designers. They’re always fun. Like Production Design, because they separate into eras.

This is also a notoriously both easy and difficult category to pick, because they tend toward obvious period pieces (they haven’t met a Victorian piece they didn’t like) and always ignore the contemporary stuff, but also just go with completely random shit (Madonna’s movie got nominated for Costumes).

So that in mind, here are your nominees for the 2014 CDG Awards: (more…)


86th Academy Awards Live-Blog

So I sat down to watch the Oscars and decided to live-blog it.

So, here is everything I wrote down while watching the Oscars:

The Live-Blog

Monologue was all right. Mostly safe, but it worked. Not a fan of Ellen as a host.

The crowd is lively. I like it.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Classy speech. Good job. (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Winners

Here’s a quick list of winners for the Oscars:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity 

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (more…)


Oscars 2013: The Quick Picks

All right, here’s an abridged version of all my Oscar picks. Basically — what I’m picking, what I want to win, what you should pick, and what will win if my pick doesn’t win (the alternate, essentially). I’ll write a brief blurb underneath explaining the deal with the category.

Oh, and here’s a link to the giant picks article. For reference.

So anyway, here are the picks: (more…)


Oscars 2013: Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings

It’s that time again.

For some reason, during the most competitive (at least, Best Picture-wise) year in a long time, I find myself less excited about this night than I have been in a while. Honestly, I think it’s because most of the technical awards are pretty much sewn up. It takes the element of surprise out of most of the night and saves it for the very end, as opposed to knowing the end and being excited along the way.

I’m also glad I’m out doing this on my own. I don’t even want to think about the kind of bitterness and hatred and blind campaigning that’s going on at all those Oscar blogs and sites I used to read.

This will be the same as every year. I’ll guess each category. What I think will win, what I think its main competition is, what the spoiler is, what I’m picking, and what you should probably pick if you want to win your Oscar pool. I also color-code everything to make it as easy to follow as possible.

I’m expecting to do pretty horribly this year. If I can manage 16 correct, I’ll be pleased. So take my opinions as they are: opinions. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Let me also specify that while this (obviously) is all my personal opinion it also will not include my personal opinion. This is all what I think will happen. Whether or not I think that’s a good decision is something else entirely. I’m in the picking business, not the deciding business. I also don’t need to know your opinion. I have a difficult enough time deciding my own as to who’s gonna win. More would be chaos.

So, with that, let’s roll up the sleeves: (more…)


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Costume Design

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today, we do Best Costume Design, which is always a fun little crapshoot. Since in years like this, we have to decide whether they’re gonna go with the ultra period piece the way they love to do, or if they’re gonna go with something a bit more recent. (more…)


Oscars 2013 Update: CDG Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations. Here they are:

Excellence in Period Film

American Hustle

12 Years a Slave

Dallas Buyers Club

The Great Gatsby

Saving Mr. Banks (more…)


Oscars 2012 Update: Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night. Two of the nominees won.

Anna Karenina won for Period Film.

Mirror Mirror won for Fantasy Film.

Skyfall won for Contemporary Film.

None of these wins are surprising at all. And I think we all agree Anna Karenina is a huge favorite to win the Oscar category. So, no surprises at all.

http://bplusmovieblog.com