Skip to main content

Oscars 2017: The nominees are out!

So the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are finally out and... we are frustrated at how predicable they were. At least in the Costume Design Category, which is the one that concerns us here.

Here are the Nominations for Costume Design:

ALLIED. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston


This is a World War II Epic Romance-Drama very reminiscent of the Classic Hollywood Wartime dramas, even down to the excess of melodrama. This movie, though it didn't flop, it didn't impress either. Bland and predictable are terms as applicable to the plot as to the costumes. Don't understand why it's even here.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. Costume Design by Colleen Atwood


I was doubting, back in my 2016 Favorite Costume Design's List (read here) weather to include this or Miss Peregrine's, as both are designed by the splendid Colleen Atwood. In the end, I prefer Miss Peregrine's. I guess they don't.

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle


I still haven't seen this one. And that's on me. But I really... don't want to. Maybe it's prejudice on my part, but I feel it's a story I've seen a thousand times and the costumes are nothing special. But, even if I'm wrong, it's quite telling that we could actually predict its nominations only because of the names attached and the fact that it was a historical setting.

Look for this in the comment section of this article.

JACKIE. Costume Design by Madeline Fontaine


This was an obvious nomination. We stated as much in our 2016 Favorite Costume Design's Article (here). It does a really good job at recreating the style and glamor of Jackie Kennedy. That much is true. And, it's definitely a front runner for the win.

LA LA LAND. Costume Design by Mary Zophres


Okay. This one does have me excited. How great would it be for a modern-day set movie to get the Oscar for Costume Design? I really love Zophres work here, and I'm starting to regret relegating La La Land to the Honorable Mentions in our Favorite List... Amazing use of color and retro styles perfectly blended with modern fashion. It's our favorite for the win.

TO SUM UP

Well, now you know where we stand on the nominations. All in all, I'm really disappointed with some of these choices, particularly with the fact that The Dressmaker is nowhere to be seen... But that happens almost every year, so it's nothing new. Sill, I really hope La La Land wins.

So, to wrap it up, tell you that do not fret, we will talk at length about each of the nominees during our second Oscars Retrospective that will take place during March and April, much the same way it did last year. Why March and April? Because by then we will have managed to watch them all for sure.

In the mean time, we'll leave you with the links to last years' Oscars Retrospectives to entertain yourselves with.

The Revenant (here)
Cinderella (here)
The Danish Girl (here)
Carol (here)
Mad Max: Fury Road (here)



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe! or follow us on Facebook or Tumblr or Twitter and help us grow!

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

STATUS UPDATE: our next review will be the Gone With the Wind Special, do not worry. Unfortunately, we've bumped out into a couple of work-heavy weeks and we've been somehow delayed. We are doing all we can. Thanks for the patience and understanding.

Comments

  1. Your blog is so good. Honestly, you should have an Instagram account with a posting of the movie you review to drive people to this site.

    I LOVED your "Crimson Peak" analysis...it was so good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! We are so glad you enjoy the site. And we do have an Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/costumevault/?ref=badge), unfortunately, it's still pretty new and recent, so we are still starting up with it.

      Thanks for your love and interest in the site!

      Delete
  2. "La La Land" is now finally the big favorite for the Oscars 2017. The musical drama was nominated for 14 prizes including the important categories. Emma Stone as "Best Actress "and Ryan Gosling as” Best Actor”(http://liveoscar.com/actor-leading-role-nominations-2017-oscars/) Thus, the film has set the previous record. So many nominations had so far received only the drama "Titanic" (1997) and "All About Eva" (1950). "Titanic" brought eleven Oscars, "All About Eva" six. Now to see how many awards La La Land will pick in its pocket.  But Ii would be greater if see Best Picture ( http://liveoscar.com/oscars-awards-2017-best-picture-nominations-synopsis/ )award goes to Hacksaw Ridge.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Burning Question: What's wrong with Belle's gown?

Since the first promotional pictures of Disney's new Live-Action remake of Beauty and the Beast hit the internet, there has been a lot of discussion around Belle's iconic ball gown. And, even months after its release in cinemas, there still continues to be a lot of buzz around it. Why? Mainly, because a lot of people feel that it is just doesn't look that good.
The thing is, Belle's animated yellow ball gown is, at this point, an iconic staple of animated cinema. Everybody knows it and everybody loves it. And, as a result, everybody can see the new one and say "this is not the costume I know". Therefore, everyone can compare it down to the smallest detail and see that it just doesn't quite look right.
Today, our goal will be to try and dissect the design in order to answer the burning question everyone has been asking themselves: what's so wrong with the "new" dress? Or, to put it bluntly, why is it so incredibly underwhelming?

This might n…

The Huntsman: Winter's War. Untangling the mess. Part II

As we heavily remarked in our last article (click here to read), the Costume Design for the monstrosity that was The Huntsman: Winter's War wasn't really as good as everyone was claiming it to be. And because we are sort of unrelenting in our grudges and hates, we are going to continue hammering down this idea, this time focussing on the true stars of this movie: the two Evil Sister Queens.
So, without further ado, let's get into the madness. IV. FREYA, THE ICE QUEEN That tonal dissonance that we pointed out in the huntsmen characters becomes a cacophony the moment we consider the two Queens in this movie: Ravenna (because how could they do this movie without bringing back the only successful character in the last movie?) and her sister, Freya, who basically becomes Elsa from Frozen.
Before starting, I feel like I need to clarify that my main quarrel about both their designs has nothing to do with if they are pretty or not, which most of them are. But prettiness is not wh…

Creating the Seven Kingdoms. Part III: The Reach

In honor of the return of HBO's Game of Thrones to our screens this past summer, and as an apology for our extended hiatus, we are going to dive back into the complex visual world of Westeros once again. Previously in this series, we've focused on how the North (read here), the Westerlands (read here) and their respective cultures were represented and reinforced through the detailed Costume Design. And, today, we are going to do the same by looking at how Michele Clapton, the Costume Designer for HBO's multi-awarded show, builds the culture of the Reach and the Tyrell family.

The Reach, just like the Westerlands, it's a region that we've barely physically seen on the show until very recently. And, because of it, most of what we know about it has been inferred through their visual style and the sporadic dialogue exposition. Which, in turn, speaks very highly of the incredible work done by the Costume Design Department when it came to projecting information regardin…

Oscars Retrospective 2017: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first of the planned spin-off/prequel series of the Harry Potter Saga and the screenwriting debut of J.K.Rowling, the mind behind the Harry Potter Books.
This new installment is an ambitious attempt, both in scale and in narrative, as it tries to tell both a brand new story with brand new characters and also be linked to the original saga through the character of Grindelwald.
The problem is that this juggling act forces the movie to fit in together two stories that have little to do with each other. On the one hand, there's Grindenwald and the Obscurial's story and on the other, the bizarre adventures of Newt Scamander as he tries to fetch back his creatures. Separately, these two stories, could have made for two entertaining movies, but the problem is that, together, they just don't mix  very well. On top of that, the radical changes in tone throughout the movie only manage to drag the final product further down.

But, despite…

Disney's Cinderella(s) and the evolution of the "princess" aesthetics

Every girl, at some point in life, has wanted to be a princess. It has become undeniable that the concept of the "princess" is, for better or worst, inseparable from girlhood. We live in a "princesses" obsessed era, and we have for a long time now. And a lot has been said about it, with loud people yelling over the internet about the positive and negative aspects of it. So it was about time for us to join the yelling contest, I guess.
If we're going to talk about princesses, the logical place to go is to the Global Mogul Conglomerate that has led the trend and, in many ways, defined it: Disney. They have, undeniably, redefined the fairytale and have turned the term "princess" into a best selling Licensed Entertainment Character Merchandise.

The thing is, even though princesses have been part of the fairy tale canon for a very long time, they didn't become the central figure until Walt Disney placed them there.
In the tales that the Grimm Brothers…