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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)



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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.

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  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.

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