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Feb 10 2019

14 days til Oscar - Costume Design Lists!

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With 14 days until Oscar we're thinking about Queen Sandy Powell,now with a towering 14 nominations for costume design via her double nod this year forMary Poppins ReturnsandThe Favourite.  We interviewed her in the year ofCarolandCinderella(2015),also a double nominated year.The only time she's ever won while double nominated was the first time...

When her work onShakespeare in Love(1998) beat her still jawdropping work inVelvet Goldmine.Oscar is such a sucker for the Elizabethan era.

Her 14 nominations chronologically

  1. Orlando (1992)
  2. The Wings of the Dove (1997)
  3. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
  4. Shakespeare in Love (1998) ★
  5. Gangs of New York (2002)
  6. The Aviator (2004) ★
  7. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
  8. The Young Victoria (2009) ★
  9. The Tempest (2010)
  10. Hugo (2011)
  11. Cinderella (2015)
  12. Carol (2015)
  13. The Favourite (2018)
  14. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Her 14 best,ranked

  1. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
  2. Far From Heaven (2002)- not Oscar nominated
  3. Orlando (1992)
  4. The Aviator (2004)
  5. Carol (2015)
  6. The Favourite (2018)
  7. The Wings of the Dove (1997)
  8. Cinderella (2015)
  9. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  10. Interview with the Vampire (1994)- not Oscar nominated
  11. Gangs of New York (2002)
  12. Rob Roy (1995)- not Oscar nominated
  13. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
  14. The End of the Affair (1999)- not Oscar nominated

Oscar's 14 All Time Favourite Costume Designers
Arrows indicate that they're still alive and working.Unless otherwise noted.

Oscar's most beloved costume designer Edith Head

  1. Edith Head (35 nominations / 8 wins)
  2. Charles Le Maire (16/3)
  3. Irene Sharaff (15/5)
  4. Sandy Powell (14/3)Nominated twice this year,58 years old
  5. Jean Louis (14/1)
  6. Colleen Atwood (12/4)
    Most recent nom/winFantastic Beasts,70 years old
  7. Dorothy Jeakins (12/3)
  8. Jenny Beavan (10/2)
    Most recent nom/winMad Max Fury Road,68 years old
  9. [tied for 8th] Helen Rose (10/2)
  10. Walter Plunkett (10/1)
  11. [tied for 10th] Bill Thomas (10/1)
  12. Milena Canonero (9/4)
    Most recent nom/winGrand Budapest Hotel,73 years old.Next up for Canonero: Wes Anderson'sThe French Dispatch
  13. Albert Wolsky (7/2)
    Most recent nomRevolutionary Road,88 years old.Next up for Wolsky: sci-fi dramaAd Astrawith Brad Pitt and the thrillerThe Woman in the Windowwith Amy Adams, both coming out this year.
  14. Anthony Powell (6/3)
    Most recent nom102 Dalmatians,- 83 years old.Retired since 2006,though,so he won't be moving up the chart unless someone woos him out of retirement.

Powell,Atwood,Beavan,and Canonero's records are particularly impressive when you realize that their deceased counterparts in Oscar glory had the advantage of two costume design categories (the category was created in 1948 and originally was two separate competitions whether the film was in black and white or in color. There were two chances to win and two to be nominated in until 1967 when we reached our now familiar 5 nominees only in costume design,no matter the kind of movie)

Patricia Norris with her lifetime achievement from the Costume Guild in 2007

Who is the Peter O'Toole / Deborah Kerr of this category?
The record for most nominations without a competitive win is Patricia Norris with 6.She died three years ago after a lengthy career that stretched fromSupport Your Local Gunfighter(1971)through12 Years a Slave(2013) for which we interviewed her.Just behind her was the Italian designer Piero Tosi with 5 nominations (who is still alive) but they gave him an Honorary four years ago.

The currently living/working designer with the most nominations without ever winning we think it's a multiple tie between several people with three-nominations including Ruth E Carter (Black Panther) and Mary Zophres (Ballad of Buster Scruggs) who are both in the mix this year.


If you haven't yetvoted on the Costume Design Oscar poll,please do that!  Sandy Powell has tough very worthy Oscar competition from Ruth E Carter forBlack Panther.Powell x 2 and Carter are the only Oscar transfers inour own film bitch awards in that category

The great Ruth E Carter

Next up for Ruth E Carter:The Netflix biopicDolemite is My Namefrom Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan,Hustle & Flow)starring Eddie Murphy as an actor in the 1970s who assumed an iconic pimp role named "Dolemite"

Next up for Sandy Powell:Martin Scorsese's Netflix historical epicThe Irishman(2019),currently in post-production.Her project after that,currently filming,the biopicThe Glorias: Life on the Road(2020) in which Lulu Wilson (age 13),Alicia Vikander (age 30) and Julianne Moore (age 58) will all play feminist icon Gloria Steinem.Which means her schedule frees up soon.What wonders await us next?

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Reader Comments (13)

Janet Patterson unfortunately died in 2016.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTony C.

I'm not confident in Carter winning this category.Powell's work on The Favourite shapes the tone of the movie alongside the performances and cinematography.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Tony --- ack.right you are.fixed

February 10,2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

"I already have two of these"doesn't need another win.Give the Oscar to Ruth E.Carter.

P.S.Justice for the never-nominated Reneé Ehrlich Kalfus (A Simple Favor,Hidden Figures,The Cider House Rules,What's Eating Gilbert Grape,etc.).

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

It's time Sandy got her 4th.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDg

Sandy Powell is not Edith Head.Four Oscars in 20 years is excessive when so many are unrewarded.亚博主页

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Give it to Ruth E.Carter.Her work inBlack Pantherjust raised the bar of what costume design could be for big-time superhero blockbuster films.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Though I really like Sandy Powell,no one,I mean NO ONE can touch the genius of Eiko Ishioka.Take a look at her work in:

Bram Stokers Dracula
The Cell
The Fall
Mirror Mirror

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

"Far From Heaven"was not nominated for costume design?That film is a true modern classic

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

so Sandy is not costuming the new Todd haynes that's currently shooting.I wonder who is?IMDB is not updated.Does anyone know?

February 10,2019 | Registered CommenterMurtada Elfadl

Such wonderful work.If it were up to me,Sandy would have Oscars for Orlando,亚博主页The Wings of the Dove,Velvet Goldmine,Carol,and The Favourite.

She,Canonero,and the glorious Ann Roth are my three favorites.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I want Ruth to win because I liked the history behind the costumes of Black Panther.So much African history that makes

I am not a Black Panther fan (and I think they only nominated him because TDK Trilogy and Logan didn't get there,and if they did,no superhero movie would achieve that in the future years),but if they win Costume I will be ok with that.

But if I had to vote,Sandy would win for The Favourite.My Favourite costumes of the year.

February 10,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSoshua

I watched "Orlando"obsessively as a youth,but I really want Carter to win this.

February 11,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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