Feinberg Forecast: Costume Design
THR's awards analyst Scott Feinberg ranks the costume contenders with the greatest Oscar potential.
1. Jane Eyre, Michael O'Connor
O'Connor, who scored his first nomination -- and win -- for The Duchess (2008), returns with another period costume drama set in the early 19th century. The central character is less well off, so her outfits aren't as flashy, but, from her everyday attire to her wedding dress, they are no less memorable.
2. The Artist, Mark Bridges
This might be the year that the perennially Oscar-snubbed Bridges -- who has been responsible for so many notable films, including virtually all of Paul Thomas Anderson's -- finally gets his due. He employs two aesthetic extremes in the film: the height of 1920s fashion and soup-line attire.
3. Hugo, Sandy Powell
Powell is a nine-time nominee who has won three Oscars, all for period-piece dramas like this one. The outfits worn by the film's central protagonists -- kids -- are not particularly glamorous, but are highly effective at transporting you back to 1931 Paris.
4. W.E., Arianne Phillips
The film has plenty of shortcomings, but its costumes are not one of them. Phillips, who was nominated for Walk the Line (2005), is responsible for both the stunning dresses worn during the film's 1930s segments and the chic modern outfits that appear in the present-day bits.
5. The Help, Sharen Davis
Davis seems to have a forte for dressing films set largely among African-Americans in the 1960s -- she scored nods for Ray (2004) and Dreamgirls (2006) before tackling this one, which authentically re-creates an era that many Academy members will remember.
6. Midnight in Paris, Sonia Grande
Grande collaborated with Woody Allen once before on Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) but has mainly worked abroad and has never before been nominated. On this film, she was tasked with creating an Academy-pleasing range -- dressing both snobbish Americans in 21st-century Paris and flashback sequences that span eras from the Belle Epoque to the Jazz Age '20s.
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jacqueline Durran
Though Durran is best-known for the dress-centric period costume dramas Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007), both of which garnered her Oscar noms, she shifted her focus for this film to male attire, churning out sleek, perfectly tailored three-piece suits, raincoats and swimwear.
8. War Horse, Joanna Johnston
Johnston has collaborated with Spielberg on five films -- including Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Munich (2005) -- over 22 years, but has yet to receive any love from the Academy. For this film, she produced 800 uniforms in just seven weeks, all of which had to be different because there weren't set uniforms during much of World War I.
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville
If there's one thing that protagonist Lisbeth Salander refuses to do, it's fit in, and one of the ways in which this is achieved is through her taste in clothing, which tends toward dark-colored leather jackets, hoodies and jeans. The character already has become enough of a feminist hero to lead Summerville and H&M to partner on a Salander-inspired clothing line.
10. J. Edgar, Deborah Hopper
Though costumes are not at the forefront of this particular biopic, they subtly help to illustrate the evolution -- or arguably, devolution -- of the principal characters. In the role of Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio goes through 80 costume changes. As the decades pass and he grows older, his style remains largely the same, but the way he wears clothing changes immensely.
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