2013 Oscar Predictions: Guessing at First Predictions for Costume Design

2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Costumes
Photo: The Weinstein Co. / Focus Features

How do you predict a category with no guidance? The Costume Designers Guild won't announce their nominees until the second half of January, at which point the Oscar nominations will already be out there. Therefore, we're flying blind and I am going with what I perceive to be the strictly obvious choices, though I'm having a hard time figuring out what "fantasy" film I want to include if any.

I don't think The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises will get in, but one of the two Snow White films could with Mirror Mirror seeming the more likely given Tarsem Singh's stunning visuals.

At the top it feels like an easy choice to go with two-time Oscar nominee Jacqueline Durran (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) who is working with Joe Wright once again, this time on Anna Karenina. Other period pieces in Lincoln and Les Miserables seem like equally smart decisions, but neither Joanna Johnston nor Paco Delgado have been nominated in the past and I haven't done enough research to know the history behind first-time nominees in this category.

Sharen Davis (Ray, Dreamgirls) has been nominated twice before and her work on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is both strong and striking, particularly Django's (Jamie Foxx) choice in costume on his and Dr. King Schultz's (Christoph Waltz) out to Big Daddy's (Don Johnson) plantation.

Then my wild card in fifth is another name that's never been nominated, Kasia Walicka-Maimone. I get this feeling that on top of sliding into Best Picture, Moonrise Kingdom is going to continue to be recognized in below-the-line categories, such as here in Costumes and again in Production Design.

Below are my current predictions in this category and you can click here for my full field. Comments are welcomed and encouraged as I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Best Costumes

  1. Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)
  2. Lincoln (Joanna Johnston)
  3. Les Miserables (Paco Delgado)
  4. Django Unchained (Sharen Davis)
  5. Moonrise Kingdom (Kasia Walicka-Maimone)
  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheBioscopist/ TheBioscopist

    How about McConaughey for designing his own ass-less chaps, in magic mike?

  • ThePrinceIsOnFire

    I agree with this field! The only one missing, but mentioned, is "Mirror Mirror" . i think it has good chances to win as Eiko Ishioka just died this year, and this is her last masterpiece; moreover she already won one oscar for Bram Stoker's Dracula.. so I think she is actually a very safe bet! Anna karenina may take the final prize, the costumes were AMAZING.

  • rogerio Silvestre

    Moonrise Kingdom?? serious?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Is that a serious question or did you not read the post? Otherwise I'm going to need more than three words if we're going to have a conversation.

      • bill

        fantastic costumes in moonrise, great call

  • Kyle

    what about The Master? I know that that one would be stronger in the production design category but, the period look was so perfect in it! PTA talked a lot about he wanted the audience to "time travel" and I think the costumes and production design REALLy helped that. It just all looked so authentic.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I agree on the Top 4 (yet again), but I just don't see Moonrise maintaining enough buzz for Costume or Picture. That said, I don't see my current pick of The Master getting in. I don't know who I'm going to go with for that final spot

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    I'm liking your picks here, Brad, and I agree, Moonrise Kingdom will probably find its way into a couple below-the-line categories. What are you thinking right now for its total nominations? Right now, I'm going with 4 total nominations, including:

    Best Picture
    Best Original Screenplay
    Best Production Design
    Best Costume Design

    I think Best Original Screenplay is easily the shakiest among those 4 predicted nominations, but I'm still holding out hope that it eeks its way in and gets recognized. Wes Anderson's script is excellent!

  • Stiggy

    I'd argue that Hobbit's a contender because of it's medieval setting.