2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

Costume can both be a really fun and a really by-the-numbers category, oftentimes opting for period piece extravagance, but sometimes looking toward the subtly beautiful yet equally as important design of other films.

This year, it seems like a very safe bet to include Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread because, well, it’s about fashion.

Beyond that, the other strongest contenders seem to be extravagance pieces in Beauty and the BeastThe Greatest Showman and Murder on the Orient Express. In each, the costumes pop on multiple characters.

A film where costume comes specifically into play in the plot, and where detail and style are key and specific, is I, Tonya. The film may not be the most obvious choice here, but it’s been picking up a lot of steam in the past month and could find a nomination here.

Beyond those five, there are a few that could replace them.

Another period piece could make it, but not for the extravagance. The Shape of Water‘s costumes are all rather character centric and extremely significant in that regard.

Darkest Hour  designer Jacqueline Durran, recently nominated for Mr. Turner and also nominated for Joe Wright’s Atonement, could easily be included. But Durran’s bigger bet comes with the previously mentioned Beauty and the Beast.

Finally, while the film may be completely forgotten elsewhere, The Beguiled should be included in the conversation here as the work is genuinely extraordinary.

The 5 
Mark Bridges — Phantom Thread
Jacqueline Durran — Beauty and the Beast
Ellen Mirojnick — The Greatest Showman
Alexandra Byrne, Timothy Everest — Murder on the Orient Express
Jennifer Johnson — I, Tonya

Could contend
Consolata Boyle — Victoria and Abdul
Luis Sequeira — The Shape of Water
Jacqueline Durran — Darkest Hour
Sandy Powell — Wonderstruck
Jeffrey Kurland — Dunkirk
Ann Roth — The Post
Stacey Battat — The Beguiled
Michael Kaplan — Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Featured image via Focus Features.

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