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Oscar/CDG Noms!

Oscar nominations are out!

Costume Design

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Tempest” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit” Mary Zophres

Hmm.  HMM!  The only one I’ve even seen was “True Grit,” and yes the costumes were very well done.  Guess I need to get busy — at least I need to see “The King’s Speech”!  It’s not an obvious year — there’s no “Marie Antoinette” to knock everyone out of the park with over-the-top historical costumes.  It’s kind of interesting that this year, a less showy film could win!  I’m guessing “Alice” will be the obvious choice — Colleen Atwood is great — but I kind of hope something less flashy (eg “True Grit”) wins it.  This is all hypothetical, of course, because I’ve only seen one of the five!

Costume Designers Guild Nominations

These are often more interesting, just because there are various categories within costume.  Plus it’s coming from the actual costume designers themselves!

Excellence in Contemporary Film:

  • “Black Swan” – Amy Westcott
  • “Burlesque” – Michael Kaplan
  • “Inception” – Jeffrey Kurland
  • “The Social Network” – Jacqueline West
  • “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” – Ellen Mirojnick

Just saw “Black Swan” the other night, and based on the overall design of the film, I hope that wins!  Of course, I haven’t seen all of these…

Excellence in Period Film:

  • “The Fighter” – Mark Bridges
  • “The King’s Speech” – Jenny Beavan
  • “True Grit” –Mary Zophres

I’m going to say “True Grit” FTW!

Excellence in Fantasy Film:

  • “Alice in Wonderland” – Colleen Atwood
  • “The Tempest” – Sandy Powell
  • “TRON: Legacy” – Michael Wilkinson and Christine Bieselin Clark

Haven’t seen any.

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • “The Pacific” – Penny Rose
  • “Temple Grandin” – Cindy Evans
  • “You Don’t Know Jack” – Rita Ryack

Ditto – nada, although “Temple Grandin” is totally on my list of need-to-watch-soon.

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:

  • “Big Love” – Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko
  • “Dancing with the Stars” – Randall Christensen, Daniella Gschwendtner, Steven Norman Lee
  • “Glee” – Lou Eyrich
  • “Modern Family” – Alix Friedberg
  • “Treme” – Alonzo Wilson

No opinion, other than to say “Dancing with the Stars” – ha!

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:

  • “Boardwalk Empire” – John A. Dunn, Lisa Padovani
  • “Mad Men” – Janie Bryant
  • “The Tudors” – Joan Bergin

Oh please let it be “The Tudors”!  But seriously, either “Mad Men” or “Boardwalk Empire” — both are fab.

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:

  • “Chanel – Bleu de Chanel” – Aude Bronson-Howard
  • “Dior – Charlize Theron – J’Adore” – Lisa Michelle Boyd
  • “Dos Equis – The Most Interesting Man in the World” – Julie Vogel
  • “Netflix – Western” – Lydia Paddon
  • “Target – Preparing for Race/Black Friday” – Michelle Martini

I know nothing!

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Annual Oscar Fashion Roundup!

Best dressed:  Sandra Bullock, hands down.  WOW.  That dress was elegant and beautiful and simple and luxurious and and and… mostly it was elegant.  Loved the hair.  We watched a couple different pre-shows and on one show her lipstick was red and looked fabulous, on another it looked more fuschia and less so.

The rest:

Sarah Jessica Parker — if I put my 1960s hat on, fabulous.  From a modern perspective, maybe not so much?  Beautiful fabric, beautiful trim, beautiful hair… but yes, it’s all VERY 1960s, and I think that will freak some people out.  Too much black eyemakeup — she already has small eyes, and I think it just makes them look smaller.

Penelope Cruz — beautiful color, eh on the cut/style of the dress.  I don’t love the lopsidedness of it all, plus I never feel like dresses should stick up and out above your bust (ie not fitted to the body) — just looks like a weird shelf of doom.

Maggie Gyllenhaal — meh.  Nice cut and fit, don’t love the loud print.

Helen Mirren — lovely.  She always looks gorgeous and age-appropriate, but in a dress that would look great on a 20-year-old.

Demi Moore — matching you dress to your skintone is not such a great idea.  It could have been very pretty if it (or she) were a different color!

Charlize Theron — always bores me, this time she hurt me.  I actually think that the dress would have been gorgeous if it hadn’t been gathered over her boobs and had instead been a solid, fitted band across the bust.  I loved the fabric, cut, fit, and how the lighter color merged into the train.  But the flower boobs — NYET.

Gabourey Sidibe — I love this woman.  She absolutely rocks, and I adore her for being plus sized and unashamed.  That being said, I think I would have loved her dress better if it either did not have the bling, OR was not gathered (ie smooth fabric with bling, or gathered fabric without bling).  But really, she can do no wrong in my book!

Cameron Diaz — looked great, and I can’t fault anything, except that she sort of blended in with everyone else.

Meryl Streep — we know, we know, you’re an intellectual and an ARTIST and above all this.  I really really really want to see her make an effort someday, because the woman is GORGEOUS.

Mo’Nique — beautiful color, didn’t like the wide bands on the shoulders.  I think narrower straps, or some kind of sleeve would have been more flattering.

Kate Winslet — gorgeous color, interesting cut, beautiful fit, lovely fabric… but it didn’t come together right.  I think I’m disappointed to see her in such a neutral color, esp. after last year’s gunmetal dress.  Get shiny, Kate!

Kristen Stewart — is hilarious.  The dress was actually perfect for her — beautiful, Oscar-worthy, but the black kept it sort of alterna/punk as she likes to project herself.  I would have preferred some earrings or a necklace.  But she NEEDS to stop slumping like a cranky 13 year old.  Nobody’s making you go into this business!  I know you’re far too cool for it all, but it just looks stupid!

JLo and Amanda Seyfried had beautiful, lovely dresses and would have been 1000% fabulous if they weren’t wearing dresses made of pork rinds.

Carey Mulligan — I had to think a bit before I decided whether I loved the beading on her dress (which in the end I gave the thumbs-up to), but I LOVED the dress once I saw the shorter hem length in front.  And it was all such a great contrast to her short hair!

Miley Cyrus — wasn’t there someone last year who wore a cheap Victoria’s Secret bustier without an actual dress bodice over it?  COME ON, PEOPLE.  At least be original in your fug!

Vera Farmiga — Beautiful color, but just too much.

Queen Latifah — gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.  Cut, color, fit, bling, fabric, everything.  I love her!

Zoe Saldana — art school gone wrong.  It was about 3 different dresses that did NOT go together, and none of them were any good on their own, anyway.

Anna Kendrick — pretty and age appropriate.

Mariah Carey – ugh.  I guess it’s not HORRIBLE, but I just can’t think of anything to say.  Maybe “meh”?

Diane Kruger — I can see where they were trying to go.  The colors and fabric were both interesting, but they needed to be combined in some different way.

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Award Nominees Time!

Oscar nominations were announced today.  The costume design nominees are:

  • Bright Star
  • Coco Before Chanel
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Nine
  • The Young Victoria

My thoughts:  aieeee, a embarrassment of riches!  Bright Star really did have amazing costumes — not your standard “hey we rented some muslin dresses for this!”  Granted, the main character designed and made her own clothing (and clothing/sewing play a beautiful role in the movie), so there’s a reason why.  Coco Before Chanel — another good contender.  Less flashy than some other options, because of course Chanel herself was all about the pared down look.  Costume was also used to great effect in this film, again because Chanel herself was a designer.  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus — hard to vote either way.  The costumes were perfect for the film (which I highly recommend), but they didn’t excite me as much as Bright Star, Coco, or The Young VictoriaNine — haven’t seen it, getting lukewarm reviews, will put that one off, so I can’t comment; costumes are by Colleen Atwood, which is promising. The Young Victoria — definitely the flashiest and most “Costume Movie” of all of them.  I was excited to see someone make 1830s really well, using lots of bright colors and interesting fabrics.  In the past, I always heard costumers say, “1830s! Yuck!”  Now all I hear is, “The Young Victoria had gorgeous costumes!”  And it’s Sandy Powell – what’s not to like?

Also, the nominees are out for the Costume Designers Guild awards.  It’s a long list, here are the period/fantasy categories:

Period Film:

  • Coco Before Chanel
  • Julie & Julia
  • Nine
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Young Victoria

Fantasy film:

  • Avatar
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Star Trek

Period/fantasy TV series:

  • Mad Men
  • True Blood
  • The Tudors

You can read the full list of nominees on their site.

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Ye Olde Annual Oscar Fashion Roundup!

(Thanks to Kate for the reminder – agh! Busy lately! Been sewing tho, news on that soon). Oscars happened! I watched! I thought the show was way improved this year, even if some of the song & dance numbers were a bit hokey. I loved how intimate the seating was, the set decor (esp. the changes), and the various support/lead actors/actresses coming out and presenting the awards — so even those who didn’t win got the thrill of having their talents highlighted. Side note: whoever that female presenter is at E just completely freaks me out. Please make her go away! And loved that Tim Gunn was one of the preshow presenters — there should have been more of him. And yay! to The Duchess winning for Best Costume (altho that was such a lock).

So what did I love?

Anne Hathaway‘s hair was gorgeous. Loved the dress — the pailettes were stunning, altho until I realized what they were I was wishing the dress had a bigger skirt. But yeah, with the pailettes that would have been overwhelming. I also love her combination of pale skin/dress with dark hair, and she has the perfect lipstick — contrast without being garish.

Evan Rachel Wood — loved the dress – the structural quality and the pleating were just so well done, and went well with the pale color (all that busy-ness with a brighter color could have been bad). I love that she toned down her makeup from that very hard look she wore at the Golden Globes (wait – I had her confused with Anna Paquin! Never mind!). The hair, on the other hand, wasn’t great — the bangs seemed very like what a high school student who hangs out at the mall a lot would do. Weird.

Freida Pinto – stunning color, especially on her. I liked the interesting asymmetrical straps, although I wasn’t 100% convinced about the one sleeve. One sleeve is a tough look to pull off… she did it about 99%.

Kate Winslet. You know I love her. Beautiful cut, interesting color (don’t know if it’s my FAVORITE color in the whole world but it was a great contrast to the colors everyone else is wearing). Love the fabric. Only 90% on the hair, but hey, she’s Kate Winslet, she gets a pass from me.

Marion Cotillard was one of my best dressed. Probably it’s that I’m all into 1960s hair right now and I loved hers, but also I thought the colors and line of the dress were stunning on her.

Marisa Tomei was my other best dressed. I know that you’re not all feeling the love, and I don’t get it. That dress is a WORK OF ART and is SO beautifully made. Can you IMAGINE what it was like to figure out that pleating? And stitch it so perfectly? Wow. I am just in awe.

Miley Cyrus – loved loved loved the dress, don’t know if it’s appropriate for her. Plus she gets on my nerves. She’s so ON and fake-y all the time and I can’t imagine why anyone would like her. And she scrunches up her face when she sings. But the dress? Love!

Penelope Cruz’s dress was vintage 1950s and it showed. The detail on the lace was just amazing. Wow.

Taraji P. Henson – beautiful. Love the color and line, and the deconstructed bits are really interesting without being overpowering. Beautiful on her.

Virgina Madsen – nice color, interesting neckline.

Meryl Streep, in my opinion, looked better than she usually does, so she’s going in this section, although she could easily have gone below… hard call. She never makes an effort, so I’ll take mildly ok and give her a pass.

What did I hate? Well, there wasn’t a lot to hate this year, so I’ll mix in also those I felt meh about.

Sarah Jessica Parker had a relatively nice dress and bad hair. Bad, bad hair. It’s not the 1970s. It’s really not.

Angelina Jolie looked great in her plain black dress (which fit her figure well, color looked good) and green jewelry. And was SO freakin’ unadventurous! Really? Black? That’s it? SO safe and boring.

Beyonce – wow, that’s a lot of look. Part of me gets what she was going for with the mermaid dress and the brocade fabric, but maybe pick ONE element and stick with it, not 40. I would love to see this woman given a style makeunder.

Sophia Loren. Okay, caveat: how cool would it be to be Sophia Loren? To just wear whatever crazy thing you want to because hey, you’re Sophia Loren! I actually was kind of in awe over how much of a thing-unto-herself she was. But I have to say that if you think wearing sheer/spangly sleeves will cover your arm flab, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t, especially when you wave. Not good. Otherwise, she gets a pass from me because hey, she lives in Crazytown!

Heidi Klum has great legs. And a nice sense of color. And a dress that doesn’t fit her AT ALL. I don’t care if it’s the haute-est couture ever. I don’t care if it’s 100% intentional. IT DOESN’T FIT.

Jessica Biel – meh. Nice color on her, like the duchesse satin. Not a big fan of the giant bow. The husband reports that he doesn’t like dresses that are giant blocks, and that don’t fit in the bodice.

Melissa George forgot to wear her dress over her Frederick’s of Hollywood bustier and petticoat. And trust me, you can do a lot better in foundation garments than that particular Joanns-plastic-boning bustier, girl.

What did you think?