Friday, December 28, 2012

Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

This year, Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 10th. As a result, most of the corresponding guilds won’t have announced their picks by then, so I’m making predictions in advance without being able to take those into consideration. I’ll be offering detailed predictions in most of the major categories, saving some of the biggest categories for last.

Last year’s nominees: Anonymous, The Artist, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E.

This year’s locks: Anna Karenina, Les Miserables

Very likely: Lincoln

Possible: Argo, The Hobbit, Hitchcock, Hyde Park on Hudson, Cloud Atlas, Snow White and the Huntsman

Unlikely: Moonrise Kingdom, Django Unchained, Mirror Mirror

The rundown: This award went to the Best Picture winner, “The Artist,” last year, an unusual occurrence given the fact that a film nominated only for technical awards had won the previous six years. Past successes of regal films like “Marie Antoinette” and “The Duchess” set Anna Karenina up well, and Les Miserables is sure to be here too. Best Picture rivals Lincoln and Argo will likely be here, and The Hobbit might be too following in the footsteps of the first and third installments of the related “Lord of the Rings” franchise. Period films Hitchcock and Hyde Park on Hudson could show up, as could genre pieces Cloud Atlas and Snow White and the Huntsman. I would be excited to see Moonrise Kingdom, but that may be asking for too much.

One possible crazy scenario: The uniforms worn by The Avengers are honored.

Forecasted winner: It might be “Les Miserables,” but for now, I’m lining up behind Anna Karenina.

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