Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

This year, Oscar nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 15th. 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: American Hustle, The Grandmaster, The Great Gatsby, The Invisible Woman, 12 Years a Slave

This year’s locks: Into the Woods

Very likely: Belle, The Imitation Game

Possible: Fury, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Mr. Turner, Noah, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Unlikely: Maleficent

The rundown: This category tends to reward a good mix of Best Picture nominees and films not nominated in any other race. This year, that would be Belle for sure, and maybe Exodus: Gods and Kings and Noah, which could also be rewarded elsewhere. Into the Woods is the only real sure thing, though I think The Imitation Game has a solid shot. This is hardly my area of expertise, so most of this is guesswork in a film without too many regal or period pieces.

One possible crazy scenario: Guardians of the Galaxy earns some fun recognition.

Forecasted winner: My money is on Into the Woods.

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