Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

This year, Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 8th. I’ll be offering detailed predictions in all categories.

Last year’s nominees: Emma, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Mank, Mulan, Pinocchio

My choices: Coming soon!

This year’s locks: West Side Story, Cruella

Very likely: Dune

Possible: Nightmare Alley, House of Gucci, Cyrano, The French Dispatch, Spencer, The Power of the Dog

Unlikely: Last Night in Soho

The rundown: Like the ADG, the Costume Designers Guild has three categories – period, sci-fi/fantasy, and contemporary. I could see the entire period lineup transferring here: Cruella, Cyrano, House of Gucci, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story, though some are vulnerable since only one is a guaranteed best picture contender. From sci-fi/fantasy, expect only Dune, which should be safe here, but I could see missing if they went for other options. In contemporary, I’d love to see In the Heights and I know people would go nuts for Zola, but don’t count on that to happen. I’d watch out instead for The French Dispatch, Spencer, and The Power of the Dog. It would be great to get Last Night in Soho here (read my interview with costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux), but it doesn’t look like that film will get any traction. There are so many more films that could also show up here, especially after something like “Pinocchio” cracked the category last year.

For your consideration: The makeup and performances from The Eyes of Tammy Faye weren’t its only noteworthy elements, and it would be nice to see it show up here.

Forecasted winner: It will probably be Cruella.

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