Precursor: 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards (2016)

A night of surprises saw the most intricate costumes lose out to commonplace ones with few of the frontrunners (and only one of the Oscar nominees) winning awards. In the period design category, Oscar nominees Florence Foster Jenkins and Jackie lost out to non-nominee Hidden Figures. In the fantasy category, non-nominee Doctor Strange beat out nominee Fantastic Beasts. The one place that wasn’t the case was in contemporary where La La Land triumphed as expected. Does this mean La La Land is going to take the award at the Oscars or does it mean the Academy members saw something different than the guild voters did? The membership in CDG is larger than the Academy membership and when competition is spread out across categories, it’s possible they see something or someone different than Oscar voters. This is also voted on by CDG members only, the Academy Awards are voted on by the entire membership, which includes non-costume designers putting in input. Since Oscar ballots were due last night, before the winners were announced, the unpredictable nature of the winners won’t have an impact on voting.

The Awards

Best Period Costume Design

The Dressmaker (Peter)
Florence Foster Jenkins (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)
Hail, Caesar!
Hidden Figures
Jackie (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)

Best Fantasy Costume Design

Doctor Strange (RU:Peter)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)
Kubo and the Two Strings
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)
Rogue One (RU:Tripp)

Best Contemporary Costume Design

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Captain Fantastic (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)
Lion (RU:Peter)
Nocturnal Animals

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (19)

This Day in Oscar History: February 22 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Ceremonies

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Trailer Watch: Ghost in the Shell (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Ghost in the Shell, updated

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 13

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I’m going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

It’s almost over. Other than the Costume Designers Guild tonight, there is only one precursor left (The Spirit Awards), one non-precursor left (the Razzies), and the Oscars themselves. All other precursors have been announced and we’ll so find out who the ultimate winners and losers are.

But, before we get into this week’s winners and losers, let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

Week 14

Saturday, February 25 – Spirit Awards (Official)
Saturday, February 25 – Razzie Awards (Official)
Sunday, February 25 – The Oscars

Big Winners

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The DVD Report #504

Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is the French-Canadian director’s fourth film to factor into the Oscar race, but the first for which he himself is nominated for Best Director.

Villeneuve’s first flirtation with Oscar came with the nomination of 2010’s Incendies, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, which was about adult French-Canadian twins, one male, one female, who travel to the Middle East after the death of their mother in search of their father. It lost to Denmark’s In a Better World.

His second flirtation with Oscar was with 2013’s Prisoners in which he directed Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in the edge-of-your-seat thriller about two kidnapped girls. It earned Roger Deakins the 11th of his stil- Oscarless 13 nominations for Cinematography. Deakins would earn his 13th for Villeneuve’s 2015 thriller, Sicario, which also received Oscar nods for Editing and Scoring. The performances of Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro as FBI border agents were well-awarded as well, but not by Oscar. Villeneuve and writer Taylor Sheridan were also under consideration elsewhere, but not by Oscar. They are both nominated this year, Sheridan for his screenplay for Best Picture nominee Hell or High Water. Joe Walker, who earned his first Oscar nod for editing Sicario, is also nominated for editing Arrival.

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89th Oscars: Can “La La Land” Tie or Break a Record?

When La La Land pulled off a surprising record-tying 14-nomination haul at the Oscars (it ties with All About Eve and Titanic for most nominations ever), the next question that popped up was whether it could possibly top or tie the current crown holders for most wins: Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which each have 11 awards (Return of the King is the only one of these films to sweep all of its categories).

For it to pull off that feat, it has to perform incredibly well in at least 11 of its 13 categories (it cannot win 14 as it has two tracks nominated for Best Original Song). To that end, here is the category breakdown as I currently see it.

Safe Bet (6):
Picture, Director, Original Score, Original Song, Film Editing, Sound Mixing

Likely (3):
Actress, Cinematography, Production Design

Potential (1):
Original Screenplay

Tipping Point (3):
Actor, Costume Design, Sound Editing

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The Rundown 2016: Sound Mixing / Sound Editing / Makeup

For our fifteenth Rundown article, two aural categories and a category with a new face every year. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Best Makeup & Hairstyling as well as general commentary about the race. Wednesday, we approach the end with two categories that create the perfect endings.
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89th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Documentary Short Subject

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This Day in Oscar History: February 21 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


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Oscar Nominations

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Poll: Now That You’ve Seen “A Cure for Wellness”

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Film Preview: The Girl with All the Gifts (2017)

Page Revisions:

(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / C / D+

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Review: (#1) Although the off-white background is excessive, the green-yellow coloration blends perfectly with the chosen image at the base. It could have been more interesting, though. (#2) A staid image with a looming figure, this poster will draw some viewers to the cinema based on its gory simplicity, but it’s far from a compelling design. (#3) A hazier version of the second design, with a swapped-out image at the top is not an improvement. (#4) This design is far too segmented, a bisected waste with a dull white background and a lack of compelling details.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: The premise itself is what sells the film. The trailer doesn’t do a great job constructing a narrative, but it present the audience with all the information it will need to process the potential of the film.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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The Morning After: Feb. 20, 2017

Welcome to The Morning After, where I share with you what movies I’ve seen over the past week. Below, you will find short reviews of those movies along with a star rating. Full length reviews may come at a later date.

So, here is what I watched this past week:

Ghost in the Shell


One of the things I dislike most about anime is the animation style isn’t always realistic and oftentimes, it looks a bit too rushed. Ghost in the Shell has both of these qualities in abundance.

The story about a futuristic world where cybernetics has improved to the point where consciousness can be subsumed and sublimated by technology. Where a person’s mind can be re-written and re-programmed. This is a world born out of ideas by Philip K. Dick. While considerably less bleak than Dick’s material, the film attempts some very weighty concepts, which succeed as often as they fail.

The vocal work, even discounting the translation-based out-of-sync lip movements, is less than impressive. Mimi Woods as Motoko Kusanagi is the only one who escapes those problems. The animation is solid in places, amateur in others, and the story feels like it abruptly ends. There are some compelling scenes that work visually in spite of all this, making it a passbly stylish production.

2016 Precursor Predictions: Costume Designers Guild

Tuesday night, the final guild precursor announces with the Costume Designers Guild recognizing the best in three categories. (NOTE: Updated 8:05pm to add Tripp’s predictions and commentary)

COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS

Best Period Costume Design

The Dressmaker (Peter)
Florence Foster Jenkins (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)
Hail, Caesar!
Hidden Figures
Jackie (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: Period styles and lots of them. That’s what costume designers love. The fact that their is a separate period design category should attest to that. However, that doesn’t mean that all periods are equal. The periods with the most flourish do well. That’s why I give the lead to Florence Foster Jenkins, a film filled to the brim with bold and vivid costumes, which is more than the rest of these nominees have. The only thing that could stop them is the iconic outfits recreated for Jackie.
Peter J. Patrick: I can’t see how costume designers could vote against one of their own, the title character of The Dressmaker, but either Florence Foster Jenkins or Jackie could just as easily prevail.
Tripp Burton: The presidential gowns of Jackie have done well in the precursors this year, but the more ornate Florence Foster Jenkins could get some votes too. Both are Oscar nominees and are the most likely winners here.
Thomas LaTourette: This will probably be a battle between the two Oscar nominees, Jackie and Florence Foster Jenkins. Jackie has a couple precursor wins which Florence does not, but I could imagine the wild outfits Florence wore onstage taking the award.

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The Rundown 2016: Visual Effects

For our fourteenth Rundown article, we take a peek behind the scenes of the green screen. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Visual Effects as well as general commentary about the race. Tuesday, we’ll cover two categories with a connection and a third that deals with a face-off. (NOTE: Post updated at 8:02pm to add Tripp’s predictions and commentary.
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89th Oscars: The Polls – Best Visual Effects

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

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