Babylon, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Elvis and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery have all gotten on the BAFTA longlist and received nominations from the Costume Designers Guild (CDG) and Critics’ Choice.
While the first three, being period or fantasy designs, seem likely to get in, the contemporary designs of Glass Onion might prove to be more difficult as the costume design branch tends to veer away from contemporary films, the only real example in more than a decade of nominations being 2016’s La La Land, swept up as a part of its record-setting 14 nominations. But the real surprise this season has been the absolute blanking of the two most-nominated, winningest and most name-checked living designers working today: Colleen Atwood (12 nominations, 4 wins) and Sandy Powell (15 nominations, 3 wins). For Atwood, her work on the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has missed everything. While she won for the first in the Harry Potter prequel series, 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she also missed for the first sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, so maybe her name-checking days are over. It might be odder than Powell has missed everything for Living, with Best Actor contender Bill Nighy. A double nominee at BAFTA, CDG and the Oscars three times – for 1999’s Shakespeare in Love and Velvet Goldmine, 2015’s Carol and Cinderella and 2018’s The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns – and the low threshold for a nomination, she’ seems like’s normally an easy prediction. But is she this year?
One thing is for sure; it’s a branch that loves movies about the art of design itself. Whether it’s Coco Before Chanel or The Devil Wears Prada or last year’s winner, Cruella, it’s a bit of a safe bet. This season’s Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, designed no less than by 11-time nominee and three-time winner Jenny Beaven (Cruella) has what it takes to make the cut.
The smallest branch of the Academy with its own category at just 169 members (down two from last year), a Costume Design nomination can be secured with just 29 votes.
Oscar nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 24. Here are my final 2023 Oscar nomination predictions for Costume Design.
|1. Elvis (Warner Bros) – BAFTA, CDG, CCA|
|2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Walt Disney/Marvel Studios) – BAFTA longlist, CDG, CCA|
|3. Babylon (Paramount Pictures) – BAFTA, CDG, CCA|
|4. Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (Focus Features) – BAFTA, CDG|
|5. The Woman King (Sony/TriStar) – CDG, CCA|
|6. All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix) – BAFTA|
|7. Corsage (IFC Films)|
|8. Amsterdam (20th Century Studios) – BAFTA|
|9. Living (Sony Pictures Classics)|
|10. Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24) – CDG, CCA|