AND THE WINNER IS…

 Phantom Threads (2017)

Phantom Threads (2017)

By: Grace M. Castro

Like to dress up much? Well here’s an occasion where you can do just that: the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday, March 4, 2018, on ABC will be honoring our favorite filmmakers, actors, and movies released in 2017.

 

The category we’re all here for is Costume Design and with much anticipation we have a favorite….BUT FIRST, HERE ARE THE COSTUME DESIGN NOMINEES:

 

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Costume Designer: Luis Sequeira

VICTORIA & ABDUL

Costume Designer: Consolata Boyle

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran

DARKEST HOUR

Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran

PHANTOM THREAD

Costume Designer: Mark Bridges

Yes, you guessed it, Phantom Thread is our favorite pick to win.

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock.  Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.  With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running.

Unlike the other nominated films, the clothes are a part of the story line, communicating Reynolds’, the main character, point of view. Clothes are used to show how he relates to his craft, life, and the way in which he chooses to interact with Alma, his new object of affection. We  love films that take us deep into the designer psyche and show the behind the scenes of the fashion industry.

More than 50 original wardrobe pieces were created in less than six months for the film, most of which were handmade including items embellished with authentic 17th century flemish lace.

  Alma (Vicky Krieps) visits Reynolds (Daniel Day-Lewis) in his workshop

Alma (Vicky Krieps) visits Reynolds (Daniel Day-Lewis) in his workshop

In addition to a nomination for Best Costume Design, Phantom Thread has been nominated for Best Picture (JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi), Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), and Best Original Score (Jonny Greenwood).

 

How do you like those chances?

 

We’ll be watching, but in the meantime, let us know your fav and why.

 

P.s. And in 2019, we’ll be placing bets that Black Panther has Costume Design in the bag.