I unveilled my five picks for Best Hair and Makeup this morning, but that's only half of what goes into defining the look of a character on film. Costume designers have to do a lot of heavy lifting (or sewing, as it were) on that front too.
Similarly to my opinion of the Best Supporting Actor field, I can't help but think it's been a bit of a weak year. Not to say that any of the five costume designers listed below don't deserve the praise coming their way, but I found that there weren't that many worthy contenders to pick from, which I think is reflected in my ballot's similarity to the Oscar slate (again, like in Best Supporting Actor). Consensus is boring for awards watchers, I know, but sometimes it's because the best options really are that obvious. I suppose I should look at the glass as being half full and rejoice that costume designers branch mostly got it right this year.
Some for it's worth, here are my (and many other people's) Best Costume Design nominees for 2014:
The Boxtrolls (Deborah Cook)
Laika's done a good job of highlighting Cook's contribution to their meticulous hand-crafted process. Such immaculate, microscopic detail!
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Milena Canonero)
Canonero gives every character a signature look that gels beautifully with the 'alternate history' aesthetic of the world they inhabit.
Inherent Vice (Mark Bridges)
Into the Woods (Colleen Atwood)
That ridiculous wolf outfit notwithstanding, Atwood's designs are, as usual, singular and inventive. Love the patterns and colour choices.
Maleficent (Anna B. Sheppard)
The Immigrant (Patricia Norris)
A Most Violent Year (Kasia Walicka-Maimone)
Mr. Turner (Jacqueline Durran)
Snowpiercer (Catherine George)
The Theory of Everything (Steven Noble)