Oscars 2015: Costume design nominations favor the fantastical

The 2015 Academy Award nominees in the costume design category are heavy on the fantastical fashion -- and the familiar faces -- with all but one film on the list also up for a Costume Designers Guild award.

Costume designer Milena Canonero, nominated for Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (which tied “Birdman” with nine nominations each),  is a three-time Oscar winner, having taken home the trophy for her work on “Barry Lyndon” (in 1976, shared with Ulla-Britt Söderlund), "Chariots of Fire” (in 1982) and “Marie Antoinette” (in 2007). 

“Inherent Vice” earned Mark Bridges his second Academy Award nomination. He won in 2012 for “The Artist.” He and Canonero will also be facing off in the period film category at the Costume Designers Guild Awards; honors are set to be handed out five days before the Oscars.

Colleen Atwood, nominated for Disney’s fairy tale musical “Into the Woods,” is another three-time Oscar winner, having won in 2003 for “Chicago,” in 2006 for “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and in 2011 for “Alice in Wonderland.”


Another Disney movie, “Maleficent,” earned costume designers Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive a costume design nomination. Sheppard has been nominated for an Oscar twice before (for her work on “Schindler’s List” and “The Pianist”) and this is Clive’s first nomination. Both fairy tale flicks have also been nominated for the CDG award in the excellence in fantasy film category.

Rounding out the nominees is Jacqueline Durran, who took home Oscar gold in 2013 for her work on the period film “Anna Karenina"; she was nominated for the period picture “Mr. Turner." 

While our compatriots over in the Calendar section have a complete list of the 2015 Academy Award nominations, it’s worth noting here that “Grand Budapest” was also nominated in the makeup and hairstyling category, where it is competing against “Foxcatcher” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The Oscars are scheduled to be televised live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 22.   


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