Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Slumdog Costume-aire

Let it be known that Suttirat Anne Larlab won the Costume Design Guild's prize for Excellence in Costume Design (Contemporary) and beat the follow contenders:

Iron Man (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen)
Mamma Mia! (Ann Roth)
Sex and the City: The Movie (Patricia Field)
The Wrestler (Amy Westcott)

While I can understand Iron Man and The Wrestler being passed over somewhat (although the latter was definitely superior to Slumdog - that green jacket!) I actually do continue to find it bizarre that a movie like Slumdog Millionaire, as loved as it is, could be seen as having better costume design as Sex and the City: The Movie or Mamma Mia! Yes, the latter is hated by many but at least the costumes were fun and fit the movie to a tee and I've already spoken of the former.

And then you have to realise that they didn't even bother to nominate Jacqueline Durran's character-defining work on Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Sonia Grande's bright and summery details for Vicky Cristina Barcelona or, yes, Mona May's funny House Bunny work. Hell, what about Catherine Marie Thomas and her duds for 27 Dresses especially since the costumes were such an integral part of the film. And, technically, I don't even see how The Dark Knight classifies as "fantasy" (a category that it won) when it's clearly a contemporary costume piece. Apart from the Batsuit itself what is there that is fantastical about it? The outfit that The Joker wears is hardly that far removed from general modern day fashion.

Thankfully the contemporary television category went to Ugly Betty. Ya know, a contemporary piece that actually has a costume designer that plays a major part to the film's success. Unlike Larlarb who I can't imagine really had much input outside of "you look really good in yellow!"

In the period category The Duchess won, which is fine and all, but seems like a waste if the Academy also give it the prize since they've awarded that movie for two years in a row under different names (Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Marie Antoinette) so it would be nice to see Jacqueline West (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) or Catherine Martin (Australia) take home the Oscar for a little something different. I hardly think Albert Wolsky (Revolutionary Road) and Danny Glicker (Milk) have much chance to take home the statue so they should be happy with their nominations.

Basically it was all one big fuck up from the get go.

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