Everyone wants to know who will win the Oscar for Best Actor, Best Movie, Best Director and so on, but if you ask me, the costumes are the basis for everything. The costumes help to define the character and in turn, play a direct part in the way the role is played. The best costumes will show you whether the character is rich or poor, when the movie takes place, the occupations of the character, their mental state and so on. When the actor puts on his or her costume, they are transformed. Without them, a movie would be meaningless.
When you watch the Academy Awards, don’t get up to get a snack when the announce the Oscar for best costume design, but rather applaud them for the hard work, research and talent that goes into this very vital part of movie making. Now that I have you thinking about it, I bet you can think of dozens of movies that had amazing costumes.
My picks for The Best Movie Costumes of All Time:
- Marylin Monroe’s white dress in Seven Year Itch
- Holly Golightly’s black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Everything in Marie Antoinett and Elizabeth
- All of Scarlet O’Hara’s dresses in Gone with the Wind
- The 50s costumes from Grease
Winners of the Academy Award for Best Costume Design from this century:
- 2011 – Colleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland
- 2010 – Sandy Powell for The Young Victoria
- 2009- Michael O’Connor for The Duchess
- 2008- Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
- 2007- Milena Canonero for Marie Antoinette
- 2006 – Colleen Atwood for Memoirs of a Geisha
- 2005- Sandy Powell for The Aviator
- 2004- Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- 2003- Colleen Atwood for Chicago
- 2002- Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie for Moulin Rouge!
- 2001- Janty Yates for Gladiator
- 2000- Lindy Hemming for Topsy-Turvy
Of this year’s nominees, I’m betting on The Artist to win because I just love those Roaring 20s costumes. As far as picking an overall best picture winner, well that is just too close to call. We’ll just have to wait and see.