Best Costume Design – 1970

Official Nominations : Cromwell. Airport. Darling Lili. The Hawaiians. Scrooge.

Cromwell is a worthy winner, though on a personal note this era and style does little for me from any sort of aesthetic viewpoint. Airport gets a nod for the sheer scope and diversity on offer, Scrooge is much the same as Cromwell though a couple of centuries later. The Hawaiians and Darling Lili don’t really need to be here – both are fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

My Winner: Cromwell

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My Nominations: Cromwell. Tora Tora Tora. MASH. Brewster McCloud. Catch-22. The Conformist.

If I add one war movie, then I have to add them all – my three picks here all being of a similar quality. The Conformist gets another nomination, because of course it does, while Brewster McCloud is hilarious. It deserves a nomination for those wings alone. Well, that’s about the only ‘costume’ costume in the whole things, but anyway….

My Winner: Cromwell

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Best Costume Design – 1969

Official Nominations: Anne Of The Thousand Days. Hello Dolly. Gaily Gaily. Sweet Charity. They Shoot Horses Don’t They.

Costumes. What can you say? They all look swell.

My Winner: Sweet Charity

My Nominations: Anne Of The Thousand Days. Hello Dolly. Sweet Charity. The Damned.

Not a lot more I can do with this one, so I’m throwing on The Damned as well.

My Winner: Sweet Charity.

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Best Costume Design: 1968

Official Nominations: Romeo And Juliet. Star! Oliver! The Lion In Winter. Planet Of The Apes

No surprises this year, as is standard for this category, with musicals and historic and costume dramas leading the year. Perhaps Morton Haack’s work on Planet Of The Apes is a surprise given the type of film, but it is a deserving nomination. Two time winner Danilo Donati’s Romeo And Juliet is the ‘weak link’ here, while Star! is a little too generic in its extravagance. Oliver! is a good choice for winner, the costumes as important as the music, setting, and performances. My pick though is for  The Lion In Winter with Margaret Furse and Lee Poll – it’s all very brown and drab and selected to make England look barren and frigid, but with a flawless eye for detail.

My Winner: The Lion In Winter

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My Nominations: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Barbarella. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Once Upon A Time In The West. The Lion In Winter. Planet Of The Apes.

Only two make it over to my list, joining Once Upon A Time In The West – another movie highlighting the skill of Carlo Simi. My other selections are more iconic, with 2001: A Space Odyssey making sure that wardrobe was as integral a piece of the puzzle as the effects, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang throwing as much colour and razzle dazzle at the screen as possible. My controversial winner though has to be the most iconic of the bunch, with Jacques Fonteray and Paco Rabanne’s Barbarella sexing up the decade like no other movie.

My Winner: Barbarella

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Best Costume Design: 1967

Official Nominations: Camelot. Bonnie And Clyde. The Happiest Millionaire. The Taming Of The Shrew. Thoroughly Modern Millie.

It’s difficult to argue with the official winner this year, Camelot brimming with colour and flair.

My Winner: Camelot

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My Nominations: One Million Years BC. You Only Live Twice. Camelot. Belle De Jour. Le Samourai.

Indeed, Camelot is the only official nominee which survives the cull and makes it over to my nominations. One Million Years BC, Le Samourai, and Belle De Jour both contain iconic costumes, while You Only Live Twice is one of the few Bond films which seems to show a genuine appreciation for wholesale costume.

My Winner: Belle De Jour

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Best Costume Design – 1966

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Official Nominations: BW: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? The Gospel According To Matthew. Mr Buddwing. Mandragola. Morgan! Colour: A Man For All Seasons. Gambit. Hawaii. Juliet Of The Spirits. The Oscar.

My Winner: BW: The Gospel According To Matthew. Colour: A Man For All Seasons.

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My Nominations: The Gospel According To Matthew. A Man For All Seasons. Hawaii. The Bible. Blowup. Prince Of Darkness. Farenheit 451. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. The Wild Angels.

My Winner: A Man For All Seasons.

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Best Costume Design: 1965

Official Nominations: BW: Darling. Morituri. A Rage To Live. Ship Of Fools. The Slender Thread. Colour: Doctor Zhivago. The Agony And The Ecstasy. The Greatest Story Ever Told. Inside Daisy Clover. The Sound Of Music.

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My Winner: Darling. The Agony And The Ecstasy

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My Nominations: Doctor Zhivago. For A Few Dollars More. The Agony And The Ecstasy. The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Sound Of Music. Thunderball. King Rat

My Winner: The Agony And The Ecstasy

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Which film is your pick for the Best Costume

Best Costume Design: 1964

Actual Nominations: As with Cinematography the category was split into BW and color and featured a cross-section of epics and musicals, featuring many of the same films as were nominated for Cinematography. The official winner for BW was Night Of The Iguana but there really isn’t a lot to pick between this and the other nominees- Hush Hush, A House Is Not A Home, Kisses For My President, The Visit. Again the colour nominations are more interesting, with Harry Stradling picking up the win for My Fair Lady. Completing the nominations are Becket, Mary Poppins, Molly Brown, and What A Way To Go. Edith Head’s designs were nominated in both colour and BW, but she did not pick up a win this year.

My Winner: BW: Night Of The Iguana. Colour: Mary Poppins. Few films of the decade had such vibrancy in all areas as Mary Poppins, so it gets my vote over My Fair Lady.

My Nominations: My Fair Lady. Mary Poppins. Band Of Outsiders. A Fistful Of Dollars. The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Zulu.

I’ve added 4 films to the 2 carried over from the official nominations, and only 1 of the 6 is BW. Band Of Outsiders has that timeless cool French Chic thanks largely to Christiane Fageol’s work which is in stark contrast to my other picks. A Fistful Of Dollars is as you would expect, all dirty, beaten ponchos, but it was films like this which started the endearing look and people like Carlo Simi and Maria Casado who perfected it. My final picks are historical epics, a genre which relies heavily on Costume Design to convey authenticity and tone. It may seem easy to pick a popular outfit of the time and put actors in it, but it takes an unprecedented amount of time, detail, and dedication to get everything just right. Arthur Newman may not have had a large career in Wardrobe, but each feature he worked on has that memorable touch. In Zulu he oversees the costumes of our band of under siege soldiers but also the tribal garments of the marauding warriors. However, my win goes to the joint venture between Veniero Colasanti and John Moore (who also provided the Set Design) whose experience of working together on other hits such as El Cid pays off for the lost epic The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Their designs range from outfits for soldiers of all levels to pure tunics for senators to luxurious dresses for Sophia Loren.

My Winner: The Fall Of The Roman Empire. 

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