Best Costume Design – 1971

Official Nominations: Nicholas And Alexandra. Bedknobs And Broomsticks. Death In Venice. Mary, Queen Of Scots. What’s The Matter With Helen.

Two obvious picks with two big costume dramas – three other normals. Take your pick between Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo’s Nicholas And Alexandra and Margaret Furse’s Mary, Queen Of Scots. 

My Winner: Nicholas And Alexandra

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My Nominations: Nicholas And Alexandra. Mary, Queen Of Scots. A Clockwork Orange. McCabe And Mrs Miller. Red Sun. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

Along with the costume dramas I add three should-have-beens, and one never-would-have-been. A Clockwork Orange may not at first glance seem as visually arresting as some of Kubrick’s other work, but the attention to detail in costume and set design is paramount. A Clockwork Orange wouldn’t be see unnerving without the pale, iconic, almost jumpsuit look of Alex and his droogs often as a counterpoint to the more stylized 70s flair of everyone else. McCabe And Mrs Miller is of course a gorgeous movie with the costumes a huge part of the overall tone, while the characters in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory appear as extensions of their clothing – from the drab look of Charlie and his grandfather to the exuberant red festive attire of Veruca, not to mention Wonka and the Oompa Loompas. Finally, lets add Red Sun as it doesn’t get mentioned enough.

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My Winner: A Clockwork Orange

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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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Which movie of 1968 do you think deserves the 1968 Best Costume Oscar? Let us know in the comments!

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