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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

Period dramas tend to dominate this category: Disney's extravagant live-action blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" is a frontrunner. Updated November 27, 2017.

“Phantom Thread”

As usual, period dramas are the dominant genre when it comes to Best Costume Design. Mark Bridges’ exquisite ’50s couture designs for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” will compete with two Jacqueline Durran movies: the extravagant Disney live-action blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” as well as World War II drama “Darkest Hour,” which features elaborate costumes to add weight to Gary Oldman as Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

“Beauty and the Beast”

Also needing some padding was Dame Judi Dench as the aging monarch in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”  Kenneth Branagh’s new take on “Murder on the Orient Express,” featuring himself as mustache-twirling detective Hercule Poirot as well as a slimmer Dench, features a colorful assortment of characters on the mythic train from Istanbul. Also set in the 50s is Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” featuring costumes by Luis Sequeira.

Two rural southern war-time dramas are competing this year:  Michael Boyd took on the period costumes for Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” set during World War II, while Sofia Coppola’s Civil War melodrama “The Beguiled” is another strong entry from Stacey Battat.


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Mark Bridges (“Phantom Thread”)
Consolata Boyle (“Victoria and Abdul”)
Alexandra Byrne (“Murder on the Orient Express”)
Jacqueline Durran (“Beauty and the Beast”)
Jacqueline Durran (“Darkest Hour”)

“The Beguiled”

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Renee April (“Blade Runner 2049”)
Michael Boyd (“Mudbound”)
Stacey Battat (“The Beguiled”)
Jeffrey Kurland (“Dunkirk”)
Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water”)

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