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Oscars 2019: Best Costume Design Predictions

Period and fantasy are strong genres in this category, which "Black Panther" could win. Updated 1/27/19.

“Black Panther”

Elaborate period costumes tend to rule the day with Best Costume Design. Three-time Oscar-winner Sandy Powell is competing with herself yet again with magical musical depression-era “Mary Poppins Returns” and royal court drama “The Favourite,” which in turn goes up against another royal intrigue, “Mary Queen of Scots.” Mary Zophres landed a surprise fourth nomination for her superb western costumes for the Coen brothers’ “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” But  three times may be the charm for Ruth E. Carter (“Malcolm X,” “Amistad”) for her vivid array of Afro-futurist costumes for the new world of Wakanda in “Black Panther.”

Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in the film THE FAVOURITE. Photo by Yorgos Lanthimos. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

Emma Stone and Olivia Colman in “The Favourite”

Yorgos Lanthimos

Contenders in order of likelihood to win:

Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther”)
Sandy Powell (“The Favourite”)
Sandy Powell (“Mary Poppins Returns”)
Mary Zophres (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”)
Alexandra Byrne (“Mary Queen of Scots”)

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