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What a busy twelve months it’s been for costume design. Really though, this art, or craft, or business (Deborah Nadoolman Landis insists it is definitely a business) gets more talked about each year. 2013 was especially exciting however as it seemed every month something even more thrilling arrived to fawn over. In the last few weeks alone we have had The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Sleepy Hollow, and now American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street on the horizon. Dipping back further, it was Stoker that got us excited about subtext, The Great Gatsby that slammed the lid on that twenties revival once and for all, and Behind the Candelabra that put Michael Douglas in a 16ft fox fur cape and white brocade jumpsuit.
With just so many memorable movies and TV shows to cover, Clothes on Film asked some respected contributors to the site for their opinions on the best, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Okay I'm running out of verbs to use for various critics groups honoring Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." I can only use hail, love, embrace for so much! But will the critics love for "12 years" translate into Oscar gold? That's the question!
Here's the complete list of winners of the Florida Film Critics Circle awards:
Picture: "12 Years a Slave"
Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong.O, 12 Years a Slave
Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Visual Effects: Gravity
Foreign Language: Blue is the Warmest Color
Documentary: The Act of Killing
Breakout: Lupita Nyong.O, 12 Years a Slave
Every year there seems to be a film that analysts predict for big things only to have the film disappoint, critically or at the box office, that rises from the ashes to claim several nominations come Oscar morning. This year that film looks to be Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Released in May, the film was deemed to be out of the Best Picture race and seemed to be an afterthought until a few weeks ago, when it started winning critics awards in the tech categories. So what brought it back and is it an Oscar threat?
In the interest of full disclosure, The Great Gatsby is a property that I just can’t seem to enjoy, whether it’s the original novel (yes, I’m one of those people) or any of the many adaptations since. Something about the material just »
- Terence Johnson
CEO Damian Trewhella told him about the Byron Kennedy Award, named after the co-founder of the Mad Max production company Kennedy Miller (now Kennedy Miller Mitchell), who died aged 33 in a helicopter crash in 1983.
The affable Johanson asked, .What.s that got to do with me?. He was flabbergasted when he was informed the Acs is the recipient of the next Byron Kennedy Award, which celebrates outstanding creative enterprise in the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the pursuit of excellence.
- Don Groves
Two of the key bruisers of contemporary cinema are to square up against each other at this year's Critics Circle awards. In the red corner: Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave – a devastating drama about deep south slavery – has landed 13 nominations. And in the blue: David O Russell with American Hustle, an exuberant comedy drama about the FBI Abscam con of the 1970s, which has taken the same number.
This leaves Gravity trailing with 10 nominations, while Captain Phillips, Her, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street all take six. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came in with five, while August: Osage County, Enough Said, Iron Man 3 and Rush took three.
- Catherine Shoard
Did your favorites make the cut? See the full list of Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominees and weigh in!
The critics have spoken! The 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations were announced Dec. 16, and some of HollywoodLife.com‘s favorites — including Jennifer Lawrence and Gravity – are up for major accolades. Browse the full list of nominees, then tell us who you’ll be rooting for when the big show airs Jan. 16 on The CW.
Critics’ Choice Movie Award Nominations — Full List Of Nominees
12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
- Andy Swift
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics. Choice Movie Awards. Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" and David O. Russell's "American Hustle" led the pack with thirteen nominations each including Best Picture.
.Gravity. also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.
The winners will be announced live at the Critics. Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 Pm Et/Pt. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Aisha Tyler will grace the show as this year.s host. »
With 13 nods each, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle led nominations for the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. 12 Years received nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.
American Hustle’s nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, »
- Erin Strecker
With “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” leading the pack (13 bids each), plenty of films have reason to celebrate their nominations from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, because it’s one of the more reliable Oscar gauges around.
The best pic contenders are: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips” (six nominations), “Dallas Buyers Club” (three), “Gravity” (10 noms), “Her” (six), “Inside Llewyn Davis” (four), “Nebraska” (six), “Saving Mr. Banks” (four), “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (six).
Last year, eight of the org’s 10 best-picture nominees also earned Oscar nominations, a great batting average considering the Academy Awards only had nine best-picture slots. From 2009-2011 (when Oscar had more than five contenders for best pic), the Film Critics Assn. saw nine, nine and seven out of their 10 proceed to Oscar noms. From 2003-2008, when Oscar had five slots, all five of them had been included in the critics’ 10 choices.
- Tim Gray
The International Press Academy has announced its nominations for the 18th annual Satellite Awards and Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," David O. Russell's "American Hustle," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the pack.
Winners will be announced on March 9, 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Here's the complete nominations:
Actress in a Motion Picture
Actor in a Motion Picture
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Here's the complete list of the winners of the 2013 San Diego Film Critics Society awards:
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Film
"The Wind Rises"
Best Production Design
Arcade Fire, »
‘Her’ movie tops 2013 San Diego Film Critics Awards (Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Her’) The San Diego Film Critics Society has released its list of 2013 nominees and winners. The nominations themselves were quite eclectic, ranging from Best Actress nominee Brie Larson for Short Term 12 to Best Film nominee Gravity. The list of winners, however, tended to be more mainstream. For instance, Warner Bros.’ Spike Jonze-directed Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a man who falls in love with a Scarlett Johansson-voiced computer, was chosen as the Best Film of 2013, in addition to receiving honors for Best Original Screenplay (also Spike Jonze) and Best Score (Arcade Fire). Alfonso Cuarón was the Best Director for another Warner Bros. release, Gravity, a 3D space action melodrama about an astronaut and bereaved Mom (Sandra Bullock) who learns that, no matter what, Life Is Worth Living. George Clooney co-stars. Among the other San Diego Film »
- Andre Soares
Catherine Martin is a rarity in the below-the-line world: she heads up two major departments — production design and costumes — on most of the films directed by Baz Luhrmann, who happens to be her husband.
How can one person take on two such complicated tasks simultaneously, especially on pictures as lavishly art-directed as those of the Australian helmer? “I have a lot of help and a loyal team,” says Martin. “I don’t do everything myself but I’m all over it, over all the details. I drive people crazy.”
The main advantage of taking on both jobs, she adds, is that “when Baz gives a directive I can encapsulate it into one package. It’s a lot of work but I don’t get sandwiched between him and another collaborator.”
With “The Great Gatsby,” Martin says, “the process started with a profound analysis of all source material — as it does »
- Peter Caranicas
Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Award nominations through January 16th, 2014, when the nominations are announced. Here's our take on the best costume design race. "12 Years a Slave," "The Great Gatsby," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Ameican Hustle," "The Invisible Woman," "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and "Saving Mr. Banks" seem like the best bets, but Best costume design predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here. Safe Bets: 1. Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby 2. Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave 3. Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle Strong Possibilities: 4. Daniel Orlandi, Saving Mr. Banks 5. Mary Zophres, Inside Llewyn Davis 6. Michael O'Connor, The Invisible Woman 7. Gary Jones, Oz: The Great and Powerful 8. Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Longer Shots: 9. Ruth E. Carter, Lee Daniels' The Butler 10. Anna B. Sheppard, The Book Thief 11. Penny Rose, The »
- Peter Knegt
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.
- Glenn Dunks
Luhrmann’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald 1925 novel was made on a Hollywood-sized budget by a very experienced director while festival hit The Rocket, which tells the story of a boy trying to prove he isn’t cursed, was filmed in Laos by a writer/director who had not previously made a dramatic feature.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (Ipa) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations. The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each. The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was »
- Brad Brevet
What have you missed costume wise this week? Well….
In conversation with Kinvara Balfour at the Regent Street Apple Store, 18th November.
Lyn Paolo has no intention of becoming a fashion designer.
We’re a bit behind with this now but looking forward to a marathon catch up. Here series costume designer Kristin M. Burke answers fan questions posed on Twitter.
Catherine Martin was initially worried the film would look like “a flapper themed 21st birthday party”.
Spoilers abound, but if you’ve seen the movie these costume, gender and identity posts by Hello Tailor are well worth reading: Part 1, Part 2
Judianna Makovsky’s fantastic costumes from the original film go under the hammer this Saturday.
Ben Affleck’s Batman »
- Christopher Laverty
When you are costuming the biggest franchise release of the year and creating a capsule range to run alongside it for a major online retailer, it is clear a normal approach to the task is not going to work. Ex-stylist and one time assistant for Michael Kaplan, Trish Summerville, one of the fastest rising names in the industry, has purposely sought out what many costume designers shy away from: co-collaborations with new and established fashion designers and, in several cases, pulling clothes directly from the runway. Summerville is smart and savvy with a feel for contemporary trends, though by not designing and making key items for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire personally she may attract the scorn of her peers. But perhaps this is the new way for costume design, the future of the industry? While those around her fight to retain what they consider is the essence of their craft, »
- Christopher Laverty
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