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In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Costume design is perhaps my favorite below-the-line Oscar category to analyze. That's partly because the craft itself is so integrally tied into the development of narrative, character and performance, but also because this voting branch can get so frisky with their choices. This year's field contains two former winners, two first-time nominees and one recurring bridesmaid, and it's an attractive collection -- ranging from rags to riches, from 19th-century England to 1970s New Jersey. It is, however, a field that demonstrates the Academy's overwhelming bias toward period work in this category -- it's nice when they find room for contemporary and/or fantasy work, »
- Guy Lodge
A curious reversal: I'm discussing Oscar-voting with costume designer Michael O'Connor, an Oscar winner for The Duchess (2008) nominated again for his work on the Dickensian romantic drama The Invisible Woman and he reveals that, though he takes voting seriously, he doesn't really think it's a good thing to know too much about the behind the scenes achievements on movies, beyond what you can see and judge visually.
That’s why I don’t teach or do classes. I don't think it would be a good experience. I want the discussion when I’m doing it because it helps me work but when you watch [a movie] you shouldn’t know the discussions. When you watch a film sometimes and stay for the Q&A it’s changed the experience because now you know some of the secrets. Some of the magic is not knowing. »
- NATHANIEL R
New Delhi, Feb 18: Indian make-up company Fat Mu's team has joined the make-up design entourage of Hollywood film "The Best Of Exotic Marigold Hotel 2", currently being shot in Rajasthan with Judi Dench and Richard Gere.
A team of the company, started by make-up artists Natasha Nischol and Virginia Holmes, is working with BAFTA nominated make-up designer Daniel Phillips, who has worked on films like "The Queen", "The Duchess" and "Jane Eyre".
"We are very lucky to get this opportunity to work with one of Britain's biggest make-up designers. Not only is Phillips an amazing make-up and hair designer...he also happens to be a. »
- Arun Pandit
Oscar-winning costume designer Michael O' Connor ("The Duchess") may be an expert at period pieces, but he was a Charles Dickens novice along with actor-director Ralph Fiennes before making "The Invisible Woman." And in this year's battle of the period pieces ("American Hustle," "The Great Gatsby," "The Grandmaster," "12 Years a Slave"), O'Connor is somewhat of a surprise nominee for this biopic about the secret affair between the middle-aged Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and a teenage actress, Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones). "Ralph wanted to be like Dickens' world and embrace the period and not shy away from some of the more eccentric and decorated elements in terms of the costumes and an extreme shape for women, especially," explains O' Connor. "Normally, people set their movies later in the 1870s when things became more elegant and sophisticated, but we focus on the 1850s, aside from the 1880s, as a framing device." In addition »
- Bill Desowitz
The film is directed by BAFTA winner Amma Asante, written by Misan Sagay and produced by Damian Jones whose previous credits include Oscar-winner The Iron Lady. It marks Asante’s second feature after A Way of Life in 2004.
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Wilkinson) and his wife (Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, but the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.
Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
These speculations stated that the Hollywood actress would soon be starring opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, the love struck Shuddh Desi Romance hero – who definitely has been confirmed as the male lead for the film.
Shekhar Kapur cleared up the rumours through a tweet:
This is not the first time Paani has attracted speculation.
The film, having been written 15 years ago, has accumulated much speculation associated with the leads including: Bollywood’s Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Vivek Oberoi, Hrithik Roshan; as well as the Hollywood Twilight star, Kristen Stewart.
- Aashi Gahlot
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