9 thoughts on “66 Years of Best Costume Oscars

  1. Two of my most favorite movies are Richard Lester’s 1971 THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE FOUR MUSKETEERS which really were one movie: they were shot at the same time, but released several years apart. With few exceptions, the costumes were marvels! Faye Dunaway’s Milady in the second film, with that fine elegant hood of mesh and wire… the garb of the Royals, especially Queen Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) and the commoner-garb were all beautiful. Talk about transporting the viewer back in time…!

    I don’t know if these films got any costuming awards, but they surely should have been contenders!

  2. I also have to include both “MUSKETEER” movies from the 1970s. I would also include 2013’s “THE GREAT GATSBY”, 1968’s “ROMEO AND JULIET”, 1969’s “HELLO DOLLY” and 2004’s “THE AVIATOR”.

  3. Yes, definitely the two Musketeer movies by Richard Lester – on revisiting them on the big screen not to long ago I only realized how well they had been made, and how well they have aged! Much better than many other older costume movies, I think.

  4. Movies that were shamefully shut out during Oscar season that deserved to be nominated are, Down With Love, Evita, Good Night and Good Luck, Hairspray (2007), Changeling, Cheri, Inglourious Basterds, Burlesque, THE HELP, Sparkle (2012), Belle, The Homesman, Crimson Peak, A Very Long Engagement, Boogie Nights, Kama Sutra a Tale of Love, Dazed and Confused, Like Water for Chocolate, Day of the Locust, Cabaret, The Hireling, Love and Anarchy, Splendor in the Grass, A Breath of Scandal, and Lola Montes.

  5. Although she was never nominated for an Oscar (which I feel is shameful), I would also like to add Trish Biggar’s costume designs for the STAR WARS Prequel Trilogy – especially for the costumes worn by Natalie Portman.

  6. Hey Ladies – you refer to Maggie Smith’s character in Travels w/My Aunt as “elderly”. She was 38 when she appeared in that film – you may want to edit that particular entry.

    1. The character is supposed to be much older than Smith was — she’s supposed to be old enough to be Henry’s mother. Alec McCowen, who played Henry, was actually older than Smith when the movie was filmed. No edit needed.

  7. Yes, those Musketeer costumes! The last one on Anne of Austria at the end of the 3, was a copy of a Rubens portrait of the queen. Fabulous!

    They reused many of those beautiful Musketeer costumes in the made for TV Man in an Iron Mask with Richard Chamberlain a couple of years later. (He was a drop dead gorgeous Louis XIV.)

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