The recent Oscar nominations for Costume Design found me so happy to see a name beyond the usual nominees. Of course, Arianne Phillips designs (nominated for W.E. and previously for Walk the Line) are always beautiful and exciting, and Sandy Powell’s nomination (now totalling 10) was, and is always, equally well deserved. But given that they are, respectively, Madonna’s or Martin Scorcese’s go to gal, they have habitual opportunities to design beautifully, and most probably a certain amount of freedom.
But this year’s nominations were overshadowed by an unlikely contender. The Artist has garnered 10 Academy nods including a Costume Design nomination earned by upstart Mark Bridges. Most Costume Designers are relegated to the arena of contemporary design (no Oscar possible), yet in reality it takes a true talent to stand proudly, and beatifully, in the world of the real and oft mundane. His talent was evident long ago, esp in The Fighter. He’s a laugh to work with and dedicated to good costume design even in the most mundane films. Im happy to see a career changing nomination on his plate.
Here’s a wonderful interview with Mark Bridges on Frocktalk.