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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions Costume Design

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Costume Design

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Costume Design

That Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread spent more time on Oscar prognosticators’ shortlists as Untitled PTA London Fashion Film than it did under its actual title indicates that it probably had this award sewn up before anyone even laid eyes on it. In fact, one of the only things that would’ve given us pause about predicting it is the fact that Oscar voters have laid eyes on the ornate, complex, multi-faceted film, and now have to wrestle with their own realization that it’s far from just another runway processional. The other issue is that the last two times films explicitly centered around the world of fashion have competed in the costume design category that should’ve been a cakewalk for them, both ended up losing to regal frocks and fancy frills.

Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions Makeup and Hairstyling

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Makeup and Hairstyling

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Makeup and Hairstyling

What a difference 365 days make. Last year, the makeup and hairstyling category legitimized the phrase “the Oscar-winning Suicide Squad.” Now, the category’s second Trump-era Academy Awards slate is dominated by fusty prestige pictures, and to an extent that we haven’t seen since 1998, when Elizabeth bested Shakespeare In Love. In the midst of a four-alarm idiocracy, any move toward respectability, no matter how hollow, has to be commended.

Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

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Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

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Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

In Stephen Frears’s latest, Victoria & Abdul, Academy Award winner Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria. The film traces the relationship that develops between the royal and a young clerk, Abdul Karin (Ali Fazal), in India during the Golden Jubilee, which was celebrated on June 20, 1887, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the queen’s accession to the throne. During the celebration, a grand banquet to which 50 European kings and princes were invited, the queen questions the constrictions of her position, and as her relationship with Abdul deepens, she begins to see the world anew.