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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog



Strange year for this category

The Nominees are...

Beauty and the Beast Jacqueline Durran 
(6 noms | 1 win)

 CDG Nom,  Critics Choice Nom, BAFTA

 The visibility is there as well as the iconic costumes recreated.

Darkest Hour

Jacqueline Durran
(6 noms | 1 win)


Durran's work is often amazing but WW II government dramas are relatively staid in the costume arena.

Phantom Thread
Mark Bridges
(3rd nomination, 1 win)

CDG Nom | Critics Choice Nom, BAFTA

It's a fashion drama and he's a great designer.

The Shape of Water
Luis Sequeira (1st nomination!) CDG NomCritics Choice Nom, BAFTA

The costumes aren't as showy as the rest of its design elements.

Victoria and Abdul Consolata Boyle 
(3rd nomination)

Boyle gets to costume Britian and Indian VIPs this time around and the clothes get plot points, too.

Who was left out: Color me stunned that The Post's gold caftan, those Amazons in Wonder Woman, the civil war era deglam in The Beguiled, the circus of The Greatest Showman, the DIY skating rink "finery" of I Tonya and so on couldn't get traction here.
Will win/ Should win: This goes to Phantom Thread easily, doesn't it? (or will enough voters just vote "most" with Beauty and the Beast?)


We got our first female nominee in this category ever via Rachel Morrison. Meanwhile Roger Deakins, who has never won, will be trying to fend off all these formidable challengers

The Nominees are...


Blade Runner 2049
Roger Deakins
(14th nomination)

Darkest Hour
Bruno Delbonnel (5th nomination)

Hoyt Van Hoytema
(1st nomination!)

wins: --

Rachel Morrison
(1st nomination!)

wins: NYFCC  

Shape of Water 
Dan Laustsen
(1st nomination!)

wins: LAFCA Win 

Who was left out: Since this is the exact same list that the Cinematographer's guild came up with arguably nobody. But there was other great and/or high profile work out there as in Wonder Wheel, The Post, Call Me By Your Name, Phantom Thread, Beach Rats, Logan, mother!, Lost City of Z and so on and so on
Will win/ Should win: My suspicion is that The Shape of Water will take at least a few of the tech Oscars and its haul will include this one since it's memorable looking and a del Toro film has already won in this category (Pan's Labyrinth). But my heart is with Oscar finally crowning Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) who has waited for this for far too long and look what he's done... AGAIN on the screen. Just beautiful


Lots of great looking films out there. Oscar chose these five films. Note that Sarah Greenwood is double nominated!

The Nominees are...

Blade Runner 2049
Dennis Gassner
(6th nomination | 1 win)

wins: LAFCA
noms: ADG,  BAFTACritics Choice

They love Gassner and the first film is arguably the most influential art direction of the last 30 years.

Beauty & the Beast 
Sarah Greenwood
(6 nominations)

wins: --
noms: ADG, BAFTACritics Choice

She could well be competing against herself. But will they go with the noisy Disney recreation or the war drama?

Darkest Hour
Sarah Greenwood
(6 nominations)


She could well be competing against herself. But will they go with the noisy Disney recreation or the war drama instead?

Nathan Crowley
(4th nomination)

wins: --
noms: ADG BAFTA  Critics Choice

He could be competing with himself: see also The Greatest Showman

Shape of Water
Paul Austerberry
(1st nomination!)

wins: --
noms: ADG, BAFTACritics Choice

Apart from Blade Runner this may be the showiest job of the year. Totally sells the fable and Cold War noirishness

Who was left out? The Post and Downsizing and Murder on the Orient Express seemed like Oscary options.
Will win / Should win? I suspect this goes to Shape of Water but Blade Runner 2049 might prove formidable competition


This category generally requires Best Picture heat unless the editing is *really* showy: enter Baby Driver and I Tonya.

The Nominees are...

Baby Driver
Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss
1st nominations!

Lee Smith
3rd nomination

I Tonya
Tatiana S Riegel
1st nomination! 

Shape of Water
Sidney Wolinsky
1st nomination! 

Three Billboards
Jon Gregory
1st nomination!

Who was left out? Who wasn't? We have to start with the economic and graceful comedy of Lady Bird and the whipsmart tense editing of Get Out. But really there are so many goodies each year that get left out in favor of simply Best Picture heat.
Will win / Should win: This could be a free-for-all. The only one that seems unlikely as a winner is I Tonya


more on the 10 wide finalist list]

The Nominees are...

Blade Runner

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War of the Planet of the Apes

Who was left out? Shape of Water, Dunkirk, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Okja, and Alien Covenant were the finalists. The Semi finalists before that were Ghost in the Shell, Beauty and the Beast, Jumanji, Justice League, Life, Logan, Pirates fo the Caribbean, Spider-Man Homecoming, Thor Ragnarok, and Wonder Woman.
will win / should win: Blade Runner 2049 needs to win something and it might be this. But in all honesty shouldn't the prize go to War of the Planet of the Apes since that trilogy has had stupendous effects throughout and still no Oscar.



The nominees are


Darkest Hour
Kazuhiro Tsuji (3rd nod), David Malinowski,
and Lucy Sibbick
(1st noms!

Victoria & Abdul
Daniel Phillips and Loulia Sheppard
1st nominations!

Arjen Tuiten
1st nomination!

who was left out: Guardians of the Galaxy, I Tonya, Bright, Ghost in the Shell, were the other finalists
will win / should win: One imagines the Churchill drag will win the race. It is pretty flawless as prosthetic transformations go!