Sketches of ‘Star’

Posted by · 5:21 am · January 19th, 2010

Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in Bright StarAs the season has broken down some pundits to the point of pondering whether or not “The Hangover” has a shot at a Best Picture nomination, it really does seem an eternity ago that “Bright Star” was even in the conversation.

With Jane Campion’s film ridiculously failing to secure even technical Guild recognition so far, it’s really looking like one of the season’s great lost causes.

Yet to weigh in, of course, is the Costume Designers’ Guild, which announces its nominees in a week’s time. If the film misses there, designer Janet Patterson would be well within her rights to torch their headquarters.

We’ll be profiling the film’s craftspeople in Tech Support eventually: for now, courtesy of Refinery 29, two of Patterson’s original sketches should remind you of the year’s finest threads. Check them out after the cut.

Janet Patterson's costume sketches for Bright Star




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  • 1 1-19-2010 at 6:20 am

    Bill Melidoneas said...

    Yeah this has to be a front-runner.

    Oscar’s Costume Nods: Bright Star, Ingl. Bast, Young Victoria, Sherlock Holmes & bitterly Nine.

    Though I’m hoping Nine resentment snubs it outright in favor of Public Enemies.

    Bright Star vs. Young Victoria for the Oscar. Young Victoria has the predictable period setting costumes while Bright Star I think is the only perfect dressed film of the year. Very disappointed that it’s getting a precursor wide snubbing though if the academy makes it up by nominating it in Cost. Des, Score, L. Actress, Cinematography & Ad. Screenplay where it rightfully belongs I’m all game.

  • 2 1-19-2010 at 6:27 am

    JJ said...

    Yeah I think it’ll only score a nom here. And with that, because The Young Victoria has been more prevelant lately (Blunt, etc.) … more people will have seen it and vote it for he win. Grr.

  • 3 1-19-2010 at 6:45 am

    red_wine said...

    The costumes were a very integral part of Bright Star because the lead character is a design herself. We actually see some costumes being made and then worn later in the film. I think the costume designers will like the way movie highlights the costumes.

    But a veritable lost cause it definitely is, specially for Campion’s screenplay and direction and Cornish’s heart-breaker of a performance. Maybe the British vote in the academy will rally behind Cornish but she has zero chance while Bullock has a good chance to win. Such is life.

  • 4 1-19-2010 at 6:57 am

    Matsunaga said...

    Hopefully I see this in Costume Design Category… And i hope it wins…

  • 5 1-19-2010 at 7:26 am

    cca said...

    Well.. the 10 best picture nominees adds a lot of uncertainty to this year’s race…. Many people is giving for granted that the academy will follow the guilds into popular films like “Star Trek” , “District 9” or even “The Hangover”.. but it’s still a mistery how the academy will use those 5 extra spots, maybe they will give them to smaller films like “Bright Star” or “The Road”. I think we’ll see a lot of surprises in the best picture category come February 2nd.

  • 6 1-19-2010 at 7:41 am

    John said...

    I certainly hope the Academy gives those extra slots to DISTRICT 9, STAR TREK, and THE HANGOVER. Those are three of the most exciting films of the year that deserve nominations on a list of 10.

    As for Costumes, I would really like to see WATCHMEN and PUBLIC ENEMIES get nominated. I didn’t like the movies, but the costumers created a wildly insane world and a believably authentic period look respectively.

  • 7 1-19-2010 at 7:53 am

    Speaking English said...

    ***… If the film misses there, designer Janet Patterson would be well within her rights to torch their headquarters.***

    I’d say the same for “A Single Man” and Arianne Phillips. Boggles the mind how the two most beautiful films of the year are being so constantly overlooked.

  • 8 1-19-2010 at 7:57 am

    James D. said...

    Maybe with all of the lower rungs of the ten being on shaky ground, the Brits will help us out and get the film nominated. Of course, this will not happen, but one can hope, no?

  • 9 1-19-2010 at 7:59 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sadly, the Brits couldn’t even be bothered to get it on the BAFTA longlist, James.

  • 10 1-19-2010 at 8:22 am

    James D. said...

    What happened, exactly? Stuffy British period dramas are always a lock. I thought it a boring film with Oscar sensibilities before I saw it and was surprised.

    I would think the Academy would like this sort of movie more than A Serious Man or the Basterds.

  • 11 1-19-2010 at 8:26 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Apparition let it out too early, and didn’t (or couldn’t) put any back into the campaign. Simple as that, really.

    That said, it shouldn’t be mistaken for the kind of sweeping British heritage cinema that the Academy sometimes favours. It’s a small, literary chamber piece with a very young outlook — not quite Oscar catnip.

  • 12 1-19-2010 at 8:28 am

    j said...

    Well it’s not a boringly stuffy film; a lot of reviews for Bright Star point out specifically how refreshingly modern it is despite the period it’s set in and the subject matter. So maybe that’s why it hasn’t gained traction.

  • 13 1-19-2010 at 9:54 am

    Theoriginal.andrew said...

    I think The Young Victoria will win that one. The costumes were outstanding. I thought Bright Star’s were too simple for that category, they usually go for the over-the-top costumes: The Duchess, Elizabeth II, Marie Antoinette, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Aviator…

  • 14 1-19-2010 at 10:17 am

    JFK said...

    I keep getting stuck at 6 or 7 with my own nom. predictions. I enjoyed this film and Cornish’s performance, its a shame that it wasn’t able to gather some momentum.

    Maybe one of the “wrenches” of the Academy will be to include it in the list of 10? I still can’t figure out what else would be included.

  • 15 1-19-2010 at 10:28 am

    Pablo (Col) said...

    If The Hangover gets nominated everyone will loose the respect they have for AMPAS.

    They are now 10 possible best picture nominees in order to honour a more open field of great movies not one of each gender.

    Besides, there are at least 100 movies better than that thing and they all were premiered last year.

    I really hope Bright Star does well in the technical categories and who knows, maybe Cornish could get a nomination, just like Linney did some years ago.

  • 16 1-19-2010 at 10:43 am

    Will said...

    I’ve noticed that under your art direction contenders, The Lovely Bones isn’t listed at all, and yet its and art directors guild nominee. why is this?

  • 17 1-19-2010 at 10:44 am

    John said...

    Cornish won’t get in-surprise nominations like Linney’s (or Tommy Lee Jones’s or Clint Eastwood’s in 2004) happen for previous nominees, not newbies. Newbies rarely surprise in the leading categories-they always go with people who are truly Academy favorites. Tilda Swinton is about the only person in the race right now who would qualify for that. I think she’s got a considerably better chance than Cornish, for example, though neither will top the Blunt/Mirren stampede for fifth place.

  • 18 1-19-2010 at 3:49 pm

    Leighton said...

    It is really sad that this film has gotten lost in the shuffle of awards season – too bad it couldn’t have come out at a later time. Still, in my opinion, the best film I saw last year.

  • 19 1-19-2010 at 7:11 pm

    Glenn said...

    I’m still thinking a cinematography nomination is definitely in the realm of possibility. Remember when “The New World” pulled one out after a couple of lowly critics nominations.

    The costumes, by all rights, should be a shoo in, but you never can tell with this category. I mean, I thought “Coco avant Chanel” would be right in there too (being about a designer and all) and yet nothing.

  • 20 1-19-2010 at 10:04 pm

    Harry said...

    This reminds me of how I felt when Marie Antoinette scored a single nom for costume. I thought it was one of the year’s best but i guess the offcentered nature of both films is off putting to the academy. Bright Star is a masterpiece. I just can’t believe it might receive zero nominations.

  • 21 1-20-2010 at 3:30 am

    Andrew2 said...

    Bright Star’s campaign has been atrocious. I cant even get Apparition to respond to email or Facebook questions! Such a shame that this great film may only get in Costumes come Oscar-time, but hopefully more love from BAFTA

    Thanks heaps for the Bright Star article!!

  • 22 1-20-2010 at 3:31 am

    Andrew2 said...

    And Guy it should make the Best British Film list, is on the BAFTA longlist in 10 categories and was in the top 5 (Guild noms) in 5 categories including Actress. The Brits WILL recognise this film!!

  • 23 1-20-2010 at 3:32 am

    Andrew2 said...

    I dont buy that Appatition COULDNT campaign because they have for Young Victoria and Emily Blunt. For some reason they have favoured that film in their campaign???