THE CONTENDERS: Best Costume Design

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9/19 Thoughts: I recognize I keep leaving “Anonymous” just out of the predicted five in all the design arenas, but that seems wrong. It’s such a dazzling film below the line. It has to find some recognition somewhere. Also, it occurs to me that “The Artist” may finally be the film that ushers the great Mark Bridges to his first Oscar nod.

Good bets:
1. “Hugo” (Sandy Powell)
2. “The Artist” (Mark Bridges)
3. “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips)

Other possibilities:
4. “War Horse” (Joanna Johnston)
5. “The Help” (Sharen Davis)
6. “Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor)
7. “J. Edgar” (Deborah Hopper)
8. “Anonymous” (Lisy Christl)
9. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Jacqueline Durran)
10. “My Week with Marilyn” (Jill Taylor)

Dark horses:
11. “A Dangerous Method” (Denise Cronenberg)
12. “Immortals” (Eiko Ishioka, Simonetta Mariano)
13. “Albert Nobbs” (Pierre-Yves Gayraud)
14. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Jany Temime)
15. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Anna B. Sheppard)

The rest of the field:
“The Conspirator” (Louise Frogley)
“Coriolanus” (Bojana Nikitovic)
“Cowboys & Aliens” (Mary Zophres)
“The Descendants” (Wendy Chuck)
“The Eye of the Storm” (Terry Ryan)
“The Flowers of War” (William Chang; Graciela Mazón)
“Green Lantern” (Ngila Dickson)
“The Iron Lady” (Consolata Boyle)
“Midnight in Paris” (Sonia Grande)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose)
“Salmon Fishing on the Yemen” (Jane Marcantonio)
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (Jenny Beavan)
“Sucker Punch” (Michael Wilkinson)
“Thor” (Alexandra Byrne)
“The Three Musketeers” (Pierre-Yves Gayraud)
“The Tree of Life” (Jacqueline West)
“Water for Elephants” (Jacqueline West)
“X-Men: First Class” (Sammy Sheldon)