Contender Portfolios

Lenny Abrahamson Tackles the Confines of Room

Lenny Abrahamson‘s Room tells the story of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) who are trapped in a windowless, enclosed space together. The film is nominated for four Academy Awards – best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actress in a leading role for Larson, best achievement in directing by Abrahamson and best writing of an adapted screenplay by Emma Donoghue. The success of any film depends on the collaboration of so many people and in the case of this film, the perfect group of people came together to tell this story. “I worked with great people, that’s the first good move,” said Abrahamson. […]

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For Your Consideration – The Oscar-Nominated Costume Designers

Costume design is more than just about clothing. It is about expressing who a character is and telling stories about those characters. Costume design can be seamless sometimes. Oftentimes it does not stand out on its own but rather serves to describe things about a character that cannot be achieved any other way. In this way, costume design is rather magical, creating characters out of actors and describing who he or she is and in what time and place the character lived. It is an art form that is deeply creative and an essential part of storytelling and filmmaking magic. […]

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Michael Kaplan Designs the Costumes for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens tells the story of a unexpected group of heroes who partner with the Resistance to save the galaxy. The fascinating realization of this world earned costume designer Michael Kaplan a Costume Designer Guild award nomination for excellence in fantasy film. Kaplan, who is known for his work on Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Fight Club (1999) and Se7en (1995), was most excited about working again with Abrams after having worked with him on two Star Trek films. Embracing such a massive creative project was also a draw. “Of course the challenge of taking on Star Wars was extremely exciting as well as daunting and intimidating,” the costume designer said. […]

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Contender – Production Designer Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road

Director George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road tells the story of a woman (Charlize Theron) who rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia and searches for her homeland. Creating this world was an interesting process and the task went to production designer Colin Gibson, who has received an Academy Award nomination for his work. He is Australian, so he was attracted to this project because he had always loved the story, which is so much part of Australian lore. “Being about to go in there and mess with the DNA of our culture was an offer too good to refuse,” he said. The project was on and off since he was first offered the job in 2000, but once the designing fun really started, it was a wild ride for Gibson. […]

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Contender – Production Designer Eve Stewart, The Danish Girl

Director Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl tells the story of Danish artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and his journey as a transgender pioneer in the early 1920s. Production designer Eve Stewart, who is known for her work on Les Misérables (2012), The King’s Speech (2010) and Topsy-Turvy (1999), for all three of which she received Academy Award nominations, helped create the artist’s world of Copenhagen and Paris. She had read the novel that the film is based on and felt it was an amazing story and was excited to help tell it on this project, which is her fifth collaboration with the director.
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Contender – Costume Designer Paco Delgado The Danish Girl

Director Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl tells the story of artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and his journey as a transgender pioneer in the early 1920s. Costume designer Paco Delgado, known for his work on Biutiful (2010), The Skin I Live In (2011) and Les Misérables (2012), the latter for which he received an Academy Award nomination, was very happy to be a part of the project. Delgado also worked with Hooper on Les Misérables, an experience he enjoyed immensely and was excited to collaborate with the director again for this film. Working with Redmayne, who also starred in Les Misérables was another draw. “I have really really wonderful memories of our collaboration,” Delgado said. […]

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Contender- Costume Designer Danny Glicker Love & Mercy

Director Bill Pohlad‘s Love & Mercy follows the story of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson as he struggles with psychosis in the 1960s and 1980s. Helping to create both eras was costume designer Danny Glicker, who is known for his work on Up in the Air (2009), This Is the End (2013) and Milk (2008), the latter for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Glicker was immensely thrilled to be a part of Love & Mercy because he’s been a Brian Wilson fan for a long time. “When they sent me the script, I was really smitten, I was really excited about it and then for me when it really clicked was earlier on in the script when I met Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) in the story and that moment I just realized that this was going to be a much richer and expansive story than I had even imagined when I considered it,” said Glicker. […]

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Contender – Costume Designer Carlo Poggioli, Youth

Paolo Sorrentino‘s Youth tells the story of a vacationing retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine) who receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform again. Costume designer Carlo Poggioli, who is known for his work on Cold Mountain (2003), Van Helsing (2004) and Divergent (2014) was excited at the opportunity to be a part of Youth, especially because he had always been a fan of Sorrentino’s. “Immediately I was very enthusiastic because I read the script and we talked about the actors. Usually, I like to, after the first discussion with the director, immediately do drawings because I like to show the director my exact ideas for the actors,” said Poggioli. In this case, he was inspired by many famous conductors and composers and took some cues from the way they dressed. The costume designer and the director discussed these looks and the collaboration was off and running. […]

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Contender – Production Designer François Séguin, Brooklyn

Director John Crowley‘s Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) as she relocates to New York in the 1950s. Creating the world of 1950s Ireland and New York on a tight budget wasn’t without its challenges but production designer François Séguin, known for Lucky Number Slevin (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), was up for the creative task. […]