Oscar 2012 – The Artist and Hugo big winners.

So, it’s early evening here in the UK and I haven’t been able to stop yawning or rubbing my eyes all day. This is the after-effects of watching the Oscars or  an ‘Oscar come-down’ if you will. Due to the time difference I tuned in to watch all the glitz and the glamour at 1.30am and went to bed at 5.00am – it was definitely a fall-asleep-as-soon-as-your-head-touches-the-pillow moment once it had finished. Before you start to get annoyed with my feel-sorry-for-me routine I will swiftly move on and inform you of all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Academy Awards.

The winners are in bold.

Best Picture

The Artist

War Horse

The Tree of Life


The Descendants

Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Demian Bichir – A Better Life

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

George Clooney – The Descendants

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis – The Help

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation – Iran

Bullhead – Belgium

Footnote – Israel

In Darkness – Poland

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada

Best Animation


A Cat in Paris

Chico and Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Margin Call – JC Chandor

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Hugo – John Logan

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Art Direction

Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Cinematography

Hugo – Robert Richardson

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Sound Editing

Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Original Score

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

The Adventures of Tintin


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Costume Design

The Artist – Mark Bridges



Jane Eyre


Best Documentary Feature


Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory


Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

The Artist

The Descendants



Best Animated Short Film

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore


La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film

The Shore



Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Visual Effects

Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

So that’s that. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is over until 2013, were you happy with the winners? Hugo and The Artist were the winners of the night it seems. The Iron Lady receiving best make-up? Not sure I agree with that – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2 is definitely a more deserving winner. I completely agreed with The Artist winning best costume design and I loved seeing how happy Jean Dujardin was when he received best actor and even happier when Bret McKenzie won best original song for The Muppets. 

Let me know your thoughts!

Top 5 fashion in film moments of 2011

2011 was a a year with plenty of stunning costumes and I set myself the challenge to narrow them down to just five … five!

In no particular order here are my top five fashion in film moments of 2011:

One – Black Swan


Despite the controversy  surrounding the film’s costume design due to the Mulleavy sisters (who are a part of the fashion company Rodarte and contributed towards the fashion choices in the film) not getting recognition at the BAFTA’s whereas the overall costume designer Amy Westcott did, Black Swan to me, is an obvious and memorable choice in fashionable films when I think back throughout the year 0f 2011. Although I am in no position to point fingers and decide who deserves what in terms of recognition for the costumes, what I do know is that it is undoubtedly award-winning worthy.  The phycological thriller takes the aspect of the white swan symbolising the pure and virginal side to the lead of Swan Lake, Nina (played by Natalie Portman) whereas the black swan is highlighting the evil and powerful side, therefore it’s not surprising that the performance costumes are colour coded black and white throughout. The jewel-encrypted bodices, feather tutu’s and the illuminating head pieces are so impressive but don’t expect to see your childhood dreams of ‘I want to be a ballerina when I grow up’ envisioned on screen, as the wardrobe choices and identity shown are much more dynamic. The film heavily influenced the catwalk and fashion world with designer Chanel taking their dark and ballerina-esque clothes into the Spring season and French footwear designer Christian Louboutin designing his very own ballerina shoes with an eight inch heel. Now, they would be far too painful to wear.

Two – My Week With Marilyn


Marilyn Monroe was the definition of glamour and a 1950s sex symbol so it’s probably not much of a shock to see this film in the top five. Michelle Williams portrays Monroe in the British Drama My Week With Marilyn which focuses on the particular time in her life when her husband Arthur Miller leaves the country. Monroe is so iconic that it would be a tragedy to portray her wrongly – in terms of fashion everything is spot on but we see her behind the scenes – the private side of her, not the glamourous gowns but the signature dark black shades, white stiletto heels and wool overcoat. She’s so stylish it’s probably not long until the high-street shops are stocked full of Monroe inspired items with shoppers wanting to recapture the 1950s subtle and classy look. Costume designer Jill Taylor created the vintage-style wardrobe for the film in just six weeks, purchasing items from vintage fairs and shops, auction houses and markets to give an honest and true to the character depiction of Monroe. The film is focused at a weak and vulnerable part of Monroe’s life, therefore this is played on a lot showing her wrapped up in a dressing gown, highlighting the need for comfort, not the Hollywood glamour. A must see film for everyone, especially those who adore 1950s styling which is easy enough to recreate today – grab a shirt, pencil skirt, stiletto heels, dark sunglasses and throw in some hair curlers and you are good to go.

Three – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows


It’s always nice to see Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law on the same screen so I was very much looking forward to seeing the second installment of Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows and I wasn’t disappointed – plot wise and fashion wise. Before I start I thought it best to mention first that in the film we see Downey Jr. in a dress and I thought I would also assure you that there are plenty of clever and humorous scenes in which we see Holmes camouflaged in some outrageous disguises … something that fictional character Sherlock Holmes is well known for doing so. Watson played by Jude Law and Sherlock’s sidekick is radiating style, obviously well groomed and with fashion a clear interest in his life, with his perfectly non-creased shirt,  a Harris tweed jacket, top hat and leather gloves. Holmes is looking dapper too but in his own way – he has that look that he’s just thrown something on yet looks high-class with a slightly scruffy look – whereas it’s very obvious Watson takes pride in his clothing. In one scene in the film we see Holmes wearing a wideawake hat (similar to a trilby), a heavy coat jacket, embellished waistcoat, smart trousers, a silky scarf and round teashades (glasses) – all of which is spot on or extremely similar to the Victorian era in which it is set in. Many of the clothes from the first Sherlock Holmes (2009) were kept and used for this film, as well as sourcing clothes from Cosprop – a Hampshire based costume hire company, specifically original period costumes. A brilliant wardrobe for a brilliant cast – a must see film, even if it’s just to see Downey Jr. in drag.

Four – Drive


What a year Ryan Gosling has had and to be involved in my opinion the best film (on all counts) of 2011 he has quickly became a favourite to many in the film industry. Drive, based on a Hollywood stunt performer (played by Gosling) who also has second job as a getaway driver is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and has an outstanding cast in the form of English beauty Carey Mulligan , Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (see this post) and Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks. A man of very few words (the film has little dialogue – not that this is a bad thing), Gosling wears a silver-white satin jacket which is inspired by Korean souviner jackets from the Fifties and has a scorpion motif on the back which becomes his trademark look throughout most of the film – a memorable wardrobe choice. Gosling looks effortlessly cool throughout the duration of the film (and offscreen I may add) with a slight colour coding in his costumes – the caramel brown gloves match the inner collar of his jacket which in turn matches his shoes. Gosling or the ‘unnamed driver’ wears a variety of well known brands during the film including a vintage Levi’s denim jacket which had to be multiplied by twelve due to the amount of blood in the scenes and a Henley t-shirt which originated from soldiers who wanted to wear an extra layer underneath their wool and fighting jackets which gave off a scruffy mechanic look. Only Gosling could pull of the costumes in the film, I couldn’t quite imagine the likes of say, Seth Rogen pulling off the satin jacket, aviator sunglasses and toothpick in mouth combo. Sorry Seth.

Five – The Help

Mad Men eat your heart out. Costume Designer Sharen Davis created some beautiful pieces for book adaptation The Help which is based during the 1960s and focuses on the time when African-American maids worked in white households in Jackson, Mississippi. The styling has 1960s written all over it – women’s retro tweed suits, cat-eye sunglasses, simple tea dresses and bold floral print tailored dresses – basically my idea of heaven, being a big fan of Mad Men as well. The accuracy of the costumes is perfect and presents the era properly – head to toe the characters are dressed appropriately – everything down to headwear – bows and silk scarves are included. A lot of the characters including Skeeter (played by Emma Stone) wear the classic a-line skirt with a patterned blouse or a sleeveless shirt with high-waisted trousers… very Joan Holloway or Peggy Olson. The pastel colours with full skirts nipped in at the waist are very flattering and capture a very feminine look for the cast. Oh how I wish I was born in the 60s.

There you have it, my top five fashion in film moments of 2011. What are yours?

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