BAFTA nominations announced

COSTUME DESIGN NOMINEES

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood
BLACK SWAN – Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH – Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM – Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT – Mary Zophres

Nominations have been announced for the 2011 BAFTA Awards, and there will be some strong competition in the costume department.

Still flush from the costuming success (if not the film’s critical success) of The Tourist, Colleen Atwood is nominated for her work on the spectacular Alice in Wonderland. She’s won two BAFTAs previously (for Memoirs of a Geisha, in 2006, and Sleepy Hollow in 2000). She has also won two Oscars, again for Geisha and also for Chicago in 2002, plus a slew of industry awards including for the Costume Designers Guild Awards. (My Maltesers are on Atwood for the gong.)

Nominated for The King’s Speech, Jenny Beavan has a strong history in designing costumes for period films, including Merchant Ivory productions The Remains of the Day, Howards End and A Room with a View. With longtime collaborator John Bright, she has won two BAFTAs, for Gosford Park (2002) and A Room with a View, for which she also won an Oscar. She is a multiple nominee for both awards.

Black Swan (only one more sleep for Australian fans!) could well be in the running, although the most buzz has been around the Swan Lake ballet costumes designed by Rodarte siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy, which could prove tricky.

There will be a lot of warmth being generated for the delightful Made in Dagenham, although it will likely have a tough fight ahead of it—just like its feisty female characters. Costumer designer Louise Stjernsward’s previous films have included Wimbledon, Stealing Beauty and Sexy Beast, but has won no major awards to date.

The dark horse of the race could be Mary Zophres for True Grit. While Westerns might not be traditional award-winning fodder for costumes, this is a Coen brothers movie for starters, and Zophres says in the film’s notes that this is by far the most detailed research she has ever undertaken. “I can give you a reason and a history for every single scrap of clothing in the film,” she says.

All will be unveiled on February 13.

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