Best Costume Designer Predictions for the 2023 Oscars

CDGA nominations include “Elvis,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Avatar: the Way of Water” and “Babylon.”

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We’ll be updating all of our Oscar predictions throughout the season, so stay tuned to IndieWire for the latest news on the 2023 Oscar race. The nomination round of voting will run from January 12 to January 17, 2023, and the official Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24, 2023. The final vote will take place between March 2 and 7, 2023. Finally, the 95th Academy Awards will be broadcast. on Sunday, March 12 and live on ABC at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT.

Check out our initial thoughts on what to expect at the 95th Academy Awards.

State of the species

Oscar contenders for best costumes were supported by nominations for “Elvis,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Avatar: the Way of Water” and “Babylon.” the 25th Costume Design Guild award ceremony.

Among the nominees announced Jan. 12 for excellence in costume design for science fiction/fantasy, period and contemporary films were “Hocus Pocus 2,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “Don’t Worry, Darling,” “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”, “The Woman King”, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”, “Nope”, “LIBRARY”, “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Women Talking”. The CDGAs will be held on February 27 at the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Notable omissions include Oscar winner Mark Bridges (“The Fabelmans”), Alexandra Byrne (“Empire of Light”), Sandy Powell (“Living”) and Ann Roth (“White Noise”). We’ll see if any of them end up with Academy nominations — or, for that matter, if last year’s Best Costume Design winner Jenny Beaven (“Cruella”) makes it into “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” a tour of 1950s haute couture revolving around the House of Dior.

As it stands, two-time Oscar winner Martin is the favorite to star in Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling Elvis Presley biopic — especially if Austin Butler is likely to win Best Actor for his charismatic portrayal of Presley. Martin creatively breaks down the King of Rock’s flamboyant wardrobe into ’50s teenage rebellion, ’60s Hollywood icon and ’70s Vegas glitz.

Two other past winners have the inside track for water-themed action-adventures: Ruth E. Carter (“Wakanda Forever”), who touches on ancient Mayan civilization with a touch of sea life for the underwater Talokan people in Ryan Coogler’s sequel; and Deborah L. Scott (“Avatar: The Way of Water”), who brings a new convergence of costume design and world-building to the people of Metkayina Reef in James Cameron’s sequel.

Meanwhile, the last two spots look good for Shirley Kurata (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) and Mary Zophres (“Babylon”). In Daniels’ maximalist Best Picture contender, Kurata follows a multitude of characters in the complex multiverse. But the main focus was on the colorful and exotic costumes of mother and daughter Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu for their time-jumping kung fu fights.

And Zophres gives the greatest work of his career in Damien Chazelle’s coming-of-age opus about the Hollywood bacchanal coming of age in his late 20s. He collected costumes and materials from all over the country and Europe, creating 250 speaking parts and 7,000 background players. But the highlight was dressing Margot Robbie’s It girl Nellie LaRoy, including her unforgettable red party dress.

Areas of interest:

“Elvis” (Warner Bros.)
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” (Marvel/Disney)
“Everything Everywhere All at once” (A24)
“Avatar: The Way of Water” (20th century/Disney)
“Babylon” (the most important)


“Ms. Harris Goes to Paris” (Focus)
“Garlic: The Mystery of the Knives” (Netflix)
The Woman King (Sony)
“Women Speak” (UA)
“Don’t Worry Darling” (Warner Bros.)

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