Art and costume designs in oscar winning movies

There are lots of beautiful designs and arts used in the movies, and I would like to talk especially about arts in the academy winning movies.

The three award I want to  talk about is:

1)Best makeup and hair styling

2)Costume design

3)Best production design

First, the best makeup and hair styling. This category was made in 1981 after the oscars received complaints for not giving any awards on the makeup for the film The Elephant Man (1980).

This award is given to the makeup artists and hair stylists that have done great work in a specific film.

Suicide Squad was this year’s award winning film, and the three makeup artists, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson was honored. Each of them also have worked as makeup artists in Skyfall (2012) , Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Deadpool (2016).


Secondly, the costume design.  This award  is given to costume designers and their work in their film.It was divided into color films and black and white films when it first came out in 1949, but they made it into one category in 1958.

The first film that got this award for color was Joan of Arc (1948), and Dorothy Jeakins and Barbara Karinska was the costume designer.

for the black and white, Hamlet (1948) won this award and Roger K. Furse was the costume designer

This year’s best costume design was given to Colleen Atwood, who designed the costume of The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Colleen Atwood have also worked on costume designs on Alice in Wonderland (2010) and the TV series The Flash (2014).


Lastly,  the best production design is given to films that has the best sets and interior designs.  It was originally called the “best art direction” in 1927, and it was named “best production design” in 2012, which is very recent.

There were 2 films that got this when this award first came up and it was The Dove (1927) and Tempest  (1928). Both film interior was designed by William Cameron Menzies.

The film that won the best production design this year was La La Land (2016),  with the art director David Wasco and the set director Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (they are working as a husband and wife duo). They’ve also worked on films like  Pulp Fiction (1994) and Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).

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