The costumes in “The Great Gatsby”, let alone any Baz Luhrmann film, are an integral part of the experience. Especially in “Gatsby”, the costumes jump off the pages of a F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel, and Luhrmann along with costume designer Catherine Martin, capture this perfectly. Whether it be the suave way that they dress their Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio, or the amazing dresses placed on their Daisy, Carey Mulligan, these costumes do mark the best of the year and as a favorite to win at the moment, I will be so absolutely happy to see them win. Catherine Martin is Luhrmann’s longtime partner in crime and has been nominated six times working on his films, winning Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design on the film “Moulin Rouge” (2001). It’s only real competition in this category is “American Hustle”, which also carries iconic costumes that will not soon be forgotten, but of the two films, I’d place “The Great Gatsby” as an easy favorite.
Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Production Design was also a major category for “The Great Gatsby” and carrying the words out of the book and onto the screen. From the house designs, to the elaborate parties, to even the first meeting of Daisy and Nick in the room full of curtains (which really does jump right off the page) as well as Daisy and Gatsby’s reuniting in the room full of flowers. All of these moments of production design help create a distinctive feel and if there’s one thing Luhrmann excels at, its creating a distinctive style, to which he is often given grief for. However, even though “The Great Gatsby” was not entirely received with open arms this year, I feel like the costume design and production design are of higher caliber than anything else out there and for that, I feel like we will see Catherine Martin receive her second award in both categories.
// Produced by Baz Luhrmann, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Catherine Martin, and Catherine Knapman //
// Directed by Baz Luhrmann //
// Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 // BLU-RAY // 16 films – 19 days //