“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
The costumes of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” should be catnip for the Oscar voters this year. Not only is it a period piece set in several different eras, including the 1930s and ’60s, but it also has a fantasy style to it, with rich colors and on-the-nose representations of those eras, as ridiculous as they may be. The uniforms of the employees at the hotel set the tone for the entire film. By making them so distinct, if I am to see these costumes in the distant future, it will remind immediately of this film. On top of that, the costumes add to the humorous and sometimes awkward nature of the characters, whether its the ridiculous lobby boy hat that Zero wears or the get-ups Gustave and Zero wear incognito, each stylistic choice brings out certain facets of the character that otherwise would not be present.
What’s its competition? As I keep stating, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has nine nominations, making it an odds-on favorite to at least take home a few. My biggest bets are on it taking Best Production Design as well as Best Costume Design. With a Best Picture nomination to back it up, it should not have too hard of a time getting the win. That is, unless, they decide to give it to Colleen Atwood (“Into The Woods”), an Academy favorite with ten previous nominations and three wins. Her work in fantasy has definitely gotten her noticed as of late and could prove the main competition in this category. That being said, Milena Canonero has had a total of nine nominations, so she too is known well among the Academy, also having three previous wins. Still, my money would probably go on Canonero, just in order to honor “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in whatever way possible, since it likely won’t be taking the bigger awards.
// Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson // Directed by Wes Anderson //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 25th, 2015 // BLU-RAY // 33 films – 29 days //