This week I've been featuring the Oscar nominees for Best Costumes, and on Friday I'll ask you to vote for the one you think should win. In the meantime, I've planned this week's Movie Night around three movies that I think were completely deserving of their Best Costume wins.
One of my all-time favorite movies, Amadeus is so much more than just an amazing period piece. It tells the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, rising to fame in the early 19th century. The costumes do an impressive job of pulling you into the incredible opulence of that time period and class, though my favorite part is Tom Hulce, who makes Mozart into a very funny, enthusiastic, and flawed genius.
For two more stunning picks,
Shakespeare in Love
This film earned Gwyneth Paltrow the Best Actress Oscar in 1999, though personally, I was more impressed with the costumes than with her performance. Just look at this peacock-feather contraption that they managed to pour Judi Dench into — it is a work of art! Oh yeah, and the film is about William Shakespeare, you know, falling in love and writing one of his Great Plays. If you are impressed by costumes and love a good two hours of Shakespeare references, this is the film for you.
Sometimes written with an exclamation point (like this: Moulin Rouge!), this movie is a feast for the senses — or rather, a feast for the senses! Fun music, dance and flashy costumes — who could ask for anything more? Nicole Kidman is delicate and beautiful as Satine, the object of desire for Christian (the dreamy Ewan McGregor), a bohemian poet. Their romance plays out inside the famous Parisian club, the Moulin Rouge, where people of all classes would collectively enjoy a little can-can. The rich colors and passionate mood of this film will make you swoon.