The 95th Academy Awards Race: Best Costume Design

| February 25, 2023

The Nominees are . . .
• Mary Zophres for Babylon
• Ruth Carter for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
• Catherine Martin for Elvis
• Shirley Kurata for Everything Everywhere All At Once
• Jenny Beaven for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

The costume awards are always the most fun to predict because the work is always so varied and so colorful and this year is no exception.  The five costume designers this year are all women, four previous nominees and a new kid.

There are two veterans. old pros at this particular game.  First is four-time nominee Ruth Carter who previously won for Black Panther and now returns with another nomination for the sequel.  Not merely a glorified rerun, this time she has outdone herself, fashioning not only the regal look of Wakana’s royalty and military, but also Submariner’s ancient Mayan civilization.

The other is Carter’s chief competition, four-time nominee, two-time winner (and frontrunner) Catherine Martin whose task on Elvis was to trace The King’s journey from the pink and purple outfits of his rebellious youth in the 1950s to the technicolor pastels of his movie career in the 1960s through the glam rock comeback of the 1970s.

They both face Mary Zophres who recreated the looks of 1920s Hollywood in Babylon; 12-time nominee, 3-time winner Jenny Beaven who was responsible for the 1950s French couture style in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris; and first-time nominee Shirley Kurata who had to create all those multiverse variations for Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The Winner: Catherine Martin for Elvis
The Dark Horse: Ruth Carter for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

About the Author:

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.