Now I’m well into my roundup of this year’s Academy Awards and the more I write about it, the more I realise just how many surprises there actually were. In my first blog I spoke about the acting awards (here) and the following posts looked at the creative awards with the first batch here and the second lot here.
In this post, I will discuss the last batch of”creative awards”: Best Original Score, Best Song, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Production Design.
Best Original Score
This year’s win in this category was surprising, going to Ludwig Gorranson for his score for blockbuster Black Panther. Up to this point, Black Panther had been sweeping the technical categories and minor creative categories with multiple wins so this wasn’t as much of a shock on the night. However, I personally preferred Nicholas Brittell’s spectacular work for Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk and hoped that he would grab the win. I hope that there are many Jenkins/Brittell collaborations in the future and I am sure that he will win his Oscar one day.
This is the one category where they may as well not have even had any other nominees. Smash it “Shallow” from A Star is Born is instantly recognisable even to those who haven’t seen the film. It is a brilliant track and definitely the highlight of the film. Personally, the film overall was a little underwhelming for my taste but this win was beyond deserving. Not to mention the undeniable chemistry between the film’s leads, Bradley Cooper (who directed the film) and Lady Gaga (who won the Oscar for her songwriting), which was one of the major talking points of the night. I think the song’s place in the film is the perfect starting point for the relationship of the two characters. I’d honestly be surprised if anyone voted otherwise just because it was pretty much a given as soon as the film was released.
Best Costume Design
Another category won by Black Panther and I can see why. One of the standout features of the film, the costumes were perfectly balanced between vibrant and muted costumes that had an eclectic mix between traditional tribal costume and a futuristic feel. I loved the hand-knitted pieces especially. Ruth E. Carter’s speech was one of my favourites of the night. I was sad that Sandy Powell didn’t win for The Favourite but the costumes in Black Panther are unique and haven’t been done before whereas I think The Favourite was enhanced by the makeup (badger) than the costumes themselves.
Seeing as The Favourite was weirdly snubbed in this category, I am happy to see Vice recognised for the amazing transformation of its leading cast. The makeup allowed Christian Bale in particular to be completely lost in the role of vice president Dick Cheney. I personally enjoyed Vice a lot more than other people did so to see it win at all is welcome news.
Best Production Design
Another gong that went to Black Panther, I do think that this one should have gone to The Favourite. I understand that I am very biased to The Favourite but I do think it lost in categories that it shouldn’t have necessarily lost in. But also, these two films have great production design in their own way. Black Panther is a film that travels which gives the production team a chance to show of an array of various designs whereas The Favourite is mainly set in the one palace and is brilliantly designed to feel claustrophobic despite being an enormous estate.
That’s it for the creative awards. My next Oscars roundup will look at the technical awards.
What do you think of the winners? Do you agree with my thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!