2nd TFO Awards PART 2: Visual Categories 1

The following awards are:

Best Art Direction (Contemporary)

Best Art Direction (Period)

Best Costume Design (Contemporary)

Best Costume Design (Period)

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Note: Some may ask, why is there a need to separate contemporary and period films? It’s for the simple reason that they are so different and so hard to compare. You can never rightfully what’s the one with a better design here – a living room set in 2000’s or a living room set in the 1950’s. No matter how open-minded you are, the requirements and the expectations will always be different. So, I took the freedom of separating it.

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Best Art Direction (Contemporary)

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Black Swan – (AD) Therese DePrez, (SD) Tora Peterson

Aside from the showier efforts in the stage with those beautiful backdrops, what makes the film even more fascinating are the hidden clues and hints all around the place. Each room has something to say to each character – Nina’s bedroom, Erica’s painting room, the hallway.

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Dogtooth – (AD) Stavros Hrysiogiannis, (SD) Elli Papageorgakopolou

Their world is so clean, with all of those white walls, glasses, and light colored furniture, perfectly contrasting how sick their lifestyle is. It’s almost pristine in color but it’s one nightmarish house we got here.

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The Ghost Writer – (AD) Albrecht Konrad, (SD) Bernard Henrich, Uli Isfort

Naturally speaking, I’d live in that hose. But the power that the prime minister has in the house is so evident – the office with the big glass – it’s as if someone’s looking at you. There’s always something wrong in it.

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I Am Love – (AD) Francesca Balestra Di Mottola, (SD) Monica Sironi

When you have costumes with complete fashion statement about the Recchi’s social class, all you need to do is put them in a house. And wasn’t it a very fine choice – warm colors all around, yet so classy, and so sophisticated.

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Inception – (AD) Guy Hendrix Dyas, (SD) Larry Dias, Douf Mowat

When you’re dream is engineered by someone for some heist, you’ve got to have something. The result? Hallways, bedrooms, fortress – so slickly designed, yet always suggests something surreal. And that hallway is classic.

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Gold: Inception

Silver: I Am Love

Bronze: Black Swan

Runners-Up: Dogtooth, The Ghost Writer
Finalists: Let Me In, The Social Network, TRON: Legacy, Monsters, Letters to Juliet, Burlesque, For Colored Girls
Semi-Finalists: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Tourist, The Last Exorcism, Shake Rattle and Roll 12 – Punerarya Episode, Rabbit Hole, Tamara Drewe, Fish Tank, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shortlisted: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Best Art Direction (Period)

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Agora – (AD) Guy Hendrix Dyas, (SD) Larry Dias

The library itself is a classy work. The streets are filled with such enormous detail yet it almost blurs so we can focus more on the characters. The rooms are lit with candles and the rooms are decorated with full specificity.

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The King’s Speech – (AD) Eve Stewart, (SD) Judy Farr

Bertie’s room is the most memorable of all (with that wall). But the rest of the scenes are with restraint in its design, but still, the choice of colors in the wall, the things placed, the floor, all make an almost claustrophobic aura that fits the main character’s point of view.

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Shutter Island – (AD) Dante Feretti, (SD) Francesca Lo Schiavo

The choice of the prison itself proved to be a very successful choice. It suggests a very nocturnal nature, but also very psychological. It’s easy to terrify using the production design, but this one builds up the horror in it.

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True Grit – (AD) Jess Gonchor, (SD) Nancy Haigh

The Western world felt so real. Everything’s made of wood, but aside from its beauty, it also evokes the reality of this world. That town is one hell of a good job.

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The Wolfman – (AD) Rick Heinrichs, (SD) John Bush

Aside from the visual effects and makeup, the production design is very much evident. Of course, there are times when it’s showing off, but how can you object if it was done so well?

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Gold: The King’s Speech

Silver: True Grit

Bronze: Agora

Runners-Up: Shutter Island, The Wolfman
Finalists: Never Let Me Go, Nowhere Boy, Made in Dagenham, Alice in Wonderland, Flipped, Secretariat, Get Low
Semi-Finalists: All Good Things, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Way Back, The Tempest

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Best Costume Design (Contemporary)

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Black Swan – Amy Westcott, Rodarte

The ballet costumes are gorgeous, but never  ignore the slow metamorphosis of Nina very much evident in her clothes throughout the film.

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Burlesque – Michael Kaplan

The outfit by the performers are really sexy, but the naughtiness of the performances are distinctive from one another, it never gets one-note.

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I Am Love – Antonella Cannarozzi

Rich does not just mean good clothes. The colors of the colors register very strong personality. Each member of the family suit the clothes they wear.

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Rabbit Hole – Ann Roth

I know, what a choice. If you look at the finalists, they are showier, but the simplicity, functionality, and suitability of the clothes are the sources of the beauty in it.

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TRON: Legacy – Michael Wilkinson

The work in this is so seamless, it almost blends in with the visual effects and the production design. Authentically futuristic in appeal without overdoing it.

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Gold: I Am Love – Antonella Cannarozzi

Silver: Black Swan – Amy Westcott, Rodarte

Bronze: TRON: Legacy – Michael Wilkinson

Runners-Up: Rabbit Hole, Burlesque
Finalists: For Colored Girls, The Tourist, Letters to Juliet, Cairo Time, The Social Network, Inception, Eat Pray Love
Semi-Finalists: Tamara Drewe, The Ghost Writer, Country Strong, Morning Glory, Lovely Still, Fair Game, The Kids Are All Right, The Joneses

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Best Costume Design (Period)

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Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

The costumes are over-the-top, yet suits so much the nature of the film.

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Flipped – Durinda Wood

Least showiest of the bunch, but sets the movie in the right time and mood quite fantastically.

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The King’s Speech – Jenny Beavan

Actually, it’s a subtle work for a period piece, but even then, you know that it’s there, and that’s a very good sign.

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Made in Dagenham – Louise Stjernsward

The film itself is colorful, and the costumes doesn’t disappoint. The red dress that Hawkins loaned from Pike is already a classic.

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Nowhere Boy – Julian Day

Suits the characters very well. Notice the contrast between Duff’s strong colors with low neckline and Scott-Thomas’ confined and muted attire.

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Gold: Flipped – Durinda Wood

Silver: Made in Dagenham – Louise Stjernsward

Bronze: Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Runners-Up: The King’s Speech, Nowhere Boy
Finalists: Agora, True Grit, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Wolfman, Never Let Me Go, All Good Things, Secretariat
Semi-Finalists: Shutter Island, Get Low

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Previous Awards page:

Scene Categories

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So far, how are your bets doing?

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