2012's Best Onscreen Costumes: Our Oscar-Worthy Picks

This Sunday night, some of our all-time favorite actors and actresses will face off at the 85th Academy Awards—as will the costume designers who worked nonstop behind the scenes to create the wardrobe for their nominated films. We're thrilled that certain designers earned a nod this year—Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina and Paco Delgado for Les Misérables, for instance—but there are a good handful of flicks we wish had been nominated for their costumes, too.

Click through to see which onscreen wardrobes we loved most last year—both the Oscar-eligible and the sadly snubbed—as well as to learn our personal pick for Best Costume Design.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Why: Colleen Atwood's incredible skill is most apparent in the looks she created for Charlize Theron's evil Queen Ravenna, which range from caged bodices to intricately beaded court gowns to battle armor Atwood told us "weighed about 30 pounds."

Nominated? Yes.

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Moonrise Kingdom

Why: Fans of Wes Anderson's reliably kooky repertoire, A.P.C.'s utilitarian minimalism and general Brooklyn-hipster je ne sais quoi swooned for Kasia Walicka-Maimone's work on this flick. From Suzy's DIYed beetle earrings to the Khaki Scouts' neatly-pressed shorts and shirts to all those Peter Pan collars, the looks added so much to Anderson's sweet tale of young love.

Nominated? Nope. We're still scratching our heads over this one.

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Lincoln

Why: Joanna Johnston brought the story of our 16th prez to life with the hoopiest of hoopskirts, puffiest of puffed sleeves and tallest of top hats. And can we discuss Sally Field's epic wig for a second?

Nominated: You bet—but then again, members of the Academy basically fell all over themselves to nominate this film in every single category possible.

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Les Misérables

Why: When it comes to bringing a theatrical production to the big screen, no tiny costume detail goes unnoticed—but Paco Delgado did a brilliant job of reimagining the beloved musical. From Fantine's transformation from seamstress to prostitute to the scheming Thénardier family's wacky headwear to Javert's military garb, not a smudge of dirt or ripped seam was overlooked.

Nominated: Mais bien sûr.

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The Hunger Games

Why: Costume designer Judianna Makovsky was tasked with creating looks for the privileged citizens of the Capitol, the destitute denizens of Panem's poorer districts and the Hunger Games contestants—three wildly different tasks. It can't have been easy to bring Katniss' Reaping Day outfit or "Girl on Fire" dress to life—just think of how many millions of teens have read the books!—but Makovsky more than managed. Cinna himself would be proud.

Nominated? Unfortunately, the odds were not in this film's favor.

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Hitchcock

Why: Don Draper fanatics—us included—go crazy for Janie Bryant's looks for Mad Men, and we fell similarly hard for Julie Weiss' designs for this biopic starring Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren.

Nominated? Sadly, recent interest in '60s-era style wasn't enough to garner an Oscar nod here.

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Farewell, My Queen

Why: If you didn't catch this foreign film in theaters last year, you missed out. Not only does it feature dynamite performances from style goddess Diane Kruger and Léa Seydoux, but the opulent wardrobe—created by Christian Gasc and Valérie Ranchoux—rivals that of Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Seriously swoonworthy stuff, you guys.

Nominated? No, and we're pretty upset about that.

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Dark Shadows

Why: At this point, it's pretty safe to assume that any costumes designed by Colleen Atwood are gonna be incredible. For Dark Shadows, one of her many collaborations with director Tim Burton, Atwood deftly mixed '70s glamour with classic Gothic references. We're especially partial to those Studio 54-esque maxidresses she created for Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Nominated? No—but Atwood, who's already got three Oscars to her name, did get a nod for the aforementioned Snow White and the Huntsman. So there's that.

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Anna Karenina

Why: Jacqueline Durran's designs for the cinematic adaptation of the Tolstoy classic—so good they yielded a Banana Republic collab—were nothing short of mesmerizing. The furs! The bustles! The veiled hats! Paired with loads of glittering Chanel jewelry and influenced by '50s-era Dior couture, the wardrobe reminded us of just why we love period pieces so much (and why Keira Knightley ought to star in all of them).

Nominated: Indeed, and this marks Durran's third Academy Award nod to date. Our money's on her for the win.

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