2013's Best Movie Costumes: Our Oscar-Worthy Picks


Why: I've already waxed poetic about the beautifully gothic, proper yet sultry wardrobe designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (aka "Kurt and Bart") created for Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman's characters in this psychological thriller. Proof that big-screen costumes don't have to be over-the-top to make a serious statement.

Nominated? Alas, no.

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Yesterday morning, the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced—and come March 2, a handful of our favorite actors, actresses and directors will battle it out for those shiny statuettes at the big event.

But lest we forget, the folks in front of the camera aren't the only ones vying for Oscar gold; thanks to the Academy's costume design category, the people responsible for much of the overall aesthetic of these remarkable movies will also be up for major honors. And while we were thrilled (although not entirely surprised) to see American Hustle's Michael Wilkinson and The Great Gatsby's Catherine Martin receive their nods, many beautifully-costumed flicks were unfortunately overlooked. Click through above to see which movie wardrobes I loved most last year—both the Oscar-eligible and the sadly snubbed.

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