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Flashback! Jennifer Lawrence once again hits Oscars carpet in red gown

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The more things change, the more things stay the same.

Jennifer Lawrence went back to basics earlier tonight when she hit the red carpet at the Oscars in a red Dior gown (right), calling to mind the Oscar winner’s first Oscar look (in Calvin Klein), back in 2011 when she was a nominee for Winter’s Bone.

Which red gown do you prefer?  READ FULL STORY

'Blue Jasmine' costume designer on working with Woody Allen, borrowing Chanel jackets

For her Oscar-nominated role in Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett required a designer-label wardrobe worthy of a wilted New York socialite. The only problem? Costume designer Suzy Benzinger had a limited, more Nordstrom Rack-esque budget. (In fact, a New York Times piece estimated that the film’s entire wardrobe budget was $35,000, which is often the cost of just one Hermes Birkin bag.)

Knockoffs simply wouldn’t do to truly sell the story of a woman who lost nearly everything except a handful of luxury goods. That’s when Benzinger — who has worked with director Woody Allen since 1994 on projects like Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity, and Whatever Works — took a deep breath and a leap of faith.

She began calling fashion houses like Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren to see what strings she could pull.

“I relied on the generosity of all these designers,” Benzinger told EW. “I made a list of things I had to have for Cate’s character in order to tell the story. … Every day, my assistant and I would go through [the list] and I would say, ‘I’m going to call Hermes up. Wish me luck. I’ve got to get this Birkin bag.’ Every day we’d check off things on our list. [When] I got to the Chanel jackets, I thought, ‘Everything is going fabulous and this is where it’ll stop. … I’m not going to get the Chanel jacket. We’re going to try though. Wish me luck.’ When we got that, I burst into tears. I thought, ‘How did I get my whole wish list?’”

The costume designer admitted her experience was far from the norm. While brands often loan to celebrities for the red carpet, they rarely loan to films. “None of my friends who are costume designers have had the same experience that I’ve had,” she said, crediting Cate Blanchett’s personal fashion house relationships as a huge help. “The gods were watching when Woody wrote the script, because I [initially] thought, ‘Oh my God.’ I never thought I would have gotten all these things. I really owe it to Cate.”

With one character down, Benzinger turned her attention to Jasmine’s sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), who had a more casual aesthetic that reflected the character’s working class status. For this, the costume designer bargain hunted at stores like Century 21 in New York and Loehmann’s in San Francisco, where Blue Jasmine was shot. The biggest irony? “Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe cost more than Cate Blanchett’s. Isn’t that hysterical? I actually spent more money on Sally then I did on Cate. You have to laugh. But it’s only because of the generosity of designers like Karl Lagerfeld.”

Thanks to her thriftiness, Benzinger is nominated for her first Costume Designers Guild Award. “I’ve been doing this for many, many years. It’s nice to get the recognition on this. My feeling is that it’s for the whole Woody Allen family.”

Read on for our exclusive Q&A with Benzinger to learn what makes a Woody Allen set different from all others, Sally Hawkins’ surprising reaction to her wardrobe, who kept those designer pieces, and what it was like working with Bill Murray on Ghostbusters. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: The makeup of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and creating a realistic portrait of AIDS

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When you think about the look of Dallas Buyers Club, makeup probably isn’t top of mind. Everyone knows about Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s extreme physical transformations and Jean-Marc Vallée’s preference for natural light and handheld realism, but to the untrained eye, beyond the transgender beauty makeup on Leto’s Rayon, it might be hard to see on the surface why the film is one of the three Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominees.

All Matthew McConaughey had to do was gain and lose that weight, right? Wrong.

“People don’t realize how much makeup is actually in the movie, but that’s the ultimate compliment. That’s exactly what I was trying to do,” makeup lead Robin Mathews told EW.

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'The Invisible Woman' designer on the film's Oscar nominated costumes

The Invisible Woman opened in limited release on Christmas Day, but the small period drama caught the eye of Academy voters, who recognized costume designer Michael O’Connor with an Oscar nomination.

The Ralph Fiennes directed film, which takes place in Victorian England, tells the story of Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), the author’s secret mistress and muse.

“The inspiration came from Victorian art and painters like Frith who did Derby Day. [We also looked to] Charles Dickens — his writing, his life, the stories he wrote, the way he described people,” O’Connor told EW. What was the designer’s reaction to hearing the news that his work had scored him an Oscar nod? “It’s odd. You kind of think, ‘I wonder how?’ But I’m thrilled.”

O’Connor, who had previously worked with Fiennes on the 2008 historical drama The Duchess (for which won the costume Oscar), said that the actor-director was involved in every aspect of Invisible Woman. “Ralph was there at my initial meetings with the other actors to see their responses and how my ideas played,” the designer remembers. “He understands the feelings of the actors and what they may be thinking in that early stage.”

Read on for an exclusive Q&A with O’Connor and see the designer’s Invisible Woman costume sketches.

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Oscars 2014: The nominees for best costume design are...

The wardrobe designers for the Roaring ’20s set The Great Gatsby, ’70s con-artist comedy American Hustle, and the powerfully moving 12 Years a Slave are among this year’s Oscar nominees for best costume design.

Catherine Martin was recognized twice for her work on Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby, scoring nominations in the costume design and production design categories. If she wins them both, it won’t be the first time she’ll have to give two acceptance speeches — in 2002, Martin took home the costume and production Oscars for Moulin Rouge. Martin designed most of the costumes for Gatsby herself, supplementing her work with flapperesque dresses from the Prada archives, and suits co-designed with Brooks Brothers.

Michael Wilkinson helped David O. Russell resurrect the Disco era for Hustle, outfitting Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in a mix of vintage Halston gowns and custom cut-down-to-there dresses — not to mention Adams’ sexy macrame swimsuit — and putting Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in gaudy period suits that were so bad they were good.

Patricia Norris, who says she took the job in part because she’d never worked on a period film set in the 1800s, created costumes for more than 100 actors with speaking parts in 12 Years a Slave. Today’s nod brings the 82 year-old Norris’ career Oscar nominations count to six — will this be the year she finally wins one?

Like many of the other categories, there were a couple of surprises and a few snubs. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Knoxville's 'Bad Grandpa' could win an Oscar

UPDATE (Jan. 16, 2014): Steve Prouty nominated for an Academy Award in Best Makeup and Hairstyling

ORIGINAL POST: Most Hollywood makeup artists breathe easier knowing that flaws in their work won’t be obvious to the audience thanks to elements like camera lenses and lighting — plus, any manner of sins can be corrected in post. The Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa crew didn’t have that luxury. Instead, they had to turn 40-something Johnny Knoxville into an 86-year-old man by creating a makeup that looked believable in real life to people who would be just inches away from the actor’s face.

Faced with a nearly 10-month long shoot, three-plus hour daily makeup sessions, and the ever-present possibility that Knoxville would do something like throw himself through a glass window, lead makeup special effects artist Steve Prouty knew he had his work cut out for him. And boy, did his work pay off.

Not only did Knoxville make a convincing octogenarian, now Prouty and his team are in contention for an Oscar.

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Betsey Johnson's first reality show trailer, Beyonce's world tour wardrobe, and more

Beyoncé will wear costumes designed by DSquared2 for her “Mrs. Carter” world tour kicking off April 15. The look will be inspired by the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 “Glamazon” collection which paid tribute to iconic ’90s faces. [Vogue]

Get makeup tips and tricks from the set of Mad Men straight from the show’s makeup artist Lana Horochowski. [The Cut]

A documentary about former French Vogue Carine Roitfeld and the creation of the first issue of her publication, CR Fashion Book, is set to debut during Cannes next month before opening for wider release in September. [Fashionista]

See the design for the $300 million Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ movie museum, that’s slated to open in 2017. [Oscars]

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Maggie Simpson considers her Oscars outfit options: Vote for your favorite

The hottest celebrity on this year’s Oscars red carpet may be a 25-year-old baby.

Maggie Simpson, the spiky-haired scion of America’s favorite cartoon family, will make her Academy Awards debut this year as the star of The Longest Daycare, a four-minute film that’s up for Best Animated Short Film. And since the Dolby Theatre is just a bit fancier than Springfield’s Ayn Rand School for Tots, the baby will be ditching her trademark blue bow and dress for something a little more special. (Naturally, each of her sartorial options comes with a matching special occasion pacifier.)

Check out Maggie’s other choices on the following pages — and vote for your favorite on The Simpsons‘s Facebook page before the Oscars telecast this Sunday.

NEXT: A tiered gown fit for a little princess

Snow White Fashion Face-Off: Kristen Stewart vs. Lily Collins -- POLL

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best dressed Snow White of all? We won’t know for sure until the Academy Awards are handed out on Feb 24.

Both Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror scored nominations in the Costume Design category.

Three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood created over 2,000 costumes for the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman, including the earth-toned peasant dress and suit of armor worn by Kristen Stewart’s warrior princess Snow.

Lily Collins channeled the traditional fairy tale version of the character in Mirror Mirror, wearing ornately embroidered gowns by the late Eiko Ishioka, who won an Academy Award for her work on Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula.

Who was the best dressed Snow White on the big screen? Cast your vote in the poll below!  READ FULL STORY

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