The Best Costume Design Oscar was first given out in 1948.  At first, there were separate categories for black-and-white and color films.  Edith Head had the most nominations with 35!  She won 8, also a record.

Seven Samurai


Oscar Nominations

Best Costume Design-Kohei Ezaki

Best B&W Cinematography-Takashi Matsuyama

Villagers hire seven samurai to protect them.

Nicholas and Alexandra


Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Yvonne Blake and Antonio Castillo

Best Art Direction-Ernest Archer, John Box, Jack Maxsted, and Gil Parrondo (Art Direction); Vernon Dixon (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Sam Spiegel)

Best ActressJanet Suzman as Empress Alexandra

Best Original Dramatic ScoreRichard Rodney Bennett

Best CinematographyFreddie Young

The story of the fall of the last Tsar of Russia.

The Facts of Life


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Edith Head and Edward Stevenson

Oscar Nominations

Best B&W Art DirectionJoseph McMillan Johnson and Kenneth A. Reid (Art Direction); Ross Dowd (Set Decoration)

Best B&W CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.

Best Song“The Facts of Life” by Johnny Mercer

Best Original ScreenplayMelvin Frank and Norman Panama

Two people are tempted to commit adultery.

Travels with My Aunt


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Anthony Powell

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressMaggie Smith as Augusta Bertram

Best Art DirectionJohn Box, Robert W. Laing, and Gil Parrondo

Best CinematographyDouglas Slocombe

A young man gets caught-up in his aunt’s schemes.



Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Anthony Powell

Best Art DirectionPierre Guffroy and Jack Stephens

Best Cinematography-Geoffrey Unsworth (posthumous) and Ghislain Cloquet

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Claude Berri and Timothy Burrill)

Best Director (Roman Polanski)

Best Original ScorePhillipe Sarde

A farm girl goes through hell when she is shipped off to work for a wealthy family.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?


Oscar Winner

Best B&W Costume Design-Norma Koch

Oscar Nominations

Best ActressBette Davis as Jane Hudson

Best Supporting ActorVictor Buono as Edwin Flagg

Best B&W CinematographyErnest Haller

Best Sound Recording-Joseph D. Kelly

Has anyone seen the FX series Feud?

A Room with a View


Oscar Winners

Best Costume Design-Jenny Beavan and John Bright

Best Adapted ScreenplayRuth Prawler Jhabvala

Best Art DirectionGianni Quaranta and Brian Ackland-Snow (Art Direction); Brian Savegar and Elio Altramura (Set Decoration)

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Ismail Merchant)

Best Director (James Ivory)

Best Supporting ActorDenholm Elliott as Mr. Emerson

Best Supporting ActressMaggie Smith as Charlotte Bartlett

Best CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts

A straight-laced young woman vacationing in Florence, Italy has her eyes opened to another side of life.



Oscar Winners

Best B&W Costume Design-Julie Harris

Best ActressJulie Christie as Diana Scott

Best Original ScreenplayFrederic Raphael

Oscar Nominations

Best Picture (Joseph Janni)

Best Director (John Schlesinger)

A young model drifts through life and relationships.

The Age of Innocence


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Gabriella Pescucci

Oscar Nominations

Best Supporting ActressWinona Ryder as May Welland

Best Adapted ScreenplayMartin Scorsese and Jay Cocks

Best Original ScoreElmer Bernstein

Best Art DirectionDante Ferretti (Art Direction) and Robert J. Franco (Set Decoration)

This movie is the replacement for the TCM premiere of 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

A man falls for his fiancee’s cousin.

Les Girls


Oscar Winner

Best Costume Design-Orry-Kelly

Oscar Nominations

Best Sound Recording-Wesley C. Miller

Best Art Direction-William A. Horning and Gene Allen(Art Direction); Edwin B. Willis and Richard Pefferle (Set Decoration)

One woman from a dance troupe writes a tell-all book and is sued for libel.



Star of the Month: Clark Gable (Tuesdays in May)

TCM salutes the King of Hollywood with 57 films and 39 of them featuring his mustache!

Mariah’s Picks

It Happened One Night (1934)-Clark Gable takes off his shirt and sales of undershirts plummet.  Oh, he also won a Best Actor Oscar.  May 2 at 8 pm/7c.

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)-one of Gable’s films where he doesn’t have a mustache.  May 2 at 11:30 pm/10:30c.

Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)-Gable and Joan Crawford star in the first of their eight films together.  They also started an on-again-off-again affair that nearly burned down Hollywood. May 9 at 11:30pm/10:30c.

Idiot’s Delight (1939)-Gable sings and dances!  May 10 at 11:45 am/10:45c.

Gone with the Wind (1939)-the public’s only choice for the role of Rhett Butler.  May 23 at 8pm/7c.

The Misfits (1961)-Gable and Marilyn Monroe’s final film.  May 30 at 12:15 am/11:15 pm c.

TCM Spotlight: Creature Features (Thursdays in May)

TCM pays homage to the creatures that gave us nightmares with 24 films, 5 of them are TCM premieres.

Mariah’s Picks

King Kong (1933)-the first Kong is always the best Kong. May 4 at 11:15 pm/10:15c.

Them! (1954)-giant ants attack in New Mexico!  May 18 at 8pm/7c.

Gojira aka Godzilla (1954)-the film that started it all. May 18 at 9:45pm/8:45c.

Happy 50th Anniversary: 1967 (May 12 and May 19)

TCM celebrates one of the most important years in film history with 11 films airing on two consecutive Friday nights.

Mariah’s Picks

The Graduate-would you believe they tried to get Doris Day to play Mrs. Robinson?! May 12 at 8pm/7c.

In the Heat of the Night-Rod Stieger and Sidney Poitier try to solve a murder in Mississippi. May 12 at 10pm/9c.

Cool Hand Luke-Paul Newman eats a ton of eggs. May 19 at 8pm/7c.

Wait Until Dark-this is why Alan Arkin didn’t win any awards. You don’t terrorize Audrey Hepburn, especially a blind Audrey Hepburn. May 20 at 4am/3c.

Mother’s Day (May 14)



The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Orson Welles’ other masterpiece.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Considered one of the first film noirs and the directorial debut of John Huston.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

Mildred Pierce (1945)

Before you watch Jessica Lange play Crawford in FX’s Feud, watch her Oscar-winning performance and discover how the shoulder pads trend started.




Today is Miss Davis’s day with 12 films on the docket.  Here are my picks:

The Letter (1940)


Bette was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal as the murderous Leslie Crosbie who kills her lover and is blackmailed by the deceased man’s widow (Gale Sondergaard).  One of the greatest openings in American cinema.

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)


Bette terrorizes handicapped sister Joan Crawford in this thriller.  Next year ,we will see Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon take on the roles of Crawford and Davis, respectively during the making of Jane.

The Little Foxes (1941)


Watch Bette and her two brothers (Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid) tear each other apart over their daddy’s money.