William Chang Suk Ping | The Grandmaster
Disclaimer: The following should be taken with a very large grain of salt. I am fashion ignorant and, as I’m sure those who are forced to look at me everyday can attest, barely able to dress myself. To make matters even worse, I have not seen The Grandmaster or The Invisible Woman. My choice of The Grandmaster is more than baseless, it is contrarian, as I’ve already picked 12 Years A Slave’s Fassbender and Nyong’o to win in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress caterogies. (Spoiler Alert: 12 Years will make more than one other appearance in my picks)
All of the nominees are period pieces, The Grandmaster set in Republican-era China, The Invisible Woman in Charles Dickens-era England, American Hustle in 1970’s America, 12 Years a Slave in the Antebellum South, and The Great Gatsby in America’s Roaring Twenties. Because each is set in a particular time period, I find them hard to compare. None is really too different from the other. Each merely copies popular dress at the time. America in the 1970s and 1920s are the easiest, additionally any costume’s designed to promote outrageously garish Brooks Brothers suits should be automatically disqualified. The Invisible Woman and 12 Years a Slave deal with roughly the same time period and neither clearly outdoes the other.
That leaves The Grandmaster. Solely from glancing over several screenshots, it seems to me that William Chang Suk Ping’s choice in wardrobe does more than try to depict how people dressed in the past. It appears each outfit contributes on an artistic level to the film.
Feel free to disregard.