Two costume designers. Two ends of the spectrum. Two totally different Oscar experiences.
On Thursday morning, Joanna Johnston landed her first Academy Award nomination for her costuming work on Steven Spielberg’s period biopic “Lincoln.” Colleen Atwood, meanwhile, picked up her 10th Oscar nod – on the heels of three previous Oscar wins – for her efforts outfitting nearly 3,000 actors on the fairy-tale thriller “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
For her part, Johnston was feeling “woolly” on nominations morning, having flown to Los Angeles from London the night before, only to discover the movie she was planning to work on next — Spielberg’s sci-fi epic “Roboapocalypse” — had halted production plans because the director felt it was becoming too expensive to produce.
Just as she was trying to digest that bad news and regroup, she learned of her nomination.
“I’m kind of having an out-of-body experience,” Johnston said. “Life’s a roller coaster.”
Her costume designs — based on meticulous photographic research Johnston conducted to discover how Washington politicians dressed in 1865 — will also go up against Jacqueline Durran’s for “Anna Karenina,” Paco Delgado’s costumes for “Les Misérables” and Eiko Ishioka’s work on “Mirror Mirror.”