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“This time around we made Peeta’s character much more masculine,” Ms. Summerville said. She laughed as she recounted meeting Josh Hutcherson, the actor who plays him, and saw how athletic he was.

Using jackets and more structured pieces that amped up his already muscular physique, she accentuated his rapid maturation between the first and second films, and hinted at the emotional and sexual allure that drew Katniss to him initially. Ms. Summerville used a lot of subdued greens in Peeta’s wardrobe “because Katniss’s favorite color is green,” she said, “so subliminally, he’s always trying to woo her.” (X)

One night only…. Girl on Fire!

I wanted to imagine what it would be like if the Capitol advertised the tributes during the victory tour as if they were happy, sexy people, putting on a show like the Moulin Rouge. I based this concept on Rene Gruau’s posters for the famous cabaret. 

Oscar Talk 2014: Films Completely Snubbed by the Academy

The Oscar Nominations are always exciting, but once when things settle down, you being to think of films that were completely ignored by the Academy. In honor of the nine Best Picture nominees, here are nine films that were completely shut out of this year’s awards season. 

Blue is the Warmest Color

Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Foreign Film

Signs of any nominations became grim when France chose not to submit this film to represent their country in the Foreign Language Film category. However, had they chose this edgy NC-17 love story, not only would it have been nominated, it probably would have won. And as we’ve seen in the past, foreign films can reap Best Picture bids (last year’s Amour) Other categories that this film was up for including Adèle Exarchopoulos for Best Actress, Léa Seydoux for Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Enough Said

Potential Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Enough Said was certainly the best romantic comedy of the year. Although comedies aren’t nearly as praised in the Best Picture category, there was plenty of buzz for the late James Gandolfini’s performance and for Nicole Holofcener’s Original Screenplay. 

Fruitvale Station

Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

A while back, Fruitvale Station was in the running for a Best Picture spot. The film followed in the steps of last year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, another small, low-budget summer indie film. Ultimately, it failed to do so. Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer were getting plenty of praise for their performances and writer/director Ryan Coogler has emerged as one of 2013’s breakthrough filmmakers. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Potential Nominations: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Hairstyling & Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song

Big Hollywood blockbusters are rarely taken seriously. However, the production value of Catching Fire exceeds its predecessor in every way. Nominations for Art Direction, Costume Design, Hairstyling & Makeup, and Visual Effects were certainly considered or at least they should have been.


Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay 

Mud was one of the stronger Oscar potentials in the earlier half of 2013. Jeff Nichols’ followup to the equally snubbed Take Shelter received great reviews and lots of praise. Most of the acting attention went towards Matthew McConaughey, but young actor Tye Sheridan gave in my opinion one of the best performances of the year.  


Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Hairstyling & Makeup, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

The most noticeably snubbed movie of the year is definitely Rush. You can say that the film was running out of gas towards the voting, but many assumed it would nab at least one of the many technical awards. Most of the awards attention went towards Daniel Brühl as he earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice, and SAG nominations, but failed to make the cut at the Oscars. 

Short Term 12

Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song

Short Term 12 was a darling film in the indie scene. Most of its attention was going towards a long shot nomination rising star Brie Larson. Also getting glimmers of attention are the adapted screenplay and the supporting performance of Keith Stanfield, which includes an original rap. 


Potential Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction

Easily the first great movie of 2013 was Stoker. It was hot off the festival circuit and received stellar reviews, but a long year of movies pushed this thriller under the rug. Essentially it could have been up for many, many Oscar nominations had it been release in the fall rather than early spring. 

The Way, Way Back

Potential Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay

The Way, Way Back was declared one of the best films of the summer. Lighter, coming-of-age comedies usually get a bad rep in the Academy. However, Sam Rockwell gives a career-best performance and Allison Janney is also delightful in the ensemble cast. Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) were also considered early on for Best Original Screenplay. 

Click on the link below to see my complete thoughts on this year’s Oscar Nominations!

For me, Effie is kind of always the candy in the room. But Effie’s own struggle, because inherently she knows what she’s doing, is horrible –she’s picking kids to go and murder each other and kill each other and die. So with her, it was always having her kind of teetering on shoes that really weren’t balanced, or having her waist always pinched in a little too tight. It’s almost like her own penance to herself, that she can’t quite ever settle into her own life because she always has to be on her toes, and always has to be Effie Trinket. And so that’s a reminder to her that she can never really be relaxed because no one is safe.
—  Trish Summerville (Catching Fire’s Costume Designer) on Effie Trinket’s character

Jennifer Lawrence & Francis Lawrence on ‘Catching Fire’ Costumes:

Francis Lawrence: Yeah. Well, sometimes practicality gets tricky. The wedding dress was pretty impractical. Jen was falling a lot in it.

Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah, the wedding dress was incredible, it’s stunning and unbelievable. I’m not good with big dresses, and stairs. I didn’t know that until afterwards, I wish I would have known! [laughs]

Trish Summerville Nominated for Designers Guild Award

Nominees for the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards, which celebrate excellence in film, television and commercial costume design, were announced today, and Trish Summerville has been nominated for Excellence in Fantasy Film for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire! The winners of the seven competitive awards will be revealed at the gala on Saturday, Feb.22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville shares some of the inspiration behind the costumes of Catching Fire.