Best Costume Design Oscar Noms for Sandy Powell and Mayes C. Rubeo

ICM Partners is proud to represent not one, but two extraordinary talents nominated for Best Costume Design at this weekend’s 92nd Academy Awards. The artistry of both women – Sandy Powell for The Irishman, and Mayes C. Rubeo for Jojo Rabbit – made indelible contributions to realizing the historical periods and the vivid characters that shaped both films.

The Irishman Oscar nomination marks the ninth nomination for the British-born Powell, who has previously won three Oscars for her work in Shakespeare in Love (1998), The Aviator (2004), andThe Young Victoria (2009). Operating at the top of her profession, Powell began her career studying at London’s Central School for Art and Design, now Central Saint Martins, the preeminent school for fashion design. She quickly made a name for herself in the London fashion scene, which led to close relationships with artists and filmmakers. Over the years, Powell has cemented herself as a leading costume designer for film, having now worked with Martin Scorsese on seven pictures, including Killers of the Flower, which is currently in production.

“The job is not making actors look nice in clothes,” Powell recently told W Magazine about her work. “It’s about making actors believable as their characters, about making the story work” Making this story work, which took place across multiple decades, called for historical accuracy, a designer’s eye, and also a sense of ingenuity. Robert De Niro alone had a record-breaking 102 costume changes in the film.

Mayes C. Rubeo also broke a record for her work on Jojo Rabbit, for which she also picked up a CDG Award in Excellence in Period Film. The Mexico City native’s Oscar nomination makes her the first Latina to ever be nominated in the category for Best Costume Design. Rubeo was stunned to not only receive her first Oscar nomination, but to also earn such a significant title in the history books when she learned of her nomination.

“I said, ‘No, no. It can’t be!’ then there were about five minutes of me saying, ‘Oh, my God…’” she said in a recent interview with the LA Times. Rubeo’s work on the historical comedy/drama also earned her nominations from the BAFTAs as well as a Costume Designers Guild. “I’m very happy, excited, euphoric. All of the above,” Rubeo added. “It’s a wonderful time for me.”

We wish both women the best of luck at the upcoming Academy Awards.