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Why Didn’t ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Get an Oscar Nod for Its Costumes?

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Will nobody think of the shorts?!

Timothée Chalamet in ‘Call Me By Your Name’
*weeps*
Photos: Sony Pictures Classics

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Dear Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,

Look, I get it. Period costumes are beautiful, and they’re also really hard to make. So I totally understand why Beauty and the Beast, Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, The Shape of Water, and Victoria & Abdul all got Best Costume Design nods this morning. Corsets and old-timey hats and three-piece suits are tricky business, after all! My only question is: Where are all the contemporary films? More specifically, where is Call Me by Your Name?

In case you’ve forgotten, Call Me by Your Name featured one of 2017’s best supporting performances, courtesy of a pair of swim trunks. Wait — make that several pairs of swim trunks.

Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
Short...
Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
Shorter...
Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
Shortest!

When I say “best supporting,” I mean it quite literally: So brief were Oliver’s (Armie Hammer) bottoms, in case you’ve forgotten, that his balls had to be digitally removed in post-production. Such a commitment to the art of cinema should surely be recognized by you, the Academy!

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
“Look Ma, no balls!”

Furthermore, have you no respect for Billowy, the button-down shirt Oliver gives to Elio (Timothée Chalamet)? The shirt so important, Call Me by Your Name author André Aciman literally called it by a name?

“Hi, I’m Oliver. And this is my shirt, Billowy.”
“Hi, I’m Oliver. And this is my shirt, Billowy.”

What of the Wayfarers Elio wears, which deftly symbolize his emotional walls whilst protecting his precious eyes from both UVA and UVB rays?

“Don’t look at me.” *opening chords of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera*
“Don’t look at me.” *opening chords of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera*

Or the vintage Converse, ingeniously teamed with striped tube socks, that catapulted the scene below to viral meme status?

Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name
AMERICA!

Academy, find me a film that makes better use of striped cotton. Go ahead, I dare you!

“Need a hand?”
“Need a hand?”

Who could have possibly felt that a waistcoated, bespectacled Gary Oldman was more deserving of fashion praise than the perfect pastel color palette below?!

I’ve got your Best Live-Action Shorts right here.
I’ve got your Best Live-Action Shorts right here.

Oh, and don’t even get me started on the black turtleneck and graphic printed shirt Elio wears in the movie’s final scene. Has ever a clothing combination so swiftly moved an entire audience to tears guttural sobs? I think not!

All the faces on Elio’s shirt are judging you, Academy.
All the faces on Elio’s shirt are judging you, Academy.

In short, Academy, by failing to nominate Giulia Piersanti’s brilliant costumes for Call Me by Your Name, you’ve ignored one of the most stylish films of the year. I pray that you reconsider before March rolls around. Until then, I’ll be waiting here, weeping quietly in front of the fireplace.

Love,

Elana