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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.
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!
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?
What of the Wayfarers Elio wears, which deftly symbolize his emotional walls whilst protecting his precious eyes from both UVA and UVB rays?
Or the vintage Converse, ingeniously teamed with striped tube socks, that catapulted the scene below to viral meme status?
Academy, find me a film that makes better use of striped cotton. Go ahead, I dare you!
Who could have possibly felt that a waistcoated, bespectacled Gary Oldman was more deserving of fashion praise than the perfect pastel color palette below?!
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!
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.