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Diva/Mensch pair for March 8, 2023

Did you know the Academy used to split the Best Costume nominees into black and white and color? That was the case with a lot of categories back in the day. Interesting.

Our diva/mensch pair this week are two nominees for Best Costume Design, Black and White from 1961.

Diva: Piero Gherardi for *La Dolce Vita*

Mensch: Jean Louis for *Judgment at Nuremberg*

*La Dolce Vita* is a splashy, high energy, rather cynical romp through Rome and show business. *Judgment at Nuremberg* is a tough, terse drama about the trial of Nazi judges in Nuremberg in 1947.

I have three questions:

  1. Who would hire Jean Louis to do costumes for *Judgment at Nuremberg*? He was best known for doing fabulous gowns, chic day dresses, costumes that were full of flair - - *Pillow Talk* and *Thoroughly Modern Millie* come to mind. He's an odd choice for the frumpy, ordinary clothes we see in *Judgment at Nuremberg.* Yes, Miss Dietrich looked like a million bucks but she could do that in a T-shirt from Sears.

  2. Am I the only person who has trouble with the spelling of the word "judgment"? It seems so arbitrary that there's no E after the G.

  3. How on earth did our old buddy Hubert de Givenchy not get a Costume Design Color nomination for *Breakfast at Tiffany's*? Those were some of the most iconic costumes in movie history.

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