Sunday offered a lovely, lovely night for Mad Max: Fury Road, which won six Oscars early on, including Sound Design, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Make-up/Hairstyling, Editing, and Costume Design. On one level, of course it did! It’s a massive, moving movie where every frame is lush with visual storytelling and audio nirvana. But on the other hand, many feared The Academy would snub the awe-inspiring action movie, because those old white dudes can get pretty snooty about genre pics. This made these wins all the sweeter for Fury Road fans. But for all the gratitude and attitude Fury Road’s crew brought to the big stage, the spotlight snatcher of the awards first half was undoubtedly costume designer Jenny Beavan.
Not only did she stay on brand by wearing a leather jacket, gloriously emblazoned with the Immortan Joe logo…
Not only did she become a rebel meme thanks in part to The Revenant director Alejandro Inarritu’s sulking…
But also, she’s been a damn Oscars institution that deserved more time, orchestra! Yeah, lots of people get played off. But when Leo can rattle on and a ten-time nominee gets cut short, The Academy looks like elitist bullies. Did I say ten times? YES. Let’s take a look through Beavan’s astonishing career highlights.
The Bostonians (1985 Oscars)
Beavan’s first nomination was for the ruffles, bows, and period glamor she brought to James Ivory adaptation of the Henry James novel. The pair first worked together on the 1979 drama The Europeans, which he helmed and she served as costume assistant on. But this win, cemented a collaboration that would bring Beavan back to the Oscars again and again.
A Room With a View (1987 Oscars)
Observe the madness that was that year’s awards presentation, and Beavan’s first Oscar acceptance, which she shared with collaborator John Bright.
Maurice (1988 Oscars)
Howard’s End (1993 Oscars)
Remains of the Day (1994 Oscars)
Sense and Sensibility (1996 Oscars)
Anna And the King (2000 Oscars)
Gosford Park (2002 Oscars)
The King’s Speech (2011 Oscars)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2016 Oscars)
Bonus: Listen to Beavan talk about her work on Mad Max: Fury Road after her BAFTA win.