10costumes_big The costumers can always be counted on to go their own way, so, happily, there are contenders here that don't seem to have much support in other branches — "Maleficent," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," etc. "Exodus: Gods and Kings" will certainly be unique at least amid this year's contenders while "Mr. Turner" and "Selma" showcase period trappings that will earn respect. "Into the Woods" and "The Hobbit" are among those carrying the torch for fantasy, while fashion is at play in "Grace of Monaco" and "Saint Laurent," players on the outside that, again — considering it's a branch that doesn't get swept up in the race elsewhere — can't be discounted.

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