Footwear Designers Share Oscar Picks

The Oscars are coming down to the wire.

With the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, footwear designers dished about which flicks and actors they want to take home the coveted statuettes.

Alexandre Birman selected “The Artist” for best picture because of its ode to the golden age of film. “References for old Hollywood glamour are a constant inspiration to me as I create my collections,” Birman told Footwear News.

United Nude creative director Rem D. Koolhaas was a little unsure about which movie should win because his original picks from 2011 were snubbed by the Academy when it came to nominations. “‘Drive’ and ‘Another Earth’ were my personal favorites,” Koolhaas said. “Of the nominated films, my vote goes to ‘The Descendants.’”

Koolhaas also predicted that the prize for best actor would come down to “Descendants” star George Clooney and “Moneyball” lead Brad Pitt.

For best actress, Koolhaas went with Michelle Williams for “My Week With Marilyn.” “She was amazing in this role, and since the movie came out, Marilyn mania has caught on around the fashion world,” Koolhaas said. “Everyone wants to look like Marilyn again.”

Other designers are pulling for a perennially nominated actress to take the award. “Meryl Streep, [nominated for “The Iron Lady”], is one of my favorite actresses ever,” Burak Uyan said, “not only for her endless charm and beauty but because she lives every part she is playing.”

Birman also is pulling for Streep, a 17-time Oscar-nominated actress and two-time winner. “Meryl Streep, in my eyes, is and will always be one of the greatest actresses of our time,” he said.

In the supporting-actress category, Adidas’ Jeremy Scott is going with the dark horse. “Melissa McCarthy [of “Bridesmaids”] is going to steal it this year,” he said. “She deserves it, and that’s my prediction.”

But not everyone had a chance to see this year’s top films. “I haven’t had enough time to sleep, let alone watch any of the nominated movies,” joked stylist and designer Patricia Field.

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