Often, movies that earn Academy Award nominations for Costume Design are period films. An example from this year is "The Invisible Woman." This movie's costume designer also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the 2011 film "Jane Eyre," which is one of many films based on the classic novel.
"Jane Eyre" is set in the 1800s and stars Mia Wasikowska as the title character. The stalwart heroine had a grim childhood. Her parents died when she was very young, and she lived with her unaffectionate aunt, with whom she had a sour relationship. When Jane grew up, she became governess at Thornfield Hall, owned by the dark and mysterious Edward Rochester (played by Michael Fassbender). As she gets to know him, Jane slowly falls for him.
This version of "Jane Eyre" works very well because it has rock solid performances by the two leads. Mia Wasikowska does an excellent job showing how Jane is haunted by her past. Michael Fassbender is also great. His character is also haunted by his past. He is cold at first, but he ultimately falls for Jane.
The cinematography is looks amazing. It is often dark, which reflects the mood of the film. The movie deserved its Oscar nomination for Costume Design. These costumes are a significant component of the film's process. Jane and Rochester are initially in dark, tight and restrictive costumes. Like their clothing, the characters have no flexibility. When circumstances change, their ensembles, still true to the time period and their circumstances, are less structured, indicating their liberation from the past.
This film ranks among the best versions of "Jane Eyre."