Mary Zophres

Mary Zophres is an American costume designer who has worked in the film industry since 1994. She has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design thrice for True Grit (2010), La La Land (2016), and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).[1] She has also been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design four times for Catch Me If You Can (2002), True Grit, La La Land, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.[2]

Mary Zophres
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Zophres in 2018
OccupationCostume designer
Years active1994 – present
Spouse(s)Murray Valeriano


Zophres was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She has Greek roots, with her father having been born in Ioannina.[3] She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York,[4] and she graduated with degrees in art history and studio art. Zophres worked in the fashion industry for Norma Kamali and Esprit.[5] She was hired as the extras wardrobe supervisor for Oliver Stone's 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July, working under costume designer Judy Ruskin.[4][5] She subsequently worked as associate costume designer for Ruskin for three more films, including the 1991 film City Slickers. Zophres moved to Los Angeles and worked for designer Richard Hornung on three films, including the 1994 film The Hudsucker Proxy by the Coen brothers. When Hornung was too sick to work on the Coens' 1996 film Fargo, Zophres took over. She subsequently had a creative partnership with the Coen brothers on all of their subsequent films and has also worked on a variety of other films.[4]


Year Title Director
1994 PCU Hart Bochner
Dumb and Dumber Peter Farrelly
1995 Bushwhacked Greg Beeman
1996 Fargo Joel Coen
Kingpin Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
The Last of the High Kings David Keating
1997 Digging to China Timothy Hutton
Playing God Andy Wilson
1998 The Big Lebowski Joel Coen
God Said Ha! Julia Sweeney
Paulie John Roberts
There's Something About Mary Peter Farrelly
Bobby Farrelly
Where's Marlowe? Daniel Pyne
1999 Thick as Thieves Scott Sanders
Any Given Sunday Oliver Stone
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joel Coen
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There
Ghost World Terry Zwigoff
Moonlight Mile Brad Silberling
2002 Catch Me If You Can Steven Spielberg
View from the Top Bruno Barreto
2003 Intolerable Cruelty Joel Coen
2004 The Ladykillers Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
The Terminal Steven Spielberg
2005 Bewitched Nora Ephron
2006 Smokin' Aces Joe Carnahan
2007 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Lions for Lambs Robert Redford
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Steven Spielberg
Burn After Reading Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
2009 A Serious Man
2010 Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau
True Grit Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Jon Favreau
2012 People Like Us Alex Kurtzman
2013 Gangster Squad Ruben Fleischer
Inside Llewyn Davis Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
2014 Interstellar Christopher Nolan
2016 Hail, Caesar! Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
La La Land Damien Chazelle
2017 Battle of the Sexes Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris
2018 First Man Damien Chazelle
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
2020 Antebellum Gerard Bush
Christopher Renz

Industry AwardsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Year Nominated work Result Ref.
Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards Best Costume Design 2018 First Man Won [6]


  1. ^ "Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "Search Results". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Staff (February 13, 2017). "Greek-American Oscar Nominee Mary Zophres on La La Land". The National Herald. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Landis, Deborah Nadoolman (2012). Filmcraft: Costume Design. Focal Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-0-240-81866-5.
  5. ^ a b "Filmmakers | Mary Zophres | Inside Llewyn Davis". StudioCanal. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "The 10th Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards". Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards. November 2018.

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