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FRESH AIR: The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and Paul Thomas Anderson‘s film Phantom Thread landed six nominations, including best director and best picture. Set in 1950s London, Phantom Thread stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer who makes gowns for wealthy women and royalty. Anderson — whose previous film credits include There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights — says his latest film was inspired, in part, by iconic designers like Christian Dior and Cristóbal Balenciaga. “They’re known to be the most obsessive of obsessives,” Anderson says. “The relationship that they have to their clients was a really rich venue. It kind of lent itself to something very dramatic.” Anderson was especially intrigued by a photograph of Dior in a workroom of women dressed in white coats. “That, visually and dramatically, was really a great venue for our story,” he says. MORE

PREVIOUSLY: ‘Magnolia’: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Absorbing Mosaic of Compassion, Humanity and the Importance of Forgiveness

PREVIOUSLY: ‘There Will Be Blood’: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Epic Take on American Identity with Day-Lewis’ Performance of a Lifetime

PREVIOUSLY: ‘Boogie Nights’: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Priceless 155-Minute Film School

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