Atwood is now head-to-head — 10 noms and three wins — with “Hugo”‘s Sandy Powell. If she wins, she’ll become the most-Oscar-lauded costume designer.

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"It’s a good day today,” Colleen Atwood tellsTHRan understatement for a day on which the acclaimed designer received her 10th Oscar nomination for achievement in costume design for the film Snow White and the Huntsman.She found out Thursday morning from one of her daughter’s schoolmates in Massachusetts, a young boy who is an avowed film buff who called to tell her.

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Atwood is now tied with another iconic costume designer, Sandy Powell, for nominations and wins. Powell won for Shakespeare in Lovein 1999,The Aviator in 2004 and Young Victoria in 2010 and most recently was nominated for 2011's Hugo.

Atwood also has won three Oscars — for 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, 2005'sMemoirs of a Geishaand 2002'sChicago.

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Atwood is competing withJoanna Johnston’s carefully researched costumes in circa-1865Lincoln, Jacqueline Durran’sFranco-Russian couture for Anna Karenina, Paco Delgado’s French period costumes for Les Miserables and the late Oscar-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka’s work on her final film, Mirror Mirror.

Just like Delgado, Durran and Johnston, Atwood also has been nominated for aBAFTA costume design honor.

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She calls Snow White a "particularly stylistically challenging film. It was a great and very exciting design experience, and I always like to challenge myself.“

As for what she will don to the technical awards Feb. 9, she’s worn big-name designers — such as J. Mendel and ChristianLacroix — in the past. But she's also talking about wearing a dress she's designed for herself — in other words, a couture Colleen Atwood. “It's easy for me to design something and have it made quickly. I can figure that out myself.”

She designed an Oscar gown for Helena Bonham Carter for the 2011 Academy Awards.

By Elizabeth Snead